Sparkling, Surprising, and Sweet: The Variety of Easter Sunday Wines

Sparkling, Surprising, and Sweet: The Variety of Easter Sunday Wines

easterwine_01Nothing beats Sunday brunch, but, on Easter, it’s time to pull out all the stops. With such a wide variety of dishes at your disposal, why not start out with a refreshing glass of something sparkling. Prosecco fits the bill, and many examples have a gentle softness that pairs nicely with the afternoon.

NINO FRANCO “Rustico” non-vintage (Prosecco di Valdobbiadene, Italy) $15
LA MARCA “Extra Dry” non-vintage (Prosecco di Valdobbiadene, Italy) $12

Don’t forget to save room for a big Easter ham at dinnertime. (It might take a few laps around the block to rekindle the appetite.) Now is a good time to explore white wines from Alsace. Whether made from riesling, pinot blanc, or pinot gris, they are a fantastic match with the natural saltiness and richness of the ham. More of a red wine drinker? Try a fruity but sophisticated Cru Beaujolais, made from gamay from the region’s top sites.

MICHEL TÊTE “Domaine du Clos du Fief” 2011 (Juliénas, Beaujolais, France) $22
JEAN FOILLARD “Côte du Py” 2011 (Morgon, Beaujolais, France) $35

Maybe you’re nibbling the ear off a chocolate bunny and feeling left out right now. Fear not! Port, Madeira, or Vin Santo will accompany your sweet tooth.

THE RARE WINE CO “Historic Series Wanderer Special Reserve” non-vintage (Madeira, Portugal) $40
FONSECA Port 2009 (Douro, Portugal) $30

What dishes are on your Easter Sunday table? And what wines do you like to enjoy with them? Let us know.

Photo Credit: Dallas Morning News

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