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Wineries

Spring is here, and with it comes plenty of reasons to pop a cork over a delicious meal. But how do you select wines that can flex to accompany Spring cookouts, graduation parties, Mother’s Day brunches, and random fun-in-the-sun activities? Hint: we’re going to tell you, and it’s easier than you think.

First, it needs to be said: a great wine pairing is any wine that you enjoy with food you enjoy. Sure, great food and wine combos elevate the flavors of both. But if you go rogue, it’s highly unlikely you’ll have a palate clash of toothpaste and orange juice proportions. Now onto the secret to making all your food pairings effortless this season: sparkling wine.

Bubbly has come a long way since its days as the special-occasion sipper relegated to weddings and New Year’s Eve. Now, with so many high-quality, approachable (read: not crazy expensive) options, it’s a perfect choice for any occasion. Better still, it doesn’t raise a single eyebrow if you pour a glass of bubbly or two for the morning meal. You can’t say that about bourbon or even red wine…

More importantly, sparkling wine pairs with everything! With its dry, palate-cleansing character, sparkling wine prepares your mouth to appreciate the next bite of pretty much anything you’re eating. It also stands in fantastic complementary contrast to buttery sauces and rich entrees (Hello, Mom’s Day hollandaise sauce, egg dishes, roasts, and barbecue), salty bites (Ahem, caviar and potato chips), acidic dishes (think salads and lemony pastas), and fried foods (yes, French fries and sparkling wine are killer together). And best of all, sparkling wine is FUN. There’s nothing that says festive like the pop of a cork, the rising froth of the pour, and the instant glamour of sipping a glass of sparkles.

So, as you think about wines to stock up on for all your upcoming events, relax! There’s no reason to stare in bewilderment at the wall of wines at the supermarket or wine shop wondering what miracle varietal can easily pair with your holiday ham, brunch omelet, or happy hour popcorn. Reach for bubbles and you’ve got no troubles.

To help you roll into the season fully prepared, we happily suggest you kick off—or complete—your festivities with our sexy 96-point, double-gold, pretty-in-pink Angels & Cowboys Brut Rosé. Crafted in the traditional Méthode Champenoise and beautifully balanced, this wine is forever party ready. With a few bottles on ice, so are you.