Now that the new year is here, it’s time to reflect on how rough the last couple years has been. If you’ve noticed, the entertainment industry has been focused on producing lighter content. Movies, television and books seem more relaxed, and lighter in tone.
Our lifestyles, including the food and drink, have become more fun and comfortable, and not as heavy. Here are some light but full bodied wines to enjoy this new year, to keep your mood and spirit bright.
Chardonnay is the top of our list, with a crisp, light and refreshing taste. It goes especially well with poultry and fish dinner dishes. Chardonnay comes oaked and unoaked. Sometimes chardonnay can be buttery, other times fruity and almost always palatable. It’s one of the most favored white wines in the world with a huge fan following. Chardonnay goes well with dishes like seafood, chicken and seafood.
Riesling is a white wine that comes from the Rhine region of Germany. Rieslings are generally crisp and light, yet full-bodied. This can come from a Riesling being made from grapes that were grown in cold areas, or in warmer climates with stony soil. It is a versatile wine that goes well with a variety of dishes, from spicy Japanese curries to Thai food, such as Panang curry, Tom Yum soup, or Pad Kra Pao chicken.
Caché is a sparkling riesling made in the Finger Lakes region of New York. It has flavors of peach, pineapple and pear and is considered semi-sweet.
Wisteria is made with the local Catawba grape, and is a slightly sweeter Riesling. It has a hint of honey, and floral aroma. Wisteria can be served as an apéritif or as a dessert wine.
If you are looking for lighter yet full bodied wines, these are the way to go. They go well with a variety of foods, and are great for relaxation and fun.