Snow covered crocuses are pictured at the Zoo in Berlin, Germany, 17 March 2013. The weather remains … [+] cold in East Germany. Photo: Stephanie Pilick | usage worldwide (Photo by Stephanie Pilick/picture alliance via Getty Images)
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So, even Texas got gob-smacked with a slap of winter this year. But it seems if things are mellowing, maybe, just maybe the snowstorms have ceased, and it’s time to think about drinking some new wines that come with warmer temperatures. Here are a few I’m enjoying.
Alsatian Rieslings have the dryness and acidity that are so refreshing for springtime foods.
Domaine Weinbach Schlossburg Riesling 2017 ($50)—The aromatics in this fine three-year-old Grand Cru Alsatian Riesling are complex, and the 13.5% alcohol gives it a lively buoyancy along with the zesty acids. It’s made in ,a tough, wet terroir so grapes must be carefully culled from the vineyards, and only about 8,000 cases were made. With choucroute, of maybe a St. Patrick’s Day dinner, this will be terrific.
Chelsea Goldschmidt Guidestone Rise Merlot 2018 ($22)—An Alexander Valley Merlot with everything there is to like about the varietal, its softness, its mild tannins and its vivid fruit, and at this price it’s well worth putting on any table at any time…