March 27 is Easter Sunday, a day for a celebratory meal that typically centers around either lamb or ham. Either way, we’ve got the wine match covered. The classic pairing for lamb is Bordeaux or Bordeaux-style blends, especially those with a healthy portion of Cabernet Sauvignon. Here are four Wine Shop favorites:
- 2010 Chateau Chasse-Spleen, $49.00
- 2010 Chateau Haut-Bergey, $44.00
Two Cabernet dominant Bordeaux from an undeniably excellent vintage.
- 2012 Ramey Cabernet Sauvignon, $56.00
A blend from California—85 percent Cabernet.
- 2008 Syzygy Cabernet Sauvignon, $37.00
One hundred percent Cabernet from Walla Walla.
For ham, you can go white, red or rosé. Dry Riesling is a great choice for the white. Any of the following, each from a different region, will work well:
- 2014 Pewsey Vale Dry Riesling, $15.99
From Australia’s Eden Valley.
- 2014 Gobelsburg Riesling, $17.99
A lovely entry from Austria.
- 2013 Schloss Schönborn Rüdesheimer, $21.00
Delicious German Trocken Riesling.
- 2012 Schoenheitz Riesling, Linsenberg, $21.00
Classic dry Riesling from Alsace.
When it comes to red, think fruit forward with softer tannins. Beaujolais’ Gamay Noir and Burgundy’s Pinot Noir make for perfect pairings. You won’t go wrong with any of these:
For Beaujolais, here are four top cru wines from the very good 2013 vintage that’s drinking beautifully now:
- Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py, $33.00
- Stephane Aviron Fleurie, $20.00
- M & C Lapierre Morgon, $28.00
- Château Thivin Côte de Brouilly, $25.00
While Burgundy is still synonymous with Pinot Noir, over the past decade or two, the grape has finally shown it’s potential in other regions, as all of the following show:
- 2014 Evesham Wood Willamette Valley, $20.00
A genuine bargain from Oregon.
- 2012 Joseph Swan, Cuvée de Trois, $32.00
An exceptional Pinot from a California pioneer.
- 2013 The Crater Rim, Waipara, $28.00
Proof of New Zealand’s affinity for Pinot Noir.
- 2013 Refugio, $27.00
From Chile, another new frontier for quality Pinot.
Last, but not least, four oh-so-versatile, food-friendly rosés, two of which are sparkling, and three of which are on member sale:
- 2014 Domaine Vacheron Sancerre, SALE $18.99
Save big on Pinot rosé regularly priced at $26.
- 2014 Mas de Gourgonnier, SALE $12.99
Drinking beautifully now, and you save $6.
- Macarico Serra Delle More, SALE $22.00
A traditionally made sparkler, fermented in the bottle.
- Zuccolo Brut Rosé, $12.99
A definite best buy from Italy.