With any holiday, our mantra stands firm, “be nice, be useful, and bring wine”! From turkey to take out, here’s five of my picks and pairings for Easter.
On the Menu: Ham
At the request of one of my brothers, ham is on the menu for my Easter dinner. Ham makes for an intriguing wine pairing, depending on your preferences there are plenty of options. A rich, California Chardonnay could be quite wonderful. However, given the persistent chill in the air, I’m opting for Beaujolais. A small region in France, south of Burgundy that is famed for delicate red wines made with the Gamay grape. They’re low in tannin and have vibrant acidity that will complement the richness of the ham. Chill it down for 20 minutes before serving and enjoy the magic.
Robert Perroud, Pollen Brouilly, 2015 – $30
On the Menu: Turkey
We find particular delight in spring because fresh vintages of Rosé start making their way into our glasses! Once temperatures creep above zero, even fair-weather pink drinkers start seeking out bottles again. Rosé is a total chameleon for lighter fare like turkey dinner or any spreads that entail many dishes and flavours.
Haywire, Secrest Mountain Rosé, 2016 – $27
Broc Cellars, Love Rosé, 2017 – $32
On the Menu: Chicken
I’m not often one to get overly excited about chicken. However, when it’s paired with a spicy little wine and you just might have my attention! An aromatic white wine can really lift a chicken dish. Notes of white flowers, tropical fruit, rich spices and just a touch of sweetness for good measure will kick up any chicken dish – even if it’s your Aunt, notorious for over cooking chicken hosting dinner!
Lake Breeze, The Spice Jar Blend, 2016 – $26
On the Menu: Beef
Weather be damned. Those of you that are saying screw it and barbequing, I salute you. If you’re firing up the grill or cooking up a roast, a bold red is a no-brainer! Instead of picking up your go to Cab Sauv, why not try an earthy, dirty (in the best way) Spanish wine? Reds from Ribera del Duero in north-central Spain made predominately from Tempranillo are the perfect pair for beef. Plus once you see the label you’ll be sold.
Venta Las Vacas, Ribera del Duero, 2014 – $36
On the Menu: Take Out
When in doubt, always BUBBLES! Sometimes the best celebrations of holidays are just staying home, reveling in an extra day off work and ordering take out. If you know take out is the plan but you’re not sure what, grab some bubbles on your way home. We’re confident it will pair with almost anything you order! Sushi, pizza, shawarma, fried chicken – you name it!
Langlois Cremant, Brut Rose, NV – $28
Best of all, if you need a bottle on Easter Sunday, Nathalie is at the shop from 11 am – 6 pm and rumour has it, she’ll even have some of these open to splash for you!