Easter wines – No matter if you are cooking ham, lamb, fish or poultry this Easter, chances are you are serving wine with your meal. Here I have some quick and simple wine tips to help you get your pairings right.
Wine Suggestions for Easter Menu
Terrazas de los Andes Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 ( SAQ # 13551371 $21.35)
Terrazas de los Andes was founded in 1999, in the heart of Mendoza, a renowned winemaking region in the west of Argentina, on an estate where the first un-grafted vines were planted in 1929. Its name comes from the “terrazas”, a series of terraced plateaus at the foot of the Andes mountain range, at different altitudes ranging from 600 to 1,500 meters. On these terraces, each of the grape varieties that they grow – malbec, cabernet sauvignon, torrentés and chardonnay – are planted at optimum altitudes to benefit from ideal ripening conditions.
This Argentinian Cabernet displays a spicy nose that brings to mind nuances of white pepper complemented by dry fruit and walnuts, with explosions of red fruit, including cassis and sour cherries on the palate. Under the layers of fruit, developed sweet and soft tannins emerge to form a persistent finish. This wine has a natural affinity with lamb chops or prime rib roast.
Chardonnay Reserva 2016 ( SAQ # 13030786 $20)
On the other hand, their Chardonnay has a very vibrant nose bringing to mind ripe nectarines, cappuccino creme brulé, finishing off with acacia and apricot jam. On the mouth, this wine is velvety and round with a nice crisp lingering finale. Harmonious and very elegant, this Chardonnay has more in common with Burgundy or Friuli than Argentina. This wine will pair wonderfully with mushroom starters in phyllo pastry or pastas with seafood and cream sauce.
Cline Viognier 2016 ( SAQ # 11089702 $16.65)
From Sonoma Valley in California, Cline Cellars has been sustainably farmed and family owned since 1982. Fred Cline learnt a great deal about farming from his Italian grandfather, then after at UC Davis where he met his wife, Nancy Bunting, who came from a farming family. Fred and Nancy chose to restore hectares of 100-year-old vines and craft Rhone style varietals like Mourvèdre, Carignan, Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier. They also planted vines of what would become legendary Cline Cellars Zinfandel. In 1993, Fred and Nancy moved the winery to a 350-acre ranch in the famed Carneros Valley in Sonoma County. There the Clines planted Merlot, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Syrah.
Their Viognier has lovely bright peach and orange notes with hints of white flowers and honey. On the mouth, full body and fleshy with a delicious frutiness. Lovely, long finale. Pair it with glazed ham or roasted turkey.
Domaine Grand Veneur Les Champauvins 2014 ( SAQ # 10935774 $22.70)
The Domaine was created by Mathieu Jaume in 1826. Alain Jaume now manages the Domaine with the help of his family. The estate is located in the village of Orange and consists of 75 hectares. It encompasses four different appellations: Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Côtes-du-Rhône Villages, Côtes-du-Rhône and Lirac. As of 2012 the estate is certified organic. Here, soils are made of red clay and rocks (pebbles stones of quartz). In summer and during the day, the rocks temperature will increase to 55°C. This accumulated heat returns to the vines during nights . Day after day, this unique phenomenon allow the grapes to reach a perfect maturity and produce a unique wine
This Côtes du Rhône, from a plot of vines located just outside the borders of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, is a terrific achievement in a challenging vintage. On the nose, this gorgeous Rhone blend displays floral nuances of cistus, peonies and violets complemented by wild rosemary and leather, On the mouth, the wine shows textbook southern Rhone flavors such as deep and juicy black fruits accentuated by spicy pepper notes and a dense palate that while rich, it is balanced by a fresh acidity. Ideal for serving alongside steak, prime rib, or grilled lamb.
Mommessin Gamay’ Fizz ( SAQ # 11154857 $17.75)
The roots of the Mommessin winery are in the southern part of Burgundy. The company is the legacy of those winemaking traditions, which for centuries were laid by monks of the Cluny order in vineyards, located around Macon. It was in the town of Grange-Saint-Pierre, formerly owned by the Cluny Abbey where Jean-Marie Mommessin, chose the headquarters for the company in 1865. The emblem of the house depicts the symbolic key of the city.
This sparkling Gamay is Incredibly fragrant, tender and fruity with notes of black currant and blueberry. On the palate, it has a beautiful mousse with a good balance of sweetness and acidity. It is very fresh, light and harmonious wine. Pairs well with chocolate based desserts, especially field berries based such as raspberry or strawberries.
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