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Spring is perhaps our favorite season for wine pairings. As we are anxiously awaiting the end of Winter, we welcome the much needed lightening up of both the wines we drink and the foods we crave. Much to the dismay of my kids, Igor Stravinsky's 'Rites of Spring' gets a lot of play around the house this time of year. Stravinsky himself once described this ballet as an exploration into "the mystery and great surge of the creative power of Spring". We feel the same way about this time of year, and hope that this month's pack will get your creativity swirling. Our 6 pack includes:

NV Cantina Maudaudo Nerello Mascalese Brut- Sicily, Italy
Impressions: This sparkler fashions itself as a 'blanc de noirs' highlighting Etna's Nerello Mascalese. Lovely aromas of underripe strawberry, raspberry, lemon verbena and white flowers entice. The palate is racy with lively compact bubbles that form a delicate mousse. The finish is crisp, dry and slightly salty. Pairs perfectly with shellfish or rich cheeses like a triple cream brie.

2022 Domaine du Bagnol Cassis Rosé - Provence, France
Impressions: This benchmark rosé from the small fishing village of Cassis is undeniably light, fresh and thirst quenching. Its bright red berry fruits, aromas of grapefruit zest and light body are easily lovable, but examine more closely and you’ll find intrigue here as well: its delicate body allows for a transparent expression of its limestone terroir, in the form of a mineral-driven finish.

2023 Cameron 'Giovanni' Pinot Blanc - Dundee Hills, Oregon
Impressions: We look forward to this wine every year and judging by how quickly it flies off our shelves, it appears our customers do too. Pristine notes of green pears, cardamom and white flowers leap from the glass. The palate displays a lovely tension between its acidity and its juicy, slightly creamy texture. The finish is fruity and savory with a hint of saline.

2022 Kloof Street Chenin Blanc - Swartland, South Africa
Impressions: If you're unfamiliar with South African wine, this is the perfect introduction. Highly aromatic with notes of white peach, bosc pear, lemongrass, wetstones and flint. The palate is lively, with an energetic acidity that carries a juicy, mineral-forward texture. The finish is crisp, slightly floral and smoky. Sourced from 3 plots of 40+ year old vines.

2022 Yves Cuilleron 'Les Vignes d'à Côte' Syrah - Northern Rhône, France
Impressions: Yes, there is such a thing as a light, easy drinking Syrah and this is it. Classic aromas of blackberries, bacon fat, olives, black and green peppercorns greet from the glass. The palate is light bodied, with a silky touch that genly sways towards a minimal velvet tannic bite. The finish is peppery, and earthy with a hint of smoke.

2018 Luigi Maffini 'Kleos' Cilento Aglianico - Campania, Italy
Impressions: This wine has gone from really good to great since we first had it on our shelves when we opened. Time in bottle has added complexity to the aromas that open with red cassis, figs, leather, iron, maitakes, turmeric, dried sage and balsamico. The palate displays a charged acidity that easily sways its smooth. concentrated medium body towards a grainy tannic touch. The finish is earthy, smoky and spicy.