Today is National Drink Wine Day! But let's be real. Over here, EVERY day is Drink Wine Day. So while this—ahem—holiday doesn't change much for the crew at Sip Better, it does give us an awfully nice excuse to highlight some of the wines we're currently loving. These three wines are peppy and fun, great for lifting your spirits up and out of the dregs of winter. All three are also wonderful food wines, so don't be afraid to mix and match them with whatever cozy foods you're digging into these days.
THREE WINES WE'RE LOVING
Stolpman 'Love You Bunches' Sangiovese | Santa Barbara County, CA
This super-fresh red is totally worthy of its adorable name. Stolpman winemakers pick their Sangiovese grapes while they're still low in sugar and high in acidity. Then they ferment the grapes whole and uncrushed (in bunches!) inside of sealed tanks (that's called Carbonic Fermentation). This method tames the more tannic side of Sangiovese and produces a wine popping with sour cherry and berry brightness.
Chateau de Rouanne Brut Nature | Rhone, France
This complex sparkling wine is composed of Mourvèdre, Cinsault, Syrah, Marselan, and Grenache grapes grown on a historical estate in the Rhone Valley, complete with a medieval castle! The estate's limestone and sandy marl terroir gives the wine a bracing, stoney aroma. And when tasted? This wine is all wild strawberry and notes of savory thyme. Delicious!
Bodegas Itxas Harri Beltza | Navarra, Spain
Winemakers Ignacio Ameztoi and Iñaki Guelbenzu have been visiting Navarra for years to enjoy the region's rich restaurant scene and marvel at the quality of its produce and ingredients. Their goal with Itxas Harri has been to capture the charm and fertility of Navarra in a bottle of wine. Beltza is an easy-drinking, fresh and crunchy expression of Garnacha with a lovely low alcohol content. This is the kind of light but refreshing wine you'll want to drink at EVERY meal.