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Lighten up this spring with white wines and rosés

Are you having enough white wines and rosés this spring? If not, you should be, because this is the perfect time of the year to enjoy them.

Served well-chilled, these wines are exceptional springtime adult beverages. A little cheese, a sliced baguette, perhaps some fresh fruit, and a glass of white wine or rosé is a terrific combination to start off an evening or a nice way to reward yourself for completing that weekend chore list.

Although most whites — especially those that are sweeter or high in acidity — taste better with several hours in the fridge, be careful not to overdo it with full-bodied white wines such as chardonnay or viognier, where too much chilling can mask those wine’s flavors.

Here are some recommendations of white wines and rosés worth checking out this spring:

Stemmari Non-Vintage Baci Vivaci (about $14) – This sparkling white from Italy serves as a perfect starter wine with mild cheeses. Made in a lightly carbonated frizzante style, it features a fragrant bouquet of white flowers, gentle stone fruit flavors. and a soft finish.

Clos du Bois 2013 Chardonnay (about $14) – This easy-to-drink, easy-to-find California chardonnay is lighter in body than most, with understated flavors of apple and lemon chiffon and a touch of spiced, buttery oak on the finish. Serve slightly chilled and enjoy.

Mulderbosch Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé (about $14) – Fragrant aromas of citrus and blood orange lead off with this pale red-orange rosè from South Africa. On the palate, an edgy burst of ruby grapefruit predominates before melting into a bone-dry finish. It should serve as a nice accompaniment to a variety of shellfish and seafood.

Palencia Winery 2014 Pinot Noir Rosé (about $15) – Victor Palencia serves up yet another knockout selection from Washington’s Ancient Lakes Appellation. Its striking pink hue is matched by the wine’s sassy strawberry and watermelon flavors, while a laser-sharp finish with steely minerality completes the package.

Palencia Winery 2014 Sauvignon Blanc (about $18) – Juicy Fuji apple, white peach, and Seckel pear flavors fill the glass with underlying layers of key lime, melon and green herb accents. Vibrant acidity peaks at the finale for a crisp, clean finishing note.

San Juan Vineyards 2014 Madeleine Angevine (about $18) and 2014 Siegerrebe (about $22) – Winemaker Chris Primus dazzles wine enthusiasts again with this pair of delightful wine whites that should be on your must-try list.

The Madeleine Angevine displays lovely floral aromatics, green pear and melon flavors, a flourish of spice, and bracing acidity that make it perfect for springtime sipping.

And Primus’s Siegerrebe is completely over-the-top with generous casaba melon and apricot flavors framed with hints of nutmeg and allspice. There’s also a good splash of acidity to complement the gentle ambrosia-like sweetness on the finish. Exceptional!

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