Spring is a wonderful time in the Willamette Valley. Flowers are blooming, the sun is shining, and every situation is better with a glass of wine. While there is no bad time to have a glass of Oregon wine, here are a few wine suggestions for the best spring wines.

On a Rainy Day – Pinot Noir

Like it or not, it rains in the springtime in the Willamette Valley. But don’t let the gray skies and chilly rain damper your spirits. Remember that rain is vital in grape growing, and part of what makes the wine from the Willamette Valley so unique and full of character.

Embrace the rain and reach for a bottle of a light and fruity Willamette Valley Pinot Noir. Its bright red fruits and soft tannins will go great with light meats or a lovely cheese and charcuterie plate while you cozy up to your favorite wine bar and stay dry.

Read our post for more Pinot Noir pairing suggestions.  

On a Sunny Afternoon – Pinot Gris

When the sun finally peaks out from behind the clouds and the countryside turns a bright green color, it’s safe to say that spring is finally here.

What better way to celebrate the green of spring than with a wine that is slightly fruity, acidic, and minerally? Find a sunny patio during happy hour and order a glass of Oregon Pinot Gris. It’s a perfect match for a spring salad or a light fish dish.

Need a primer on Pinot Gris? Learn the basics in this blog post.

At a Weekend Brunch – Pinot Noir Rosé

Now that winter is over, no more hibernating. Head out for brunch on the weekends and order the perfect brunch wine, a Pinot Noir Rosé. The zesty notes of the wine make a perfect match for eggs benedict, a Belgian waffle or even a beautiful plate of ripe fruit. There are some amazing Willamette Valley producers that make sparkling Pinot Noir Rosés as well, an even more Instagram-able brunch wine and one of the better spring wines.

Spring is a great time to visit the Willamette Valley. Plan your trip today!