Wines for Easter & Other Special Occasions

Adam Arlen

, Happy Hour

Easter dinner

Ham is a favorite main course for Easter and there are many wine options to pair with dinner. Lamb tends to be a solid second choice for most people as well. Both are on the savory side with nice marbling that can take on a bigger wine.

 

The white options

With richer foods you’ll want bright acidity in your wine to help cleanse the palate and keep you salivating. My top options are Chenin Blanc from Vouvray and Riesling from Germany.

2018 Aime Boucher Vouvray is my choice for Easter. Very food friendly with bright acidity and just a touch of sweetness, this Vouvray is stunning with its elegancy and freshness which carry through the ripe fruity palate, marrying with hints of honey and apricots. Pick it up at your local independent wine shop for about $18.

2018 Dr Loosen Blue Slate Riesling Kabinet is a benchmark for German Riesling. This classic Mosel Kabinett is harvested from higher-elevation parcels owned by Dr. Loosen in the villages of Bernkastel, Graach and Wehlen. The wine is bright and pure with the vibrant white peach fruit and a floral, flinty minerality that is so typical from blue slate. A plush attack on the mid-palate leads to a deliciously firm, delicate finish. Pick it up for about $20.

 

 

 

The red options

 

Thinking about everything on the table I will lean towards Grenache or Zinfandel. The juiciness and plush texture will accentuate the dinner without overpowering the food.

2017 Bodegas Mas Alta Black Slate La Vilella Alta from Priorat, Spain is a stunning example of Grenache from Spain. The brain-child of local native Eric Soloman, this wine was designed to showcase the Priorat region, made by the best producer in each village as an affordable option. Pick it up for under $25.

2016 Klinker Brick Old Vine Zinfandel from Lodi is a beautiful example of a balanced Zinfandel. Mixed berry cobbler in the glass, and a touch of licorice and dried sage make this a compliment to everything on the Easter dinner table. Pick it up for about $25.

 

 

 

 

 

 

When in doubt, Bubbles!

 

 

 

Sparkling wine will go with almost anything you can think! From fried chicken and potato chips to a dry-aged tomahawk ribeye, the acidity and effervescence makes a perfect pairing.

Albert Bichot Cremant de Bourgogne Brut Reserve NV is my house bubbly. The nose boasts notes of citrus (lime, pink grapefruit) and white blossoms which pave the way for vivacity and freshness on the palate. Clean and precise with beautiful length. Pick it up for under $30.

 

 

 

 

Wine images courtesy of wine.com and Instagram.

 

 

Adam Arlen, Sommelier

 

Adam Arlen: “I am passionate about wine because it is history in a bottle.” He is the sommelier for The Peninsula Club in Cornelius, NC. Originally from Allentown, PA, he believes you should always branch out and find new things. His goal is to never stop learning and continuing to grow both personally and professionally. A fun fact about him: “I was a nuclear engineer on a submarine in a previous life.”

 

 

 

 

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