Spring is here and by “here,” I mean that the calendar has declared Winter to be over. While we know that God and Al Gore laugh at our light jacket-wearing plans, it’s still a good time to switch up your wine rotation and please your palate with a few new grape goodies. Check out 5 of our current office faves and pray for the opportunity to bring one to a picnic before August!
1) 2013 SIMI Sonoma Country Rosé ($27; at select on-premise locations nationwide)
Perfect for a brunch of shrimp and grits, or as a pre-dinner aperitif, this is a bright, fresh rosé with notes of berries, cherries and just a hint of spice. Fun fact: SIMI employs women in the important roles of Director of Winemaking and Winemaker---and this Rosé was inspired by the winery’s matriarch, Isabelle Simi. Girl power? We’ll drink to that.
2) 2011 Jam Jar Moscato ($12)
Moscato is such a polarizing wine; either you love it, hate it---or pretend to love or hate it. What we like about this South African variety is that it packs those strong peach and apricot flavors that muscat grape-worshippers crave, but without the cloying sweetness that turns off fans of dry wines.
This value-priced Columbia Valley vino doesn’t skimp on quality, with crisp notes of lime and tangerine. Someone in the office who’s name rhymes with “Wameelah” enjoyed it a bit too much, but ensured everyone else that it was fantastic.
4) Banfi’s Rosa Regale ($20)
One of our favorite sparkling reds, you may be surprised how sweet Rosa Regale is…in a good way. The strawberry and raspberry notes are perfect for paring with a dark chocolate mouse or rich crème brulee.
5) Voga Quattro ($11)
Might be the most ‘do it for the ‘Gram’ friendly bottle we’ve seen in ages, but the sexy packaging isn’t the only reason to check out the full-bodied, fruity merlot-cabernet-shiraz-pinot noir varietal.
Jamilah Lemieux is EBONY.com's Senior Editor and Senior Closet Moscato Drinker. Tweet her: @jamilahlemieux