Spring has that special finesse that makes you want to take advantage of every nice day, and spend it outside. Whether you are planning the perfect picnic or ordering off a food truck grabbing a park bench, there’s nothing more special then pairing a bottle of Sterling Wine with your meal of choice.
I like to take the scenic route when I have some sunny days off, and find myself a spot in Central Park. A big blanket, great company, and my True Fabrications Picnic Baskets hold everything I need (including a bottle or two of wine). Sterling Vineyards has an array of affordable, yet luxurious wine selections that fit every budget. I happen to love the Sparkling Brut, which kicks off the start to a great picnic brunch or lunch!
2013 Sterling Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc
This 2013 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc is the perfect addition to any early in the day date. It pairs beautifully with simple sandwiches and your favorite cheese. On the nose, this Sauvignon Blanc begins on has fragrant aromas of white peach and bright white flowers. Stone fruit and honeydew melon come through on the palate, followed by ripe grapefruit. Associate Winemaker John Hazak used lees stirring, which contributed to the smooth viscosity and silky mouth-feel of this bright and fragrant wine. ($17.77).
For a casual later in the day date with your special someone, Sterling Napa Valley Chardonnay is the wine to sip in the backyard or on your patio with some grilled shrimp or fish. For those fortunate enough to have a grill, backyard, or patio to spend a sunny spring day on, this Chard will surely please! This wine is very much a typical California Chardonnay with rich, golden characters. Ripe yellow apple skins and citrus fruit fill the glass, and are accompanied by lingering but flagrant oak spices. The barrel contribution leaves a honey and almond impression across the finish, which is striking and beautiful. This elegant, full-bodied Chardonnay can stand up to seafood, grilled meats, and grilled vegetables with no problem. ($17.99).
If you’re fortunate enough to have a favorite BYOB near you, the Sterling Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a must-have! Red is a year round wine, and shouldn’t be locked in the cellar just because it’s warm out. This wine has intense aromas of toasty oak and spice that unfold with layers of cardamom, cedar, dark chocolate and anise. On the mouth this wine is velvety, plush and round, making it great with grilled meats, spring vegetable risotto, or pasta with mushrooms and cream sauce. The palate delivers layers of red fruit, brown sugar, and black licorice, which are complimented by chocolaty tannins that melt into a long finish. The cooler vintage left a lift of acid that makes it perfect for pairing with food. ($27.99).
Celebrating something extra special this spring? Sterling Platinum is the culmination of Sterling’s finest grapes and state-of-the-art winemaking. Dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon, this classic Bordeaux-style blend has a big, inky-black color with forward aromas of cocoa, espresso, toast and black currant. A bold mouthfeel thats full bodied with notes of black-cherry intensely takes over your palate, leaving you with smooth tannins and caramel pastry notes that extend into a long and satisfying finish. ($70.00).
Spring is also wedding and bridal shower season! Sterling Sparkling Brut is perfect when toasting to the bride and groom, gabbing with your girlfriends, or celebrating something special with your someone special. Sterling’s Brut Sparkling Wine is fun and lively with vibrant flavors and refreshing acidity. The nose opens with crisp orange peel and bright lemon zest. Green apple and Alpine strawberry flavors follow through with delicate but persistent bubbles. Crafted in Methode Traditionnelle (Traditional Method), this sparkling wine has notes of fresh baked bread and caramel that lead to a long lasting finish. A touch of minerality is noticed and adored in this wine, making it a perfect picnic wine! This lively bubbly makes for an excellent pairing with toasted nuts, a pungent blue cheese or a plate of fried shrimp. ($50.00).
Spring has sprung and it’s time you and your special someone went outside and had a little fun. Picnic’s in the park are a fun way to spend the day and do something different outdoors. Always remember to eat what you like and drink what you love – please pair responsibly!