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Springtime Wines for Mother’s Day

By  Maureen Rooney, Wine Consultantwine pairing

Celebrating Mother’s Day is a good reason to break out all the great Springtime Wines that complement the season and enhance the flavors of our Spring menus.  Whether you know what type of wine Mom likes or not, this is a great opportunity to introduce her to wines that she may not know she likes!

Cersius is a wonderfully light white Cotes du Rhone and this year the blend is White Grenache and Sauvignon Blanc. It has a straw yellow color with scents of citrus and flowers.  This wine, which is aged in concrete tanks not oak barrels, is light and crisp with hints of lime and pineapple. It has a medium body and pairs well with grilled game hens, grouper and goat cheese. Cersius is also a perfect wine for brunch when pairing with a fresh asparagus and cheese frittata or quiche.  Definitely a new favorite with the locals!

Another springtime favorite is Jules Taylor Pinot Gris from Marlborough, New Zealand. Many of our customers have heard me tell the story of this exemplary winemaker. Jules was the original winemaker for Kim Crawford wines. When Kim sold his company to the big wine conglomerate, Constellation Wines, in the early 2000’s, Jules said she was parting ways and began making wine from her own vineyards. And the awards came chasing her down! She makes some of the most flavorful wines I’ve ever tasted. Her Pinot Gris has that great bold Marlborough style that is known for big flavors. I like this wine paired with grilled shrimp and scallops. It’s excellent with a Seafood Fettuccini Alfredo as the acidity in the wine makes a good contrast to the creamy parmesan sauce.

Let’s talk about Rosés. Ok, once again, not White Zin! I’m talking about Villa Gemma Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Rosé. If you haven’t had a Montepuliciano Rosé you have been missing out on a whole world of wines.  A firm bodied wine with notes of dried cherries and pomegranate make this wine a perfect complement for grilled chicken and honey cured ham. This rosé is absolutely awesome with an herb and parmesan crusted salmon with grilled zucchini and tomatoes. Great, now I’ve made myself hungry!

Speaking of grilled salmon, Pinot Noir is always a good choice for those who love red wines but want to keep it light for brunch. Our most popular Pinot Noir comes from Aspirations Winery and is very well balanced and has a smooth flavor of dark berries and slight acidity making it excellent with fatty fish or turkey.  Pinot Noirs are quite different depending on its region and because it is a very delicate grape, its’ characteristics depend heavily on the climate. Lighter bodied Pinot Noirs are evident in France while California Pinot Noirs from the Russian River Valley are bolder in texture and in flavor. Experiment with a few to find “your” favorite Pinot.

We really can’t do brunch, especially a Mother’s Day Brunch, without some bubbly! Time to break out the Prosecco! We recommend Carra Pulcinella from Treviso, Italy.  Our most favorite Prosecco comes from the Nicola Biscardo Collection.  Mostly everyone has had a peach Bellini or two, just by mixing Prosecco with peach or apricot nectar, but this year we are choosing to celebrate Plant City strawberries. Halve a few of those plump, juicy berries in your glass and enjoy the local flavor of Spring!   Sweeten some mascarpone cheese with a little powdered sugar and alternately layer with strawberries in a parfait glass for a fresh and light dessert!

Stop by Siesta Key Wines and we will help you select the perfect wine for your mom! Siesta Key Wines is located in the Village on Siesta Key. 5138C Ocean Blvd, 941-552-9105.