Food & Drink

Sunny Wines for Preakness

We’ve assembled three sunny wines that would be perfect for a patio party or any springtime picnic.

Preakness coverage sponsored by Mother's Federal Hill Grille
Preakness coverage sponsored by Mother's Federal Hill Grille

Cherry Cove Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2011

$19, Potomac Selections

For finger foods and warm temperatures, this Pinot Noir fits the bill. It is light-bodied and flavorful with notes of currant and wild raspberry that are supported by a dash of Oregon earthiness. Its soft, supple finish offers just the right contrast for watching a fast-paced horse race.

Domaine de Fontsainte Gris de Gris 2013

$16, Prestige Beverage Group

Hailing from France’s Corbiéres region and made mostly from the Grenache Gris grape, this pink number exudes ripe strawberry and summer-melon tones with a dry, slightly herbal finish. It is a surprisingly serious spring sipper.

Botani Sparkling Muscat NV 2012

$16, The Country Vintner

Moscato d’Asti is the reigning champion of sweet but sophisticated sparklers. This Spanish newcomer is a serious contender for the crown. It has the same peach-driven juicy flavors one expects from Muscat, adding mineral notes and a balanced acidity that are almost electric.