We’re excited to debut a new monthly blog post series highlighting wine trends, expert recommendations and fun facts as told by Stephanie Heikila, General Manager and Wine Program Director at Motor Supply Co. Bistro.
This month, we sat down with Stephanie to talk about her favorite trends in wine for spring and summer 2015.
What are some popular wine choices for spring and the upcoming summer months?
“Rosé is a huge trend for this spring and summer. I saw rosé a lot last year, but this year almost every single wine representative whom I taste with brings me six or seven different rosés from different places. Lots of companies are experimenting with them and making different blends.
We recently featured Domaine Gueneau Sancerre Rosé 2014, which is a French rosé. It’s made entirely from Pinot Noir, and has notes of strawberry, flowers and herbs – and it’s delicious.”
New to buying rosé? See Free Times’ rosé ratings.
Do you have a few favorites?
“My favorite wine on our list for summer is Trimbach Pinot Blanc. It’s a little dry-sweet, and really good. Another is the Ott Am Berg Gruner Veltliner, an Austrian white wine. I bought it and forgot how good it was – I could drink that all day every day.
I’ll often take home bottles off the wine list and try them myself, to get to know the wines and be able to recommend them to customers.”
What should diners pair with these – at Motor Supply and at home?
“Pinot Blanc would be paired with seafood – great with shellfish or our market catch. You could pair a rosé and a Pinot Blanc with a very light salad. I would do both with a cheese plate, for sure.
There are some white wines that can stand up to heartier dishes, like our pork chop, but I wouldn’t necessarily recommend pairing a rosé or Pinot Blanc with a steak.”
It’s not officially summer yet, but we’re in South Carolina, so it’s already 80+ degrees. Will these spring trends really carry over into the hotter summer months?
“Oh, yeah, especially where we live, because we don’t really see distinct seasons. Once it gets warm, the spring and summer trends turn to white wines and overlap for both seasons. Rosé is good on a boat, it’s good with lighter, summery food, it’s good at the pool – it’s just one of those super versatile wines; great for summer.”
Stay tuned – next month, we’ll hear from Stephanie about her current favorite wines, some high/low wine options for different price points, and more suggestions, tips and pairings for wine connoisseurs and amateurs alike.
Known for its artisan cocktails, refined yet relaxed atmosphere and daily-changing, chef-driven menu of sustainable, farm-to-table fare, Motor Supply Co. Bistro has been serving New World, made-from-scratch cuisine in the historic Columbia, S.C. Congaree Vista since 1989. Reservations can be made by calling (803) 256-6687 or by visiting www.motorsupplycobistro.com/reserve.