This blog’s sixth annual Easter wine list is diverse and vivacious, thanks to a knowledgeable and passionate group of experts who’ve forwarded 24 recommendations for your holiday table. All listed wines are available locally or online. (See Jim Campanini’s selections at: https://thewinenovice.com/jims-easter-picks-six-wines-for-the-senses/)
A bottle of wine turns a simple meal into a feast, so pairing a wine’s traits with ham, lamb, turkey and other traditional holiday foods is important. While red choices are traditional – and safe – choices for the holiday dinner, crisp white wines also go well with turkey and salty ham. My advice? Don’t be shy about trying something uniquely different this year, even a dry rose` or sparkling wine. If you have any doubts, ask your local wine store manager for help.
Andrea Lewis, Wine Director
Andover Classic Wines
- Boal de Arousa Albarino, $15.99 – Ripe apricot/peach fruit combined with fresh minerality and a crisp, zesty finish, a really attractive white wine.
- Les Promesses Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc, $18.99 – Floral, citrus and tropical fruit aromas, with a fine, mineral finish, making this a wonderful wine for spring.
- Villa Sparina Gavi Cortese, $15.99 – Bright yellow color, delicate bouquet of dried pineapple and peach. Full and rich in flavor, yet mineral and refreshing.
- Planet Oregon Pinot Noir, $22.99 – This offers some wild raspberry and strawberry aromas with a very vibrant fresh palate. Baking spice mid palate with nice acidity.
- Chateau Caserta Cru Bourgeois, 2010, $24.99 – Redcurrant, raspberries and a touch of balsamic make this perfect with a pork roast!
- LaSpinetta di Casanova Rose`, 18.99 – Intense tangerine, white peach and strawberry scents lead to juicy citrus flavors and a dry finish.
Steve Ross, Wine ConneXtion, Andover
- Dry Creek Vineyard, “Clarksburg” Dry Chenin Blanc, $10.99 – Lively, creamy mouthfeel with refreshing flavors of lemon, pear, and mango.
- American Vintners, “Butter Blossom” Russian River Valley Chardonnay, $17.99 – Fresh citrus, white flowers and Meyer lemon zest are balanced by elegant, round notes of toast and subtle spice.
- Rusack Vineyards, “Santa Barbara” Pinot Noir, $29.99 – Packed with bright flavors of strawberries, coffee, and caramel making for a very approachable food-friendly wine.
- Chateau Pegau, “Maclura” Cotes Du Rhone Red Blend, France, $13.99 – This rich, densely-layered wine is loaded with classic Cotes du Rhone red fruit and spice, the hallmark stamp of Pegau.
- Opolo Vineyards, “Summit Creek” Zinfandel, $19.99 – An intense fruit forward Zin with fruit sourced from eight Paso Robles vineyards.
Craig Gandolf, National Wine Director
Cynthia Hurley French Wines, Needham
- Domaine de Mourchon Cotes du Rhone Villages-Seguret Rose, $21 – A dry Grenache with clean, fruit brilliance.
- Kubler Pinot Blanc K Alsace, $21 – Fresh ands lively with lemon-scented notes.
- Jean Pierre Beaujolai Cru Morgon 2015, $22 – A fruity Gamay with bright tannins.
- Chateau Vieux Poirier Bordeaux, $19 – Organic Merlot that pairs well with lamb.
- La Toupie, Qua Tour, Cotes du Roussillon Villages, $27 – A gorgeous Syrah- Grenache blend.
- Paul Garaudet Bourgogne Rouge 2016, $32 – This Pinot Noir delivers the luxurious experience of drinking Red Burgundy without mortgaging your house.
Kate Corcoran-Morgan, co-founder
Creative Palate Communications
- Famiglia Pasqua Amarone della Valpolicella, $29.99 – A food friendly Amarone with dark cherry and espresso expressions to enhance roasted lamb.
- Mouchão Red 2013, $60 – A single-vineyard Portuguese wine made only in years of exceptional quality, yielding spicy, dark fruit and eucalyptus notes.
Matt Ryan, Certified Sommelier
Gordon’s Fine Wine, Waltham
- Pieropan Soave Classico, $17.99 – “Swah-Vay” offers a floral nose with a hint of citrus to be the perfect aperitif or a pairing with your salad or creamy soup entrée.
- Hartford Court Chardonnay, Russian River Valley, $29.99 – Don Hartford’s sun-drenched vineyards produce traits of ripe apple and pear, lemon drop candy, and classic creaminess that can keep step with any dish on the table.
- Gerard Boulay Sancerre, $29.99 – Gerard Boulay is the king of Sauvignon Blanc! Framed by citrus and minerals, this crisp white will be a hit throughout the entire meal.
- Selvapiana Chianti Classico, $17.99 – On the lighter side of Chianti, Selvapiana’s Sangiovese offers classic notes of sour cherry and cedar rounded out by lots of blackberry and red plum.
- Jean-Louis Chave, St. Joseph “Offerus”, $29.99 – Syrah from this part of the world is my go-to favorite pairing for almost any lamb dish. The savory nature of both meat and grape are a match made in heaven.