This article was created in partnership with Summergate Fine Wines & Spirits

Spring is the time when people head back outdoors to enjoy picnics, barbecues and rooftop dining with all the seasonal produce that the season provides. The experts at Summergate Fine Wines & Spirits have helped us to choose the best wines for the best springtime dishes and occasions.

Wines for Spring

Roasted vegetables + Merlot

When vegetables are roasted, they lose much of their more plant-like flavours, becoming sweeter and richer. Roasted vegetables can stand up to savoury reds like Merlot. Robust, mid-palate, soft and elegant tannins with intricate layers of black cherry, plum and wild berry mingled with a hint of spice will complement the sweetness of the vegetables and herbs.

Best choice: Kendall Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Merlot

Asparagus + Sauvignon Blanc

Asparagus contains the sulphurous amino acid methionine along with an intense grassy flavour that can make wines taste weird, harsh and metallic. Your best choices are wines with grassy characteristics like Sauvignon Blanc. Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc is a fresh and vibrant example with the classic aromas of lemongrass and fresh herbs.

Best choice: Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc

Salmon + Chardonnay

This rich, oily and flaky fish is particularly enhanced by a great wine pairing. Salmon matches perfectly with full-bodied whites such as a Chardonnay with lemon, nut or brûlée notes that complement the richness of the fish and create a fuller overall taste.

Best choice: Kendall Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay

Picnic + Pinot Noir

Have a red – and a screw-top one at that – and save yourself from carrying ice and corkscrews. A light, approachable red that expresses strawberries, raspberries and red cherries on the nose will beautifully speak of the season with a reminder of the rebirth of plants, pairing well with picnic foods such as cold cuts.

Best choice: Villa Maria Private Bin Pinot Noir

To purchase any of these perfect spring-pairing wines, just head to Market Place by Jasons, 3hreeSixty, Oliver’s or city’super.

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