Penny’s Picks: The Right Wines for Spring Sipping

21st Mar 2017 @ 10:25 by Matt

Spring is here! We’re celebrating the First Day of Spring and the Vernal Equinox this week, which is a perfect opportunity for us to try different food and wine pairings. Spring is a perfect time to break out refreshing white and rosé wines. We have a few highly acclaimed recommendations for you with top wines from the Texas Wine Journal, and a medal winner from the TEXSOM International Wine Awards.

In its recently published review of white wine blends, the Texas Wine Journal evaluated 17 wines submitted by 12 producers in Texas. Seven wine professionals evaluated the wines in a blind tasting format using a specific scoring system. In a state as large as Texas, it’s easy to understand that several white grape varieties were used in the blends. What’s interesting is that The Top 5 all contain Roussanne and all Top 10 contain Rhone Varietals. We are thrilled to have both our 2015 Bridal Veil and 2015 Terre Blanc selected in the Top 10.

The TEXSOM International Wine Awards continues to grow in its importance, and attracted a record 3,581 entries from 29 countries and 19 U.S. States this year. All wines were blind-tasted and judged by 71 internationally renowned industry influencers from 5 countries. Texas wines fared well with several awards. Our 2015 Rosé de Dolcetto won a Bronze Medal in the prestigious competition.

Pairing Top Rated Wines with Grilled Food

Spring is a perfect time to grill food outside in the beautiful Texas weather. Wine is a fantastic accompaniment with grilled food as the naturally occurring sugar, acidity and alcohol in wine complement almost anything cooked with flames.

Here are my recommendations for Spring wine and grilled food pairings with our wines:

Wedding Oak Winery Bridal Veil 2015, Texas High Plains with Grilled Veggies

Whether grilled veggies like asparagus, mushrooms, zucchini, eggplant and corn are your main course or a side dish, picking the right wine can turn it into the star of the show. The fire-roasted char and caramelization of grilled vegetables beg for fuller-bodied whites with a hint of residual sugar.

Our 2015 Bridal Veil, made with a blend of Trebbiano and Vermentino has enticing tropical aromas of pineapple and mango that bring out the fragrance of charred vegetables. These vibrant fruity flavors carry through to the finish, with crisp acidity that makes it versatile with a wide selection of veggies.

Wedding Oak Winery Terre Blanc 2015, Texas Hill Country and Grilled Chicken

Grilled chicken always makes me think of carefree days and picnics by the lake. The hot coals bring out the best in the bird. The sweet caramelization and bitter char from the grill make it an excellent partner with buoyant white wines. Well textured Marsanne, aromatic peachy Viognier and tart, Trebbiano are all excellent choices to pair with grilled chicken.

Our Terre Blanc 2015 is an amazing wine with a fruitiness and lively tanginess that goes great with almost any style of grilled chicken. It’s made with estate -grown Marsanne, Viognier and Roussanne grapes. It has a rich texture, honeysuckle fragrance, scents of tea, with spiced apricot, ripe pear and white peach flavors and a bit of spice.

Wedding Oak Winery 2015 Rosé de Dolcetto, Texas High Plains, Diamante Doble Vineyard and Grilled Fish

Selecting the right wine to pair well with grilled seafood is probably easier than grilling the fish itself. A range of wines with high acid are great with grilled seafood. Think of the kind of wines that make you pucker a little bit like tart, minerally dry rosé. These types of wines go well with any type of seafood that you would normally squeeze a little lemon onto.

Our Rosé De Dolcetto 2015 is delicate enough that it won’t overpower lighter fish, but fruity and vibrant enough for fattier fish like trout or salmon. It was made using the Saignée method, separating out the juice just after crushing the fruit with slight amount of skin contact time, giving it a delightful watermelon color. This wine has fresh aromas and flavors of red berry fruit, including red currant, raspberry, cranberry and fresh picked strawberry with a touch of lemon zest. The mouth feel is bright in the front with a warm clove-like spiciness in the mid to end palate.

Spring doesn't last long in Texas so no matter what you choose to grill, take this opportunity to try a variety of award winning Wedding Oak wine pairings to discover which ones you like most.