Pair, cook, pour: Sommeliers share their favorite spring pairings.

By Food & Wine Editors
April 05, 2021
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When the weather finally turns warmer, it's a great time to do some spring cleaning—and we're not just talking your closets. Swap out the heavier wines of winter in the same way that you file away recipes for rich, wintry stews. Instead, embrace lighter, fresher flavors that pair perfect with sprightly spring wines. Here are some of our favorite wine and food combinations for spring, inspired by some of our favorite sommeliers.

Double-Cut Lamb Chops with Garlic-Caper Rub

Double Cut Lamp Chops with Garlic Caper Rub
Credit: Photo by Greg DuPree / Food Styling by Chelsea Zimmer/ Prop Styling by Heather Chadduck Hillegas

Pair with: Peppery, cold-climate Syrah: 2017 Ferraton Père & Fils La Matinière Crozes-Hermitage

"A great cool-climate Syrah from the Finger Lakes or Northern Rhône should always be framed by great structural tension, with grippy tannins, bright acidity, and a long, savory finish. I love amplifying it with savory, briny flavors like capers."—Christopher Bates, Element Winery, New York

Get the Recipe: Double-Cut Lamb Chops with Garlic-Caper Rub

Quick Skillet-Roasted Chicken with Spring Vegetables

Quick Skillet-Roasted Chicken with Spring Vegetables
Credit: Photo by Jennifer Causey / Food Styling by Torie Cox / Prop Styling by Christine Keely

Pair with: Creamy, lightly peppery rosé: 2020 Mas de Gourgonnier Les Baux de Provence

"The floral, spice, and orange aromas of Gourgonnier draw me in; on the palate, it's weighty, almost creamy, but with pepper and just enough acidity to balance."—Andrew Fortgang, Canard, Portland, Oregon

Get the Recipe: Quick Skillet-Roasted Chicken with Spring Vegetables

Tuna Croquettes

Tuna Croquettes
Credit: Photo by Jennifer Causey / Food Styling by Torie Cox / Prop Styling by Christine Keely

Pair with: Midweight, elegant Sicilian red: 2017 Tornatore Etna Rosso

"After a long day, I like to open a juicy bottle of wine to go with a spread of finger foods. Etna Rosso is multifaceted with red fruits and floral and herbaceous notes. It can match the most intricate of spreads."—Fahara Zamorano, Los Angeles

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Smoked Trout with Roasted Radishes and Fennel–Stone Fruit Salad

Smoked Trout with Roasted Radishes and Fennel and Stone Fruit Salad
Credit: Photo by Jennifer Causey / Food Styling by Torie Cox / Prop Styling by Christine Keely

Pair with: Savory, lightly honeyed French white: 2018 Clos Lapeyre Jurançon Sec

"For this, I reach for one of my favorites—a dry, powerful, but nervy white: Jurançon Sec. The aromas are unique, a mix of delicate passion fruit, freesia, lemon verbena, sage, dry honey, and so much smoked salt."—Pascaline Lepeltier, Racines, New York City

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Asparagus and Fava Bean Tart with Herbed Ricotta

Asparagus and Fava Bean Tart with Herbed Ricotta
Credit: Photo by Jennifer Causey / Food Styling by Torie Cox / Prop Styling by Christine Keely

Pair with: Crisp, spicy Grüner Veltliner: 2018 Nikolaihof Hefeabzug

"Grüner Veltliner has a fresh radish, fava, pea shoot quality, with a spiciness that is especially great with green veggies. It speaks to the early weeks of spring, with both freshness and texture." —Carlin Karr, Tavernetta, Denver

Get the Recipe: Asparagus and Fava Bean Tart with Herbed Ricotta