Offbeat Spring Whites

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Offbeat Spring Whites
I love spring. In fact, it’s my favorite time of year. The return of warmer weather, the bursting forth of new life, the promise of so much all wrapped up in these first few days of the season that I am filled with remarkable enthusiasm for doing. Not the planting-trees-in-40-degree-weather kind of doing, rather the lazing on the patio, watching trees planted years ago bloom while sipping new wines kind of doing.
Spring is also a season of rebirth for wine, in many cases marking the return of lighter red, rosé and white wines that have been missing from the table since the onset of winter. At the same time, it’s also a season that epitomizes change, and is a great chance to take stock of one's palate. The evolution of an individual’s appreciation for wine is far from a straight line. You take detours, have frivolous relationships, are sometimes tricked into temporary trysts, but almost always keep moving forward.
In order to keep moving forward, though, you have to continuously experience what is new, and there is always something new—maybe not to your liking, but certainly new. One of the great things about trying wines this time of year, and I’ll focus on lighter-style white wines for now, is that they are plentiful and relatively inexpensive. So come along and take a look at what’s new and unusual out there in the world of light white wines. One of these might be just the ticket to get your vinous journey of discovery jump-started. They certainly got me looking forward to the bounty of spring!

White wine picnic image via shutterstock 

Offbeat Spring Whites

Longoria Albarino Clover Creek Vineyard Santa Ynez Valley (2010)
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Adelsheim Auxerrois (2010)
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Ghost Hill Cellars Pinot Noir Blanc (2010)
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Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc Viognier (2011)
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Boeckel Sylvaner Mittelbergheim Vieilles Vignes (2009)
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Alamos Torrontes (2011)
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Ballentine Vineyards Chenin Blanc Napa Valley Pocai Vineyard (2009)
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Caymus Conundrum California (2010)
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Montgravet Colombard Côtes de Gascogne (2011)
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Tower 15 Grenache Blanc Paso Robles (2010)
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Jacuzzi Family Vineyard Arneis Paicines (2009)
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  • Snooth User: Wayne Young
    1109197 67

    It's REALLY disappointing to read these lists where Italian whites are constantly snubbed. Only one Italian variety and it's grown in CA. Spain, on the other hand is CONSISTENTLY represented.

    Apr 24, 2013 at 4:12 AM

  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
    Hand of Snooth Voice of Snooth
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    Oh Wayne, Patience. Italian Whites will have a list of their own in just a few days.

    Apr 24, 2013 at 7:23 AM

  • Snooth User: Wayne Young
    1109197 67

    Ah! Now your singin' my canzone! ;-)

    Apr 24, 2013 at 8:34 AM

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