Wines for Easter

Easter Eggs Photo by vanherdehaage via Flickr

Quick post today, but I wanted to throw out a few wine picks in advance of this weekend’s Easter festivities. As with most holidays, Easter dinner is front and center and a time for family and friends to come together (after attending church, of course…). Most meals traditionally feature a main course of lamb or ham, so I recommend using that as your guide. For lamb, pinot noir or a merlot-dominent Bordeaux are great picks. For ham, you can’t go wrong with a dry reisling or any white with bright acidity.

4 Wine Picks for Easter

2010 Charles Smith Kung Fu Girl Riesling, Washington, $14 
Don’t let a riesling scare you away. This Washington state wine is dry, crisp, full of stone fruit flavors.
 
2008 Stift Klosterneuburg Wiener Nussberg Gemischter Satz, Austria, $15 
 The perfect Austrian white for the holiday – it’s made at a monastery that’s been turning grapes into wine for more than 900 years.
 
2009 Joseph Drouhin Laforet Pinot Noir, Bourgogne,$15
An excellent pinot noir from one of the biggest names in Burgundy. 
 
2009 Chateau Robin, Lussac-Saint-Emilion Rouge, Bordeaux, $15 
First growth 2009 Bordeaux futures are selling for over $2000 (per bottle!), but there are plenty of 2009 bargains on the shelves now. Merlot is dominant in this wine, but balanced out with cabarnet franc.
 
All of these wines can be found in the DC area. The most difficult to find is the Stift Klosterneuburg, which is sold at Bell Wine on M Street. 
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