Dining & Wine

5 Wines That Sing Spring

May 21, 2023

Raise a glass to warm weather, cherry blossoms and patio hangs with the perfect bottle—plus music to match. —Noa Nichol

Liquidity Estate 2022 Rosé of Pinot Noir: Bursting with aromas of tangelo, white nectarine and pink grapefruit, Liquidity‘s 2022 Rosé of Pinot Noir shines like a bright spring day. Beautiful texture and minerality from concrete tulip fermenters is perfectly balanced with juicy acidity, and notes of delicate citrusy florals round out the experience. Pair with watermelon and feta salad and salmon sashimi, while vibing to Floors by Abhi The Nomad.

CedarCreek Estate 2022 Pinot Noir Rosé: Wild strawberry and grapefruit on the nose are complemented on the palate by white flowers and a raspberry fruit character. This wine is bone dry, but the fruit brings a lovely sweetness that fleshes the wine out. Pair with thyme-roasted chicken, Gouda cheese, salmon and salads, chicken tacos, asparagus or creamy Italian pasta, while vibing to absolutely any song by Vancouver-based Grammy award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan.

Red Barn 2021 Off Centre Viognier: This is a young, fresh, and rebellious wine that does not conform. There is a kind of exuberance to this Viognier that does not follow formula or tradition. If you are not afraid to take the road less travelled—this is a wine for you. Pair with poultry, especially turkey and grilled chicken, while vibing to Canadian country singer Dean Brody’s You Got the Wrong Guy.

Mission Hill 2021 Reserve Pinot Noir: Notes of fresh wild strawberries, raspberries and spice are captured to achieve a nuanced and expressive wine. Try a fun spring pairing with char siu pork or crispy duck pancakes, while vibing to Canadian jazz pianist and singer Diana Krall’s 15th studio album, This Dream of You.

Road 13 2018 Sparkling Chenin Blanc: Crisp, ripe apple, pear and citrus notes mingle with toasty brioche aromas on the nose, while vibrant apple and pear flavours with an elegant mousse and lengthy finish entice the palate. Pair with raw oysters, smoked salmon, Sunday Brunch, fresh seafood, grilled asparagus with Hollandaise sauce, fresh strawberries and cream, salad Nicoise with seared tuna, crab, lobster, summer salads or solo, while vibing to Blues rock singer Colin James’ 20th studio album, Open Road.


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