For most people, Easter means brunch with family and friends after church services, which usually include plenty of delicious food. To me, Easter is also the kick-off of Spring. We move from heavy dishes and stews to lighter dishes and we welcome some of my favorite Spring vegetables, like asparagus, green peas, sugar snap peas and artichokes.
So, whether you are celebrating Easter with the typical glazed ham, a delicious roasted leg of lamb or your favorite Spring veggies frittata, I have the perfect wine to recommend to you.
Apaltagua Chardonnay 2021, Casablanca, Chile $12
Made from 100% Chardonnay grapes grown in the Casablanca Valley. Completely fermented in stainless steel and aged on its lees for 4-6 months. This vivacious white features passion fruit, pineapple and honey notes, giving away to a mineral scented and mouth-watering finish.
Serve this with Easter deviled eggs, grilled asparagus with Parmesan cheese, baked fennel with olive oil, artichokes with lemon sauce or my favorite brunch item! mushroom and asparagus frittata.
Funckenhausen Rosé 2021, Mendoza Argentina, $15
A blend of 85% Malbec, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc.This fresh and uncomplicated rosé is fermented in stainless steel to preserve fruitiness, without any malolactic fermentation. The nose features strawberries, dry red cherries and pink grapefruit aromas that echo into a juicy and zesty finish. The ideal wine to have by the beach or at a picnic too!
Serve it with your glazed roasted ham, scalloped cheese potatoes, creamy mac and cheese with bacon and mushrooms, roasted carrots with dill or creamy peas with butter. It will also go well with all kinds of salads or scampi flounder fillets.
Celler Unio Convey 2017, DOQ Priorat $17
A polished red, made from a blend of 50/50 Garnacha and Carignan. Aged for 6 months in oak. This savory and medium plus bodied red showcases blackberry, figs and raisin notes, with a touch of spicy clove and nutmeg that intensify the smoky finish.
Lazuli Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Maipo Valley, Chile $45
A Powerbomb made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. It’s vinified in stainless steel and aged for 16 months in second hand French oak. This succulent red features black currant, plum, black olives and tobacco notes. Soft tannins give structure as well as fine tune the expressive finish.
Serve these two delicious reds with your braised leg of lamb with rosemary and garlic, grilled lamb chops with mint jelly, savory lasagna with beef ragú or roasted pork loin with honey mustard sauce.
Yum! Don’t forget to leave some space for some delicious chocolate eggs, hot cross buns or bunny cupcakes. Happy Easter to everybody! Cheers, Silvina
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