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Wines for the Easter dinner table

With Easter a day away I decided to choose some wines I recently wrote about to choose wines for the holiday table.
Starting with sparkling wines is always a favorite wine as an aperitif. Of course these wines can also be enjoyed throughout an entire meal as well. March 14, 2014 is all about the wines of Franciacorta, Italy’s best sparkling wines. If a cocktail is in order, try an Aperol Spritz, April 16, 2014, a sparkling low alcohol drink.
Easter ham is always a treat. With the sweet and salty meat a Pinot Noir can match the flavors for a great pairing. From Oregon try Elizabeth Chambers Cellars, Winemaker’s Cuvee, 2011, Willamette Valley, April 5, 2014. From California’s Central Coast, Hilliard Bruce, Sky, Pinot Noir, 2011 would also be a great choice, April 2, 2014.
Lamb with its rich meat and slightly gamey flavors need a fuller bodied wine Avignonese, Cantoloro, Toscana, 2011, April 7 2014, is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese and can stand up to the lamb, but not overpower it. Tenuta di Trinoro, Le Cupole, Maremma, Toscana, IT, 2008 has plenty of upfront fruit with a nice dry finish to compliment any meat dish, April 15, 2014. From the south of Italy try Campania’s Diomede, Taurasi, DOCG, 2009, for it’s bold flavors and firm tannins. House of Mandela, Thembu Collection, Pinotage, 2012 with its upfront fruit and smokiness would also be a great choice, January 13, 2014.
Some of my favorites I’ve written about lately include Hilliard Bruce Chardonnay, Sassarini, Cinque Terre, Cian du Corsu, 2012, April 14, 2014 and Cantina Tollo, C’Incanta, Trebbiano d’Abruzzo, DOP, 2010.
Make sure to choose wines of every color to please every palate.