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Wine Pairings for your Easter/Passover Holiday

By Certified Sommelier, Jimmy Quaile 

 

Easter WINE Hunt

Let’s face it, searching for the right wines to serve throughout your Easter Sunday can make you as crazy as forgetting where you hid that last Easter egg. Whatever your family’s tradition, versatility is the name of the game. Here are a few wines I plan on putting in my basket when I hop through my day.

MORNING EASTER EGG HUNT: MOSCATO

Lower in alcohol and sweeter in style, this wine gets you in the mood to celebrate the bunny who left eggs all over your yard.

Cascinetta Vietti Moscato D’Asti $12.98

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BRUNCH : CHAMPAGNE

Fantastic with eggs and brunch foods and my starter for every celebration.

Roederer Estate Brut $23.98

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HALFWAY POINT: CHARDONNAY

You have about an hour before the next round of entertaining. Pour yourself of nice glass of lightly oaked Chardonnay and put your feet up.

S.L.H. Chardonnay $16.98

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FAMILY ARRIVES: ROSÉ

With its’ bracing acidity, moderate alcohol, and sweet notes of raspberry and strawberry, a Rosé is the perfect welcome to your guests.

Gerard Bertrand Côtes des Rosés $14.99

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DINNER IS SERVED: RIESLING, PINOT NOIR or SYRAH

If ham is your main course chances are it is honey baked or has some sort of glaze, so a sweeter style of wine (though not TOO sweet) is needed to balance everything out. Riesling is a great choice.

Nik Weis Urban Riesling $11.99

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Salt, which you’ll also find in ham, is no friend to highly tannic reds. Pinot Noir is an alternate choice if you’re solely a red wine drinker. And BOTH match perfectly if Turkey is the centerpiece of your holiday table.

La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir $18.98

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If Lamb is on your menu, the classic pairing is Syrah. It is rich, full, and spicy enough to compliment the flavor and texture and has notes of black cherries with a slightly peppery finish. Perfection!

Famille Perrin Coudoulet de Beaucastel $21.98

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Kosher wines are no longer relegated to sticky-sweet wines that were the norm at Passover. Quality wines from all over the world now carry the kosher certification. Binyamina’s Shiraz, with its Shiraz/Viognier blend, is ripe and rich, big and bold yet won’t overpower your Seder beef brisket.

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Wine Guy Fact

In 1917, a young Irving Berlin wrote “Smile And Show Your Dimple”. At that time, the only way to track a song’s popularity was by sheet music sales. It sold only 2,500. 16 years later, as the composer was stumped for a song to be featured in the movie, “As Thousands Cheer”, Berlin stole the tune from himself, added new lyrics “In your Easter bonnet…” and renamed it “Easter Parade”. It became a worldwide hit. The song is now owned by Paul McCartney, along with the rest of the Irving Berlin Songbook…including “God Bless America”!

 

Wine Pairings for your Easter/Passover Holiday
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