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Snooth User: rolifingers

Now that Spring is here....

Posted by rolifingers, Apr 3, 2011.

Now that Spring is here, what wines will grace your dinner tables ?


Reply by WineDineTV, Apr 3, 2011.

Spring time definitively brings more Rose's to our table, but not the so called easy "Summer Sippers". We enjoy drier French style wines. Our current favorite is Sunstone Syrah  Rose with delicious strawberry, citrus and tropical fruit flavors and pretty good alcohol levels. The aromas and flavors really shine if the wine stays in the glass for a few minutes and warms up a little over 50°.  Here are a few pairings we truly enjoyed last week; Calamari sandwich, grilled Salmon with Mango salsa and Tri Tip  with mild seasoning.


Judit & Corina

Reply by rolifingers, Apr 3, 2011.
Edited Apr 3, 2011

It seems that many people hit the Blush and the White wines when spring rolls around. Meals take on a lighter tone and the wines follow.

Judit & Corina, I'll try and hunt down the Sunstone Syrah  Rose and give it a go.I hit the Sauvignon Blanc, Gewurtztraminer, and Pinot Grigio hard in the summer.

A summer meal might consist of a tossed salad topped with tuna and un bicchiere di Sauvignon Blanc ( a glass of Sauvignon Blanc )


                                     Grazie mille !

Reply by Stephen Harvey, Apr 3, 2011.


Tis but the opposite for us who live South of the equator, the days are getting shorter and the nights colder, so the we are moving into the autumn time. 

Having said that we are fortunate too get many fabulous days and cool nights that are perfect for drinking just about anything.

For me I can now look forward to a Guiness or our local equivalent Coopers Stout for a good warming beer. 

And it becomes Shiraz and Cabernet time, cold Friday/Saturday nights, lots of red wine and hopfully some open fires occasionally

Reply by Peppino, Apr 3, 2011.

I agree with Roli..i think of spring and fresh spring veggies so generally I tend to lean towards SB .. and I also like dry rose... i'd appreciate some other recommendations to go with things like spring asparagus, baby atichokes, ramps, etc

Reply by rolifingers, Apr 3, 2011.

SH, that sounds awesome, it really does, beautiful day's and cool night's, it doesn't get better than that. You can pretty much enjoy anything in that type of varying climate. Let the bonfire's blaze and let the red wine flow my friend.

Peppino, try Dr. Konstantin Frank Rkatsiteli, this white wine is awesome! Citrus on the nose and very crisp and clean with citrus notes on the palate.

Rkatsiteli is a varietal that was pretty popular in the Soviet Union.



Reply by Peppino, Apr 3, 2011.

Thanks Roli..I need to try some and report back

Reply by amour, Apr 10, 2013.

I am reviving this...I suddenly remembered that

ROLIFINGERS liked Dr.Frank's (FINGER LAKES/NEW YORK) offerings too!!!!

Reply by rolifingers, Apr 10, 2013.

Oh yes AMOUR, the Dr. Konstantin Frank Rkatsiteli is an insanely crisp and refreshing, citrusy white wine. A must try.

Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Apr 11, 2013.

Very appropriate post as I've been working on Spring time content here. Lots of Vermentino and Fiano most likely, and always Pinot Bianco. Zinfandel and Petite Sirah for the grill, though will have to break out some Northern Rhone Syrah if it's lamb on the grill!

Reply by rolifingers, Apr 11, 2013.

@GDP : I discovered Vermentino about 3 years ago and am totally taken in by it. I've never had Fiano, I have to look into it.

Reply by Richard Foxall, Apr 12, 2013.

GDP, don't forget those Falanghinas, tasty whites from Italy that can be had for not a whole lot of cash.  Or a little Arneis from Piemonte.

N. Rhone Syrah and lamb?  We're going to be grilling a leg for the Que Syrah tasting sometime in the next couple months, so let me know when you will be in the Bay Area again--we'll see if we can accommodate your schedule. 

Roli, been meaning to try some Rkatsiteli and wondered if I ought to put the Finger Lakes into the mix.  That's decided it for me.

Reply by rolifingers, Apr 12, 2013.

@FOXALL : Finger Lakes Rkatsiteli is amazing. My first taste of it was at a wine shop in NYC called BOTTLEROCKET and I was blown away by it.

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