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Floral Wines for Spring Celebrations

When choosing wines for spring occasions, from Mother's Day to picnics, take time to stop and smell the flowers! You'll savor scents of honeysuckle, orange blossoms, rose petals and other fresh aromas when you open these bottles.

Many wines -- especially whites -- exhibit some degree of floral notes amidst the fruits, spices, herbs and other flavors and aromas. But Riesling, Gewürztraminer and Viognier especially brim with the scents of spring-fresh flowers. Don't worry, that doesn't mean your wine will taste like perfume! Just as blossoms in an orchard give way to fruits, the flowery aromatics of these wines can lead into luscious fruit flavors.

Find garden and orchard aromas as you swirl and sniff these wines, along with food pairing ideas for the season.

Riesling: Fruit blossoms -- whether from a citrus grove or a pear, peach or apple orchard -- often come to mind as you take in the aroma of this vibrant white. But don't be surprised if you find honeysuckle, jasmine, or even marigold blossoms too. Riesling makes a great picnic wine; match fruitier versions with fruit-studded chicken salad.

Viognier: Classically, honeysuckle aromas dominate this wine, though apricot blossoms and lavender can pop up too. It's a lovely choice to serve with appetizers, especially those featuring shrimp and other shellfish.

Gewürztraminer: Rose petal notes often perfume this rich, ripe wine. Pay close attention and you might find hints of freesia and honeysuckle too. Enjoy this wine with spicy hors d'oeuvres on a summer afternoon.

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