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From Lamb to Lentils: Wines to pair with your Easter feast

From Lamb to Lentils: Wines to pair with your Easter feast

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Easter dinner should, in theory, be less stressful and not as bound by tradition as Christmas. What this means is you have more flexibility with what to pour for family and friends. Who knows, it may even be warm enough to seat your guests outside and eat al fresco.

Dinners on Easter weekend lean towards ham, in all its variations, lamb for the traditionalists, salmon if having fish on Good Friday, and vegetarian main courses. We combed our shelves to bring you options for all your culinary needs, and to please the diverse pallets in your dining room.

Andreas Bender Riesling Sekt Brut – If you’re looking for something champagne-style but without the price tag, introduce yourself to this German Sekt. From winemaker Andreas Bender comes this Mosel Riesling-based sparkling. Classified as Klassische Flaschengärung (Traditional Method) this brut opens with citrus and green apple, then some easy-going brioche notes and ends with orange peel. Excellent as an aperitif and for last-minute brunch requests.

Sustainably farmed with no pesticides/herbicides and is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

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Le Caillou Rosé – From Le Clos du Caillou, founded in 1895, in France’s Rhone Valley. This blend of Grenache and Cinsault has a nose of citrus, flowers and hard candy. With lychee, grapefruit and pomegranate on the palate. A bright, complex rosé perfect for seafood or vegetarian Easter dishes.  Certified organic and biodynamic. Click on the image to purchase.

Moraine Estate Pinot Gris – Overlooking the Okanagan Lake in the Naramata bench, this pinot gris is from the Anastasia vineyard, the largest and oldest of the 3 Moraine Estate vineyards. Smelling and tasting of the peach orchards of the Okanagan while maintaining a balance between fruit and acidity, with a hint of fresh herbs, making it flexible enough for the richness of ham or lamb, while not overpowering fish or vegetable courses.  

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Ribolla Gialla Orange DOC – If you have yet to experience orange (skin contact) wine or need to impress that adventurous family member, Easter is your chance. This Italian orange wine, made from Pinot Grigio, will match up with everything from lamb to duck to cheese. Pouring a beautiful amber, expect scents of apples and honey. Medium-bodied with mild tannins, with decent acid and some minerality, making it easy to drink for first-timers.  Sustainably farmed. Click on the image to purchase.

Four Vines the Skeptic Petit Sirah – The Skeptic petit sirah from California’s central coast will meet expectations for those needing something bigger and bolder. Figs, toasted hazelnuts, and boysenberry aromas drift out of the glass. While flavours of dark fruit, cocoa and espresso dominate. If your easter dinner is going to feature meat in any variety of sauce, this will do wonders. Click on the image to purchase.

Nugan Estate Alfredo Dried Grape Shiraz – A full-bodied red made from Nugan’s premium vineyards in the Riverina and McLaren Vale in Australia. Following harvest, a portion of the grapes are dried to concentrate flavour and intensity before finally being aged in oak for 12 months. A dense garnet wine with scents of cherry, plum, dark chocolate, earth and herbs. A warming, complex wine with savoury notes and smooth tannins.  Vegan friendly.

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We hope these wines have provided some guidance, and even inspiration, for your holiday spread and that they will find a place on your table.
Feel free to speak with our informed staff about these wines, and any additional spirits or beers.
We are here to make your Easter event something any bunny can enjoy.

The 5VINES team

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