In honor of May we would like to recommend some great floral wines to reflect the overall mood of spring. For more information visit Wine Enthusiast Magazine.
The following wines, all of which have distinctive floral notes, pair well with spring foods—fresh salads, light meat, soft, fresh cheeses, and fresh fish.
Viognier: A vibrantly floral white from the Northern Rhône with a bouquet of orange blossom, honeysuckle, peaches, and apricots. Its full body appeals to Chardonnay drinkers.
Chenin Blanc: Originally from the Loire, Chenin Blanc is now grown around the world. Crisp acidity and signature aromas of honey, honeysuckle, straw, and melon stand out in wines produced in cooler regions. Try slightly-sweet versions from Vouvray or South Africa.
Torrontes: Argentina’s signature white grape has a hint of orange blossom and citrus fruit on the nose, rounded off with sweet tropical mango and peach flavors. Dry, full-bodied, and crisp, Torrontes is generally a great value.
Muscat: Grown around the world, Muscat is probably the most aromatic white wine of all, with intense aromas of musky perfume and ripe grapes.
Gewürztraminer: Though the literal translation of the German “gewürz” is “spicy,” the contextual meaning is more likely “perfumed.” Gewürztraminer is full-bodied, with a heady nose of roses, gardenias, and honeysuckles and flavors of mangos, peaches and sweet spices.
Riesling: Along with a distinctive apple and floral bouquet, Riesling tends to pick up minerality from the vineyard that gives the nose additional depth. They’re naturally high in acid and made in a variety of styles from bone-dry to sweet—the best come from cool-climate areas like Germany, Alsace, and New York.
Arneis: Originally grown in Italy’s Piedmont region, Arneis is a fragrant white with apple, peach, and pear aromas and flavors.