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How To Choose Wine For Spring + $50 Off Your Next Purchase!

By Jessica Pridmore - 02 Sep 2014

With the new season comes the hope that very soon we can take our evening drinks alfresco-style! Nothing beats a balmy night with a glass (read: bottle) of your favourite vino, but why stick to the same old same old when there is so much choice out there? Variety is meant to keep us young and all that jazz, so why don't we practice what we preach when it comes to our drinking habits?

Our pals in-the-know over at WineMarket have ever so kindly given us their picks of the best spring wines to fill up your glasses with, so that you need never have to go home with sour grapes again.

Check out our picks of the best drops you should be drinking right about now:

A Special Offer for Urban Listers

Not only are they a dab hand a picking a good grape, WineMarket are offering Urban Listers $50 off any purchase when you spend $120 more (that's almost half off)! Just use the code 'URBANSPRING' at the checkout.

1.  French Sparkling

Look for the words "Methode Traditionnelle" (aka the only thing that makes it proper champagne outside of the French region!). There are tons of French producers out there selling top-quality sparkling at a steal of the price of champagne. Your wallet will thank you for it, and nothing screams spring wine like a glass of bubbly!

2.  Australian Grenache

Straight Grenache is set to be the next big thing in Australian Red FYI. Known as the 'hero' ingredient in GSM blends (that's Grenache Syrah Mourvedre for us wine novices), the current price for a good drop of Grenache won't max out your credit card. Nice!

3.  Rosado Cava (Spanish Red Sparkling)

Those saucy Spaniards do know how to master the art of winemaking! Perfect for a night on the back deck — no, a Camilla kaftan is not compulsory — it's pretty darn refreshing if you stick to the 'brut' (aka dry) varieties.

4.  Sauvignon Blanc from the Adelaide Hills

Always a crowd pleaser, Sauv Blancs own the spring wine night sesh — amiright ladies? And, though we are definitely partial to a drop from our neighbors in NZ, we're not ones to shy away from a local grape, and Sauv Blancs from our southern sisters are crisp and delish!

5.  Gewurztraminer

Like a grown-up Moscato, try pronouncing this doozy after cracking a bottle — it's 'Gah-vertz-tramee-naire'… in case you were wondering.  But don't let something as silly as a name put you off, it's one of the few decent plonks that go well with Asian food (start dialing your local take out joint!), so it will perfectly accompany your Friday night Thai.

TUL Note: Today's List Love post is proudly sponsored by WineMarket and endorsed by The Urban List. Our sponsored posts will never be a secret - the List Love seal will be stamped on any sponsored material you see on the site. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who make The Urban List possible.

Image credits: Clare Marie Photography

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