Spring. It's a celebration of everything fresh, light, and bright. So, I'm thinking, a spring wine & appetizer pairings gathering is a fun way to show off how wines can complement the fresh new flavours of spring.
In the spring and summer, we love looking to fresh, bright, white wines. Wines to go along with the first new produce and foods from the sea that show up in our gardens, farmers markets, and shops.
This post is sponsored by Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Wines. As always, all opinions are my own. Please enjoy wine responsibly.
So, for this post, I'm partnering with Woodbridge Wines by Robert Mondavi. I have created some delicious spring appetizers to pair with their wonderful white wines in celebration of the delectable tastes of spring.
Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi white wines have bright, fruit-forward flavours and smooth finishes. Which makes them ideal for celebrating everyday moments with family and friends this spring and summer.
On the patio, out on the deck, around a campfire, or at the cabin or cottage, those spring and summer memories are the best memories, aren't they?
White wines are great for sipping with a meal, or even in a recipe, like these delicious Pan Seared Scallops in Chardonnay Butter Sauce. Appetizer pairings, on the other hand, can really showcase the individual wines unique compatibility with foods.
So, I'm celebrating spring with three of these delicious wines, and pairing them with the tastes of spring in the form of appetizer bites.
White Zinfandel & Cajun Crab Cakes
About White Zinfandel
The Pairing: Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Wines, 2016 California White Zinfandel with these mini Cajun Crab Cakes. This lovely, pink pastel-hued White Zinfandel is refreshingly bright and crisp.
And, this White Zinfandel has a very slightly sweet note. With fruity hints of citrus, strawberry and sour cherry, this is a versatile wine for pairing with spring bites. For me, It's the perfect wine for enjoying just by itself with friends on the patio this spring and summer.
However, because of it's fruity personality, this White Zinfandel works beautifully with spicy foods, like these Cajun Crab Cakes. The slight sweetness balances the heat and spice of Cajun flavours. While the citrus notes in the wine pair so well with the crab.
Spring Wine & Appetizer Pairings: Cajun Crab Cakes
And, don't stop there, because this White Zinfandel is also perfectly paired with a board of fruit and tangy cheeses.
Sauvignon Blanc & Asparagus Puffs
About Sauvignon Blanc
The pairing: Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Wines, 2016 California Sauvignon Blanc with Asparagus Puffs. The compounds in asparagus that give it its distinctive flavour can make it difficult to pair it with many wines.
Because of this, a lighter, white wine with citrus and grassy notes is a good choice for pairing with this beloved spring veggie.
And Sauvignon Blanc perfectly complements these delicious asparagus puffs. It has just the right amount of refreshing acidity. This wine is crisp and bright and, as with all of these featured wines, has a fruit-forward profile.
Spring Wine Appetizer Pairings: Asparagus Puffs
Besides asparagus, This Sauvignon Blanc from Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi is also a delicious match for seafood, vegetables, and spring salads.
Pinot Grigio & Cucumber Radish Crostini
About Pinot Grigio
The pairing: Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi 2016 California Pinot Grigio with a fresh and simple Cucumber Radish Crostini.
Radishes are a quintessential taste of spring. And this Pinot Grigio is light and crisp with intense citrus flavours and notes of peach and nectarine. It adds a nice acidity to balance the creamy cheese and peppery radish in this fresh and simple appetizer.
In addition, this delicious Pinot Grigio pairs well with seafood, roast chicken, and many kinds of cheese.
Spring Wine & Appetizer Pairings
So, my Spring Wine & Appetizer pairing party was a perfect way to make those everyday moments worth sharing. And, I would love to hear how you make your everyday moments special. Who do you share them with, and what do you do to make those times special?
Also, guess what? You can find Woodbridge Wines by Robert Mondavi in the California section of your local liquor store. You may even want to try them all, to find your favourite.(Not telling mine :-))
Finally, visit Woodbridgewines.com for more wine information. And you can follow on Twitter @Woodbridge_Wine and Facebook and on Pinterest, too!