An Elegant Easter with Affordable Wine Pairings

Easter is near and warmer weather approaching where entertainment will spotlight gatherings. For many, celebrations call for a bottle of wine.  It is a bottle that makes any occasion one to remember, whether it’s an elaborate meal with lamb or juicy ham or just a brunch among a few friends.

Google wine pairings and your head will begin to spin. There are so many options. Traditionally, dark wines go with dark meats, light wines with light meats. I say throw tradition to the wind and if you like a wine, drink it with what pleases you!

Elegant kosher red and white wines are made all over the world from Israel to Italy. Flash pasteurization, now used by some kosher wine makers, may also enhance a wine’s body and aromas. Château de Beaucastel, the great estate in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, France, actually uses a process that is related to flash pasteurization, not in order to make its wines kosher but simply to make them more delicious. So many options beyond the traditional super-sweet Manischewtiz for Passover Seder.

Holiday feasts for spring include lamb and ham. Both pair well with a variety of wines—red, white and even rosé.

As the Fast ends and our hearts rest on celebrating new beginnings, break out the wine.

Carpene Malvolti Prosecco Brut

 

How about Starting with some Bubbles:
A wonderful way to start the celebration is with a glass of Prosecco. Think of Prosecco as champagne, just not from the produced from grapes grown in the Champagne region of France.  Some use the term champagne as a generic term for sparkling wine, but many countries reserve the term exclusively for sparkling wines that come from Champagne
 
I’d suggest Bellenda Prosecco Brut ($19.99), Carpene Malvolti Prosecco Brut ($19.99), and Stlto Prosecco ($14.99). Prosecco is today’s “it” bubble because it is full of juicy green apple fruit flavors and has gentle bubbles. Adding peach puree or other juices to the Prosecco makes a delicious and very easy cocktail.
I have tried the Carpene Malvolti Prosecco Brut. In the glass it has a straw yellow hue with nuances of green. To the nose its bouquet is very fine and fruity. The taste is a fresh delicate, pleasant taste that’s lively and elegant.  I enjoyed it with rice and pasta dishes.

 

Bodegas Franco Espanolas Rioja Royal White

I suggest the Pinot Bianco from Villa Locatelli ($12), Bodegas Franco Espanolas Rioja Royal White ($10), and Stlto Unoaked Chardonnay ($12). All of these wines are made only in stainless steel which makes them fresh and very fruit forward wines highlighting their minerality. These are wines that may be enjoyed on their own as well as with a number of dishes such as shellfish, salads, and vegetable dishes.

pinot bianco

 

The Pinot Bianco from Villa Locatelli has a straw-yellow color. It’s aroma is fleeting and perhaps best described as that of green almonds. It’s a medium-bodies wine that offers a crisp acidity and light fruitiness with a Chardonnay-like texture and finish. It pairs well with seafood stews, grilled fresh sardines, and sautéed sole. I thought it paired nicely with garlic, but can’t recommend it with  cheese.
 
I sampled the Bodegas Franco Espanolas Rioja Royal White. It’s a young wine with a pale yellow hue that’s almost brilliant in saturation. It emits a fruity aroma, making it a perfect varietal wine. The taste is light and clean. It works well with seafood and fish.
Rioja Bordon Gran Reserva

For the Main Course:

You will likely be serving a meat dish such as lamb or ham for the entree and you might be looking for a wine that will not only pair well but will be something special. We suggest the Bodegas Franco Espanolas Rioja Bordon Gran Reserva ($25) and the Angelini Estate Merlot “Per Amici” $50. Both are round, full-bodied wines that will match will many types of grilled meats. Another great choice would be the Angoris Villa Locatelli Refosco ($12). This Refosco is not only something unusual in the American market but it is a really great choice for roasted and grilled meats.

I had a glass of Bodegas Franco Espanolas Rioja Bordon Gran Reserva. It is a beautiful wine, rich ruby in color with flecks of metallic hues that sparkle in the glass. It offers aromas of spices, vanilla and heavier scents of rich leather and fine tobacco. In the mouth it is smooth, very round and balanced with bold tannins for a powerful finish.

refosco dal peduncolo rosso

One of the most unusual and still pleasing wines I tried is the Angoris Villa Locatelli Refosco. It’s a beautiful wine with its intense ruby-red coloring that reflect hues of violet. It’s aroma is very intense with black cherry, prunes and notes of moss, Marasca cherry, maple wood and sweet spices. It has a full taste with dense tannins integrated into a hint of sweet fruit. It has an aftertaste of cherry, currant and fig. It works well with roasts, feathered game, red meats and mature cheeses.

Each of these wines offered a new flavor and it was fun to pair them with different foods.  My favorite was the Carpene Malvolti Prosecco Brut I love sparkling wines! Don’t spend hours trying to find a wine to pair with food, find a wine you like and drink what pleases you!

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Julee is a quirky, dorky, North Carolina Transplant with an appetite to taste the world, meets its desserts and blog about them. When she’s not behind the computer you can find her playing with her family, reading a good book, being a Bon Jovi fangirl and celebrating the little things.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”.Julee Morrison

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  1. I enjoyed learning about these wines.

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