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Whether you are getting together with the Family, or practicing safe social distancing, we’ve got great recommendations for you to enjoy this Easter Sunday.

Cheers and Happy Easter!

Pre-Meal Bubbles

Pair your hor d’oeuvres with something sparkling. Little bubbles bring freshness to the hour; they cleanse the palate for food and inspire hunger and conversation.

Calvet Brut – The Win-Win

This is the perfect sparkler to serve for those who like to pop bottles.  Like Prosecco, it is softer and rounder in the mouthfeel but without the floral note.  The fruit flavor evokes juicy red apple and pear.

Marsuret DOCG Prosecco

This Prosecco wins hearts and cleanses palates.  Let’s start from the back of the train — the finish is elegant and long like a bridal veil.  The delicate fruit notes of ripe pear and stone fruit, zippy acidity, and a floral fragrance create an appealing bouquet for the schnozzle that is matched by its palate experience.  You may flex a fanciful pinky.

Both sparklers pair wonderfully with classic Easter greens and proteins like chicken and ham. 

Green Vegetables, Great Varietals

Sauvignon Blanc is the best pairing for tough vegetables like kale and other salad greens, artichokes, asparagus and broccoli. The grape has citrus fruits and green qualities like grass or bell peppers that complement the  sometimes bitter notes of these vegetables. 

French:

Reserve Durand Sauvignon Blanc

This French Loire Valley Sauvignon serves as the go-between for the bursting personality of New Zealand style and the leaner, herbaceous, and mineral-laden French style.  In the mouth, it bursts with juicy grapefruit that is followed by a sudden dry spell that leaves a lightly mineral herbaceous.

New Zealand:

Ranga Ranga Sauvignon Blanc

This is a classic from Marlborough, New Zealand.  Its grapefruit flavor isn’t as juicy as the Reserve Durand, but it’s drier with sharp and flashy acidity.  Ranga Ranga possesses a mixed citrus of sweet limes and grapefruit that is zesty and refreshing.

Hamming It Up

Chenin Blanc, Rose and  Pinot Noir are stellar pairings for ham dishes and other favorite Easter proteins.  This meat takes tropical, stone fruits, citrus and cherry fruits like silk to skin. 

Chenin Blanc:

Chateau Moncontour Sec Vouvray

This Vouvray and ham is the Jack and Jill pairing without the tumble.  Vouvray has several tiers of sweetness and sec is one the driest.  It displays the classic apricot and peach fruit with acidity that provides a firm framing for the unctuous tree fruits.  Of course, a hint of honey floral pops out.

Rosé: 

Ham, Smoked Salmon, Tuna Salad, and Green Salads

Anne Amie Pinot Noir Rose

A vivacious style of rosé with its lively acidity and strawberry, orange citrus, and cherry notes.  This wine complements honey ham, smoked salmon, and tuna salad.  The acidity lightens the protein with each bite.  The rosé also pairs wonderfully with leafy green salads punctuating it with a little burst of red fruit, and the acidity complements any simple vinaigrette.

RED

Meat, Charcuterie, Potatoes, & Roasted or Grilled Vegetables

Pike Road Pinot Noir

This Pinot Noir is the second label to Elk Cove.  It’s lighter and leaner on the body, but still expressive of the ripe black cherry that you find in their Estate Pinot Noir. The mouthfeel is soft, and the finish is long and clean.  Pairs beautifully with ham, chicken, green salad, and smoked salmon.

Secondo Marco

Valpolicella Classico

Valpolicella is region in Veneto that specializes in a red grape called Corvina.  It’s very similar to Pinot Noir for its red cherry fruit, bright acidity, and light mouthfeel.  This Valpolicella is lighter than most Pinot Noir.  The bright red cherry is effusive with a balanced.  Put a little chill on it and you’ll have this to complement potatoes, grilled vegetables, and chicken dishes. 

Dashing Dessert Pairings from Cheese to Pie

Libretto Pinot Gris

This Pinot Gris is an unctuous style with its cocktail of overripe fruits of pineapple, peaches and sweet limes.  The best part is the high acidity that matches the unctuous fruit creating juicy balance.  With a slice of fruit pie or apple pastry, the acidity will parse through dough and highlight the existing fruit.

Chateau Moncontour Vouvray

Demi Sec Chenin Blanc

The Demi illustrates a richer and more intense peach, floral, and pear notes than the sec.  Both expresses a crisp finish.  No need for fruit jam or preserve on the board — just take a sip of the Vouvray as your cheese chaser.

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