Five Wines In Three Hues for Easter
Wondering what to drink this Easter weekend? It’s a little early this year, and depending on where you live, the weather is all over the place. Warm days, which might be a tad spritzy, give way to chilly nights. The traditional foods can also be tricky to pair well. Hard to gauge whether to drink white, red or pink. How about all them? Below is a selection of wines in every hue and weight to sip this weekend, no matter if it’s a big roast dinner gathering with family and friends, or something more intimate with lighter fare. Cheers and happy Easter!
DJF Vinhos Alvarinho/Chardonnay 2012: This one has the citrusy aromatics of alvarinho (albariño in Spanish), with the richness of chardonnay to give it some weight. An excellent pairing at the start of a meal with soups, and even matches well with springy vegetable dishes. The 2011 vintage won gold at the NY International Wine Competition.
Roero Arneis “Camestri,” Porello 2010: A great value for this northern Italian grape varietal. A perfect balance of zingy citrus with golden fruit and white peach flavors. This is a crisp, delightful wine that’s excellent with spring vegetables, fish and herbal dishes. Tastes like spring in a glass!
Cava Llopart “Leopardi” Brut Rosé Reserve 2009: Hailing from Catalonia, Spain this dark pink cava is one of those Goldilocks wines, meaning it’s just right. It’s festively sparkly for any occasion, a dark rose that will please red wine drinkers but still has the refreshing rosé weight. It’s fruity enough to please those with sweet palates, but with an earthy layer that ties all the flavors together. It’s also excellent as a base for sparkling cocktails. Your perfect party date!
Tousey Winery Cabernet Franc 2011: This is a versatile, aromatic red wine that really gets the job done. Dark berry fruits with a subtle toasty and slightly herbal finish. Fantastic wine to pair with lamb and roasted potatoes. Silver medal winner at the 2012 NY International Wine Competition.
Trattore Wines Estate Zinfandel 2009: Jammy, but with enough of a dry, earthy backbone to help it stand up to a roast dinner or ham with all the fixings. Layers of flavors make it pleasant to sip on its own at the start of a gathering, or if you just need some alone time for the holiday (even if you’ve hidden yourself in the bathroom away from Aunt Zelda.) Hey, it happens. Go enjoy yourself.