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De-Clutter Your Wine Life

May 11, 2012
De-Clutter Your Wine Life
Spring means clearing room for new vintages and interesting warm-weather wines

wine_08.Those bottles gathering dust in your shoe closet may be on their way out.

Spring cleaning your wine stash means clearing bottles passed their drinkability to make room for new ones. You can certainly uncork them and take a sniff and sip – those screw-capped red blends with a few years on them may surprise you – but for the most part, you know what to chuck. (Hint: inexpensive wines that are more than 5 years old).

What do you replace them with? Our vote: Crisp, versatile white varietals and light reds that pair well with the wide range of fare at this season’s picnics and pool parties. Below are favorites in our spring wine collection:

TOWER 15 Grenache Blanc 2010 (Paso Robles, CA) $18.50
Tower 15 is a new project from the founders of California’s Pali Wine Company, which produces pinot noir and chardonnay sourced from the West Coast. Tower 15 focuses on Rhone varietals in Paso Robles, and this grenache blanc is a beautiful example with its lavender and apricot aromas, white peach flavors, and viscous body. Enjoy it as a solo sipper. Also available in a picnic-perfect half bottle for $10.

SEAGLASS Riesling 2010 (Monterey County, CA) $10
This lovely off-dry riesling shows aromas and flavors of apricots, honeysuckle, and ripe peaches with a balanced acidity that makes it a great companion to blue cheese or smoked salmon.

PONZI VINEYARDS “Tavola” Pinot Noir 2010 (Willamette Valley, OR) $25
This black-cherry beauty has aromas of red plums and a silky, spicy finish. Delicious with grilled chicken salad.

What wine will you sip on during your spring cleaning? Share with us below.



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