Easter is almost here! Can you smell it?
No, neither can we (to be honest), but we know that when the time comes, the ham (or, in the case of our family, Easter salmon) will smell so good we’ll all be dying to open Mike’s Easter wine picks!
All of these great wines will pair with traditional (and non-traditional) Easter dinners.
Pair with Ham, Fish, or Lamb
2015 Château Marjosse Blanc – Entre-Deux-Mers $24.99
This very unique white Bordeaux is just about the springiest wines we could think of – floral notes dance on lemon peel, pomelo and a dash of honeysuckle. Fresh and refreshing, we chose this because it would pair very well with ham as well as other non-traditional mains, like the grilled Easter salmon Mike will be serving his family. It’s full bodied and easy drinking, but not sweet, and doesn’t have any oak to compete with the delicate flavors of your spring spread.
Pair with Tri-tip or Prime Rib
It’s barbeque season in So Cal, so we’ve got to include our favorite BBQ meat on this list. Why sweat over a ham in the kitchen all day when you could sit around the patio table with some great wine?
2014 Halter Ranch CDP
This great versatile and robust blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mouvedre is big and bold, and will pair well with fatty red meat.
CDP stands for “Cotes de Paso, and is Halter Ranch’s take on a Rhone-style wine. Aromas of plum and dark cherry with a bit of garrigue lead to a rich mid-palate and long, smooth finish.
Pair with Salmon (or Fish in General)
2013 Artesa Estate Reserve Pinot Noir
Rather than pairing fish with white, why not mix it up with a lighter red? The 2013 Artesa Estate Reserve Pinot Noir is clean and crisp, and doesn’t have any oak to weigh it down.
Aromas of cherry, wild strawberry, and raspberry give way to anise and coriander in this pure and vibrant wine. Sweet berry flavors and spice on the palate end with a toffee finish.
Pair with Anything
2013 Russian River Valley MacRostie Chardonnay
Of course, we couldn’t forget the Chardonnay drinkers! We think you should definitely grab a bottle of the 2013 Russian River Valley MacRostie Chardonnay for the table (or serve with apps while dinner is cooking). It would go well with pretty much anything, from fish to ham.
It’s not overly oaked or wooded, but still has a little bit of oak for character, and is not steely or overly buttery.
From Wine Enthusiast:
90 Points, “Best of the Year 2015”
“From a vineyard site farmed by the Duttons called Matthew’s Station, this is a gentle wine, medium in weight, with nuances of green apple and fresh-squeezed lemon. Balanced, it offers a twist of toffee and oak beneath its crisper notes, finishing warm in nutmeg and ginger spice.”—Virginie Boone, December 2015