Easter is a time to welcome spring with the family while enjoying a delicious meal more indulgent than a Cadbury cream egg. Whether you love white, red, or dessert wine, below are five options for your Easter wine shopping list.
1. Start with bubbles: Prosecco.
A wonderful way to start the celebration is with a glass of Prosecco, like Carpene Malvolti Prosecco Brut NV (Veneto, Italy). You'll hop like a bunny for its juicy green apple fruit flavors and gentle foam. Add peach puree for a dazzling and very easy cocktail. $20.
2. Steel yourself: Reisling.
A dry riesling, like the 2011 Clean Slate (Mosel, Germany) is a beautiful pairing for rich egg dishes, like deviled eggs and quiches, because of its crisp citrus flavors, bright acidity, and distinct minerality. $11.
3. Ham it up: Rioja.
Your guests will soak up every bite of glazed ham with the Bodegas Franco Espanolas Rioja Bordon Gran Reserva (Rioja, Spain), a round, full-bodied expression of tempranillo that is fruity with ripe red berries and a long finish. $25.
4. Lamb love: Syrah.
Classic rosemary lamb chops pair beautifully with syrah because of its underlying smoky flavors. Try the 2011 Tablas Creek Vineyards CÃ´tes de Tablas. A blend of syrah, grenache, and mourvedre, the wine has a powerfully meaty nose with flavors of dark plums, leather and spice. $30.
5. Easter dessert: Viognier.
For everything from peach custard to coconut cupcakes, you'll want a versatile dessert wine like the 2011 Chouinard Vineyards Viognier (Livermore Valley, CA). With its beautiful stone fruit aromas and lingering finish, you'll savor every sip. $24/375 ml.