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Wine for Easter and Passover

Easter is the celebration of new life and rebirth. This year its timing coincides with Passover, and each marks the first feast of spring after the cold days of winter. Many families today observe traditions from more than one religion. The wider your circle of friends is the higher the likelihood you may be invited to share in a meal that memorializes events from Biblical times. There are many examples of wine being enjoyed throughout the Old and New Testaments, and we honor that custom by making sure it is present on the holiday table.

Our picks for Easter:

Franciscan Estate Chardonnay 2012 (right)This is a well-structured Chardonnay from Napa Valley, with flavors of green apple, pear, andlemon with harmonizing notes of jasmine and crème brulee. If you are serving pollo or pavo this Easter, you will want to have a couple of bottles of this on ice.

Cultivate Wonderlust Chardonnay 2011: From Chile’s Colchagua Valley, this fresh Chardonnay is blended with a bit of Moscatel, which adds soft floral notes and nice body to the wine. It is aged in stainless steel, so flavors of tropical fruit and citrus shine through, making it terrific with seafood appetizers.


MacMurray Ranch Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2012 (left): A bold Pinot Noir from one of Sonoma’s premier sub-regions for this versatile grape, the MacMurray Ranch Pinot has gentle aromas of Mediterranean herbs that give way to flavors of black cherry, cranberry, and caramel. This will be perfect along side your pernil.

Terrazas de los Andes Altos Del Plata Malbec 2011: From Mendoza, Argentina, the Malbec capital of the world, this opulent Malbec offers lush flavors of blackberry, black plum, violet, and freshly ground black pepper. It has a nice savory quality that pairs well with roasted red meat or steaks hot off the grill.


William Hill Estate North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 (right)A rich Cabernet Sauvignon with flavors of blackberry, black cherry, mocha, and butterscotch, this has good mouthfeel and a nice bright finish. If you are grilling chuletas de cordero or slowly roasting pierna de cordero, this Cabernet Sauvignon will bring out the best flavors in herb-rubbed lamb.

Don Miguel Gascon Malbec 2012: Also from Mendoza, this fruit-rich Malbec offers flavors of black raspberry, cherry, anisette, and chocolate covered espresso bean. With a nice balance of complex fruit flavors and zesty acidity, this works equally well alongside lamb or beef dishes.

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