kelly magyarics

washington, d.c.-based wine, spirits, travel & lifestyle writer / wine educator


A light, Loire red

As the weather starts to get warmer, my wine tastes change a bit. I start to gravitate towards zingy whites, sometimes with a bit of spritz (like Vinho Verde...) and I look for reds that won't feel or taste too heavy. Some obvious choices are (some) Pinot Noirs, as well as Beaujolais and Barbera. But don't overlook the Loire Valley...

Chinon is made from the Cabernet Franc grape, and in the Loire, it's usually done in a lovely, lighter style. Domaine Semellerie Chinon (available at Total Wine here in No. VA...) has great cherry and strawberry on the nose, along with a whiff of violets for which the grape is known. It's low in tannins, and would pair well with ham this Easter, or with your Passover lamb. We enjoyed it with roast chicken with lemon and rosemary, but it's very versatile, and I plan on sipping it a lot more this spring.