Wines to try this Spring
Here in Arizona, the temps are quickly rising, and we are turning on the air conditioning in our cars. This time of year bottles of rosé start showing up everywhere in wine stores. I love a good dry rosé, but there are many other interesting options to get to know on these beautiful warm days and cool, breezy nights.
Keenan Winery’s 2014 Mernet Reserve
I have a special affinity with this winery because of my family’s connection to the wonderful Keenan family. Their 2014 Mernet Reserve is a delicious 50/50 blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, which The Wine Advocate calls “elegant, intense and authoritative.” It has bright high-tones with a deep red structure and is excellent paired with food.
Taittinger’s Brut La Francaise
The popularity of champagne and sparkling wine continues to grow, and I’m on board with that. I have a magnum of the Taittinger Brut La Francaise sitting in my office, and soon the cork will be popped, and we’ll celebrate some milestone or simply getting through the workweek. This champagne is described as giving off the fragrance of peach, white flowers, and vanilla pod, while “the entry onto the palate is lively, fresh and in total harmony.” It’s light and fruity, crisp and well-balanced — perfect for spring.
Frank Family Vineyard’s 2015 Lewis Vineyard Reserve Chardonnay
I’m not a Chardonnay enthusiast, but I love this one. “This bright, golden straw-colored Chardonnay has pronounced notes of lemon peel, butterscotch, and toasted brioche on the nose. Lush and full-bodied on the palate, concentrated lemon zest flavors and a bright, balanced acidity carry the wine through its long finish.” –frankfamilyvineyards.com
I’d love to hear about your wine discoveries, so send your recommendations our way!
Liz Shabaker is the Chief Operations Officer and is a Principal at Versant Capital Management, Inc., overseeing the firm’s wealth management practice. Her understanding of a broader wealth picture is important to our clients. Liz’s reach goes beyond the financial arena into multiple not-for-profit organizations where she serves to help abused and homeless children and other citizenship commitments that impact our community.