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It's classy if it's on a patio: Wines for spring

CBC's master of wine Barbara Philip hits us with her recommendations.

CBC's master of wine Barbara Philip hits us with her recommendations


Winter is over, and it's time to spring into light, fresh wines.

"You don't really feel like something zippy in acidity and citrus-scented usually in the wintertime," said CBC wine master Barbara Philip

Philip is keeping an eye on a few established wine countries with new offerings.

Greece isn't just about Retsina anymore, and Australia isn't all Shiraz and Chardonnay. 

Philip recommends keeping an eye out for chalky-textured whites and fruity reds, and Australia's Pinot Noir and Semillon.

"We're really in a period of experimentation as wine consumers," said Philip.

Here are a few of her recommendations for wines for your next get-together with friends on the patio or — depending on the weather — the couch:

La Guardiense Falanghina. Campania, Italy. 2014. $18.99

In the spirit of 'what's old is new again', many Italian producers are focusing on their indigenous, ancient grape varieties. The white grape, Falanghina, is one of the stars of the south with its salt, ripe fruit and zippy acidity. 

Blue Mountain Vineyards Chardonnay. Okanagan Valley. 2015. $20.90

Blue Mountain has just released the latest vintage of its Chardonnay and it is, as expected. It is a restrained style of Chardonnay driven by apple, pear and subtle floral notes. Oak ageing gives hints of toast and spice.  

Domaine Bonnet Huteau Muscadet Sèvre et Maine. Loire Valley, France. 2015. $23.99

This sustainably produced Muscadet has arrived in B.C. just in time to celebrate spring. It is dry with notes of wet stones and white flowers with a citrus-scented finish. Think of it with west coast seafood. 

Château la Besage 'Grande Cuvée'. Bergerac, France. 2014. $18.99

Though wines from Bergerac and neighbouring regions are common in Paris bistros, we don't get an opportunity to try many of them here. The Château la Besage (a Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc blend) would be a perfect accompaniment to your next steak frites.

​With files from CBC Radio One's On the Coast