These two are great springtime releases that you'll enjoy sipping outdoors, paired with your favorite springtime meals.
Columbia Crest Grand Estates Pinot Gris
Columbia Crest produces great quality reds and whites that you often see as a staple on restaurant wine lists, but they're also great bottles to have around the house. This Pinot Gris is a crisp white with flavors of lime, citrus and pineapple with great balance and acidity.
This wine is light-bodied and would pair well with any springtime salad, like this easy one we threw together in under 15 minutes, with grilled shrimp marinated in garlic and lime, romaine lettuce, sunflower seeds, shaved Parmesan and (store-bought) champagne vinaigrette dressing.
These peppers are meatless, so instead of pairing them with a red, this PInot Gris would be a great complement to the meal. Here's the stuffed pepper recipe if you want to try it out! Columbia Crest wines are available at Publix here in Florida (and, all over the country) for around price of $12-$15 per bottle, making them an affordable choice and a great one to bring to a neighborhood BBQ or get-togethers.
Snoqualmie Sauvignon Blanc
Next up is an eco-friendly Sauvignon Blanc from a winery called Snoqualmie. I first discovered Snoqualmie when I wrote about their "Naked" Riesling wine for Patch.com in this post. Well, since then, Snoqualmie rebranded their "Naked" wines under the name ECO. This particular bottle isn't under the ECO line, but for all their wines, Snoqualmie uses the same sustainable techniques; the wines are made from organic grown grapes and they are produced in certified organic facilities. In their Sauvignon Blanc, citrus and melon combine with a crisp, clean finish.
The price on Snoqualmie wine is around $10. My friend Megan over at I Run for Wine wrote about all the eco-friendly aspects of this wine in more detail for Earth Day yesterday - check out her post here. Happy Wine Wednesday! Here's to branching out from the norm and cheers to Washington wines! What's in your glass this evening? Leave a comment below.