Celebrate April Fool’s Day with these different but wise wine choices.
Unlike most Chardonnay, which is oak-aged, this style of wine centers on beautiful tropical fruit and/or mineral flavors with notes of butterscotch. It is refreshing, pure and concentrates on the true characteristics of the wine and not what oak maturation does to it.
Most often sweet, German Riesling also can be produced in a bone-dry style; the word “Trocken” will often be found on the German bottle label. It is extraordinary with seafood, cheese, pâtés, fried and salty foods. High acidity makes it the perfect partner for many foods.
Popularity in red Zinfandel, the same grape that makes white Zinfandel, has skyrocketed in the last decade. Red Zin is very dark red in color, tastes similar to a Shiraz/Syrah with lots of spice and brambly fruit flavors of blackberry and black cherry and is high in alcohol. It squashes white Zinfandel to smithereens!
*Wine columnist Randa Warren is a Certified Master Sommelier; Certified Wine Educator; has earned a Diploma of Wine and Spirits, granted through the Wine and Spirit Education Trust in England; and is a Certified Specialist of Spirits.