Easter Holiday Pairing Wine
The Easter holiday is only a few days away, and we have the perfect pairing suggestion for your family’s celebration.
Easter also acts as a lovely reminder of our approaching spring in full bloom. Below are a few hang selected wines that are trending this season, and will pair beautifully with your family’s holiday tradition.
Let’s start with something to toast with: Bubbly!
This Vouvray is a staple at Cranberry Liquors. This French Sparkling white wine is a fabulous buy, and can be served as an aperitif, as an early afternoon ice breaker, or as the cap to a wonderful night. The Domaine Vigneau-Chevreau Vouvray tasting notes:
The wine develops a good balance between acidity and a light residual sugar which gives a natural fresh flavour.
The soil gives a mineral taste of flint stone which will increase with the time.
It can be characterized by his yellow, shining colour and his apple, quince and citrus fruits [and] ripe aromas. It can be served with sea foods and at the aperitif.
This wine is characterized by fine bubbles, his yellow, shining color, apple and quince ripe aromas.”
“This kind of wine can be served at aperitif or dessert.” At $21.99, you certainly could mix this sparkling into a mimosa, or serve it as a pre-dinner cocktail.
Next we have a few beautiful Rosés: Both light: one sweet and one dry.
Rosés are still trending as fervently as last year. They are light bodied, beautifully colored and perfect for transitioning into the warmer seasons.
If you are looking for a more “serious” Rosé, the Stift Göttweig is an excellent choice: This Pinot Rosé is derived from 100% grapes. One excellent review has cited this drier, more technically astute bottle to be “An intense, mineral-driven wine, this one abounds with aromas of fresh strawberry and tangerine.”
Made by Benedictines in Austria, the monks harvest when the grapes are at their driest and most mineral peak. The religious theme on the label makes this bottle a wonderful conversation piece. Click here for more tasting notes to scribble on your hand, or hide in your back pocket. At $16.99, this serious wine comes rather inexpensively.
The Memoires Rosé De Provence is another excellent, albeit less serious choice. New this year, this French Rosé is light, it’s pink, it’s festive: It’s a springtime wine – it goes with any meal, and at $10.99, it’s an excellent price point, and you’ll be amazed that $10.99 is all you paid!
You can read more about Rosés, the significance of their coloring, and the many varietals here.
If your Easter tradition includes Lamb, lasagna, or something heavier than traditional ham for supper, a full bodied red is your best bet.
Two tried-and-true reds are The Franc (California Cabernet Sauvignon,) and La Crossé. At $32.99, this is one of our finer french reds. La Crossé is a full-bodied beautiful red blend. Click here for the winery’s tasting notes.
The Franc is an inexpensive “best-buy,” also more suited to heavier meals. Wines from Lodi have a tendency to be very extracted, fruity but not sweet, and Cosentino (The Franc’s Winery) has some-what of a ‘cult-following’ for this style of wine. At $14.99, The Franc is a little gentler on the wallet as well. Click here for tasting notes.
Finally, if your family serves ham, Easter’s traditional meal, Riesling is where it’s at. Willm’s Alsace Riesling is an excellent choice (tasting notes here.)
For $14.99, this sweet Riesling is exactly what a traditional Easter ham asks to be paired with.
As always, we offer 10% discount on 6 bottles, and 20% off of a 12 bottle case (mixed or straight.)
Cranberry Liquors hopes you and your family have a wonderful and spirited holiday! Stay tuned for summer trends!