Springtime means wines for warmer weather! Then, just like that… last Friday afternoon, Spring literally arrived to my front door! My friendly FedEx representative pleasantly greeted me with some new wine samples from Lucas & Lewellen Estate Vineyards, of Santa Barbara County, California. In the package: Rosé and Sauvignon Blanc — perfect for casual get-togethers. So, I made it a Lucas & Lewellen weekend having some neighbors over Saturday for lunch, and pairing these wines with Spring-inspired dishes.
Lucas & Lewellen 2017 Rosé of Pinot Noir, comprised of 94% Pinot Noir and 6% Viognier. Those citrus blossoms with the essence of fresh raspberries, strawberries, and pear, plus crisp acidity, complimented my baked chicken breast, peas and carrots, and saffron rice.
Lucas & Lewellen 2017 Sauvignon-Blanc, made up of 90% Sauvignon-Blanc and 10% Viognier. Boy, those tropical aromas on the nose and peachy palate paired perfectly with my crab-cake in mango salsa made with fresh cilantro, and Hatch New Mexico mild green chiles.
These wines were so refreshing and fun! My neighbors loved them, and the food. Salud!