Posted on | April 18, 2012 | Written by David Bertot | No Comments
Spring is most certainly in full swing, bringing that fantastic sense of renewal and a much needed switch from such the strange, warm winter we had in New York. Along with sunny skies and optimism, spring also brings new wines. As Logistics and Acquisitions Manager at IWM, I get a sneak peak at the wines coming to our cellar long before anyone else. I wanted to share some of these spring gems that are available now.
First I would like to start with off with a fresh, clean sparkling wine from the Catalonia region of Spain, the Raventos i Blanc Cava Brut Rosé de Nit NV. The Mediterranean climate is perfect for this blend of Macabeo grapes used to produce this gorgeous rose; the wine is exactly like a sunny 72 degree day: bright, clean, and very pretty. For $22.99 a bottle, this is a wine that I buy this by the case for spring and summer visitors; it’s a perfect daytime sipper.
I am huge fan of the Poderi Aldo Conterno Langhe Chardonnay Bussiador 2008—it complements an array of spring dishes. This 100-percent Chardonnay from Piemonte’s Bussia vineyards offers a fuller, sharper expression of Chardonnay and an absolute favorite pairing of mine with ramps (and you can meet its maker at a special five-course dinner IWM wine-tasting event on April 24 in NYC). Although the Bussiador would age for a few years, it would sing now paired with a quiche made of ramps and other spring veggies like fiddleheads. Finally, I want to mention an excellent choice for the warmer spring afternoons: Chavy Chouet Meursault Narvaux 2010. This white Burgundy is an excellent and classic expression of the Meursault region with an edgy, crisp body along with some racy, juicy white fruit that would be perfect to serve chilled on a warm spring afternoon.