Happy Easter everyone!
A bit early, I confess, but as the yellowest and most chocolatey festival of the year what’s not to love? So here are the wines I’ll be enjoying with family and friends this Easter Sunday.
Smashing with Starters
Smoked salmon, seafood, vegetarian quiche, asparagus – there’s so much choice, but what you need from a glass of wine is something refreshing to get the juices flowing. Nothing does that quite like New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, Brancott is gloriously smart and spring green and awesome value at £6 each or two bottles for £10 – amazing!
If you fancy something just a wee bit different, how about this Chenin Blanc from a great producer in South Africa. Zalze Chenin Blanc £6 is one of my favourite Wine Shop wines; bursting with lovely lemon and lime favours and bob on with starters and just as tasty with chicken, pasta or fish. Yummy.
Lovely with Lamb
Do you know the perfect red wine to go with lamb? It’s Rioja and I’m going to tempt you with an elegantly smooth, vanilla-oaky star – CVNE Crianza Rioja £7.46 – with lots of fruit to match the sweetness of the meat and just enough bite to cut through the richness.
Perfect with Pork
Pork with crackling more your thing at Easter? Or maybe duck, gammon or vegetarian roast? What you need for all those dishes is a light and ever so fruity red like a New World Pinot Noir. Nothing could be more floral or raspberry fruity than the Villa Maria Cellar Selection Pinot Noir £8.98 – l love its silkiness and the way the fresh acidity will balance any fattiness in the food.
Brilliant with Beef
Secondly a sooty, spicy, clean as a whistle Northern Rhone classic which is made by the talented Jean-Luc Colombo, the Colombo Crozes Hermitage £11 – Syrah at its blackberry best.
You just can’t not have a glass of something fizzy and fun for people calling round, so here are two star sparklers, one from Italy and the other from Australia.
Martini Prosecco Rosé £6 – so pretty and so fruity, surely everyone loves Prosecco plus pink fizz is perfect with a pudding or two as well.
Wolf Blass Red Label Sparkling Chardonnay £6.34 – here’s a fizz filled with southern sunshine, creamy and delicious on its own or with tasty nibbles like cheese straws or salted almonds.
I hope you all enjoy the Easter Break and Happy Easter to everyone – don’t forget my Facebook Q&A next week with your questions answered about wine for Easter. See you then!