While it may still be too cold to entertain
outside, we suggest bringing a little bit of the
For example, why not bring in half a dozen
potted tulips and place them down the center of
your table? Tip a couple of the pots over and let
a little dirt fall onto the table. In an instant, your
table has gone from the ordinary to a whimsical
Except for rare occasions, fancy linen, expensive china and Grandmother’s crystal will simply
overpower a centerpiece of fresh spring flowers.
Instead, use everyday ware, crockery, pottery and
As for vases, we suggest clear, shiny glass
of all shapes and sizes so that spring flowers can
be enjoyed from the tips of their petals to the
bottoms of their stalks.
Costco’s Spring Bounty Includes
Copper River Salmon
Driscoll Long-Stem and
Oso Sweet and
Chocolate Cream Pie
and Berry Tart
Flank Steaks with
Sliced Roast Beef, Hams,
Turkeys and Cheeses
Chicken Caesar Salad
Savoring Spring is the time to put and a distinctive juicy green, to the leaner, crisper examples Albariño: floral, peachy
away the heavy reds and leafy quality that makes them from Chablis, in the north of freshness from north-
the Season enjoy something lighter and the perfect accompaniment Burgundy. Try a number of west Spain.
fruitier. It’s also the time to spring lamb. Chardonnays to find the level of Viognier: beautifully scented,
with when white wine consump- Beaujolais, made from oak, body and alcohol you like. a mixture of peaches, flowers
tion takes off on its summer the bright, fruity Gamay grape, Chablis makes a crisp, mineral and gummy bears. The best
flight. Something bubbly to is another good choice for style that is beautifully refreshing comes from France.
David blow away the remnants of spring. This one you can even and is a classic match for oysters. Champagne is at home in
winter is always appropriate. serve chilled. The fuller, riper examples from any season, but spring and
One of my own favorite White wines of summer— the New World can stand up to summer call for a special
David Andrew redsforspringisCabernet Riesling,SauvignonBlanc,Pinot muchfuller-flavoredfish,as lightnessanddelicacy.Oneof
Costco Global Franc, from the Loire region Grigio—will, of course, be well as poultry. my favorite sparkling sippers
Wine Director of France. It won’t be called equally attractive in spring. But Here are a few others to is Moscato d’Asti, a gently
Cabernet Franc on the label, before the temperature gets add some variety to your sparkling wine from Italy.
but rather it will have the too high, spring is a perfect spring sipping: Inviting aromas of Muscat
name of the area or appella- time for fuller-bodied whites. Muscadet: a bright mineral- grapes and flowers lead to a
tion that the wine comes Chardonnay needs no intro- scented wine from France (great delicate, delicious lightness in
from.LookforChinon, duction,butitcomesinavariety withmusselsandothershellfish). themouth.Thiswineworks
Saumur-Champigny or of styles (or body types), from Soave: the other Italian white. equally well on its own or as
Bourgeuil. The wines the big, round, ripe and tropical A good one is preferable to a light accompaniment to or
haveabrightcolor stylesofAustraliaandCalifornia PinotGrigioinmybook. replacementfordessert.