Maybe it’s because the Meyer lemon trees on my block are blowing up with fresh, juicy bounty, but I am all about the tangy citrus notes in Central Coast Brewing Co.’s refreshing Lemon Peel Pils. This clean German pilsner offers up a fresh, balanced finish and a distinct, floral hop aroma that is almost as energizing as the first zest off a fresh-picked lemon. Almost.
• Central Coast Brewing Company’s Lemon Peel Pils—$3 for a 4-ounce taste, $6 for a 16-ounce glass; 1422 Monterey St., SLO.
Could there be anything more “spring-y” than this light, floral chardonnay emblazoned with ethereal butterflies on the label? True Myth, produced by SLO-based Niven Family Estate wines (a three-generation, family-owned wine company who pioneered the Edna Valley more than 40 years ago), is a classical style chardonnay brimming with mineral notes, creamy texture, and balanced acidity. In the name of spring, I paired this golden beauty with a light Greek orzo soup with lemon, shredded chicken, and eggs from my backyard. If you’re looking for something fresh to pair with your Easter spread, this is it. Happy pairing, bunnies!
• True Myth’s 2014 Paragon Vineyard Chardonnay—$18; Order at nivenfamilywines.com or go to the tasting room; 5828 Orcutt Road, SLO.
Hayley Thomas is all about the white wine lately. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.