Sandra Spalding, Director of Marketing at Twin Liquors, has created a handy spring wine pairings menu just in time for this weekend’s celebrations. Sandra expertly chose a variety of wines with palates perfect for picnic spreads, patio parties and sit down dinner entrees. All featured wines, from ports to rosés, are available for purchase at Twin Liquors.
STARTER – Fonseca Bin No. 27 Port $$
Pour 2 – 3 oz. in a glass filled with ice, and top with tonic and a hearty squeeze of lemon. Garnish with mint, orange slices and cherries, and it’ll be the best alternative to Sangria!
SALAD NICOISE – Sean Minor 4 Bears Chardonnay $
This Central California Coast Chardonnay has aromatic notes of apricot and honeydew, gentle notes of butter, and green apple and pear flavors that provide a refreshing finish.
SPRING ROLLS – Mud House Sauvignon Blanc $
At first sip, the front palate will be greeted with fresh melon, citrus and grapefruit flavors followed by crisp acidity allowing for a long mouth-watering finish.
PASTA with GREEN VEGGIES – Côté Mas Rosé $
Made in Languedoc-Roussillon, France, this rosé offers notes of cherry and strawberry with a smooth yet rich, decadent flavor of ripe red fruit and well-balanced acidity.
BEET SALAD – Chandon Sparkling Red $$
With combined flavors of plum, black cherry and sweet cranberry, and hints of cocoa, bergamot orange and spice, this full-bodied sparkling red invigorates the palate.
PICNIC PARTY – Shania Monastrell Box Wine, 3 Liter $$
This wine sports cassis and blueberry flavors and an intense deep red cherry color with fine tannins and acidity that provide a long, savory finish – all from a box!
ROASTED PORK LOIN OR LEG OF LAMB – I Veroni Chianti Rufina $$
With ripe red fruit aromas, this medium-bodied, dry Italian red is the perfect companion for traditional Tuscan red meat, game and poultry dishes.
GRILLED CHOPS OR VEGGIES – Acheval Ferrer Argentinian Malbec $$
Made from a variety of Mendoza grapes, this Malbec will greet a nose and palate with fresh notes of blackberry, raspberry and violets, and its silky tannins provide a lengthy finish.
EVERYTHING – Taittinger Brut La Francaise $$$
Made from a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, this wine is unique due to its higher proportion of Chardonnay grape than other non-vintage champagnes and its extended aging process. With its aromatic maturity, this champagne is characterized by its delicate aromas of peach, white flowers, vanilla and brioche notes, and its fresh fruit and honey tones.
PATIO PARTY BUFFET—Palo Duro Canyon TX Sauv Blanc or Zinfandel $
Texas tried and true – both of these wines pair beautifully with an array of spring fare. The Sauvignon Blanc is crisp and fresh, and the Red Zinfandel is packed with luscious fruit flavors.