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by Kit Rose

It may seem like wishful thinking now that we basically skipped winter this year, but behold a 70-degree day and all that’s on our mind is seeking a refreshing, gulpable, thirst quenching white wine to enjoy while soaking in the sun and not ending up “day drunk." 

The French call that wine vin de soif. In terms of wine, they’ve thought of every time and place one might need a particular kind. Think of this instance as these first days of outdoor thawing in the new warmth, on a plaid blanket on the beach or park with a wicker picnic basket, and of course, a little booze. 

Beer drinkers call it session beer; you know, low alcohol, and easy to drink. You can socialize for hours and barely catch a buzz. Some low alcohol wines can have the same effect. So as spring blooms, seek out an acid balanced, light bodied, green (young) tasting wine to pair with your day drinking. 

Salem Sips sought five examples to head you in the right direction on your vin de soif hunt under the welcomed sunshine. Happy Spring Sipping! availability and pricing subject to change; please inquire within each establishment. 

SOPHIA BLANC DE BLANCS has notes of juicy pear and refreshing melon, tasting zesty, fun, and dazzling as it is served in a stylish pink can. Pair it with your first lobster roll of the season at THE LOBSTER SHANTY ’S opening day on April First, 12pm. 

LUC BLAIRE RARE ROSÉ  is dramatic and rich with red and pink fruit, resulting in a harmonious off-dry sparkling blend of Syrah, Cinsault, and Grenache. Pair it with sunglasses and flip flops; find it at Loring Liquors, $29.99

HUBER GRÜNER VELTLINER is grown in the Austrian TraisentalValley, where cool nights and warm days allow Markus Huber’s wines to show their unmistakable characteristics of lightness, herbaceousness, and refreshment. Pair it with a smoked salmon plate at Scratch Kitchen, $9/$30

F.E. TRIMBACH comes from the French appellation of Alsace, where low-alcohol and brightly acidic fine wines are known. Pair one with an eggy brunch dish or charcuterie board at Opus, $45

SANTA CRISTINA CAMPOGRANDE ORVIETO CLASSICO has luscious fruit and a floral nose, giving way to an easily drinkable white blend from various Italian notable regions. It pairs with virtually any food, as it is simple and remains cool and light. Pair it with a picnic basket; find it at Quality Liquors, $11.99 

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