Picture yourself sitting at a small table by a window overlooking a sun-splashed patio crowded with bright spring flowers. A light breeze caresses your face while the sun warms it. Your crisp white napkin is folded in your lap, and your wine glass is sparkling in the light, while you and a friend share a story and laugh about the long-gone threat of winter.
Now, imagine what’s in your glass:
Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut sparkling cava (~$12 for 750ml and $3 for the mini) – Winemaker’s notes: Crisp, creamy, clean and well-balanced sparkling wine. The fresh palate combines apple, ripe pear and bright citrus with a long finish and a touch of ginger. Comes in that sexy black bottle we all recognize – a big seller in the U.S. for decades – and goes well with almost any food. Statistics show this as the #1 imported sparkling wine in the world.
Baron Philippe de Rothschild Mouton Cadet Rosé 2015 (~$11) – Winemaker’s notes: The very fresh nose opens on red currant, raspberry and pink grapefruit aromas, followed by cherry and garrigue (an herb mix of the juniper, thyme, rosemary and lavender plants that grow low to the ground in limestone)notes that make the wine aromatically complex. Then when it hits your palate you get freshness, too, along with citrus touches, and a nice lingering finish.
Perhaps a cucumber and mint cocktail made with vodka and tonic? Get the Prairie Spring Fever recipe here, and read about the organic vodka on Prairie Organic Spirits. Or maybe a combination of tequila, cherry, lime and agave is up your alley. Get the recipe here for The Bass from Maestro Dobel®.
Whatever you choose to drink, even if you choose to lose the booze with a lovely DRY Sparkling vanilla bean, make sure you’re ready to celebrate spring flowers and sun and life. The time is near.