I think it officially becomes Spring once Easter rolls around. Tomorrow you are probably planning a big meal with family to celebrate Easter, and hopefully I can lend a hand with the wine. No matter what you plan on serving tomorrow, hopefully I can help.
If you are going the traditional turkey route, here’s one of my favorites. From the Napa Valley it’s Stags Leap Viognier. This is a new grape I have discovered since moving to Nova Scotia, and I love the crisp vitality of the wine. Flavors of white peach and a lovely acidity make for a well balanced white wine. This wine is also fantastic with spicy Asian cuisine.
For those of you who gave up meat for Lent, you may be celebrating tomorrow with a big juicy steak, or a delicious pot roast. Have I got the wine for you.
The 2010 Yalumba Pachwork Shiraz from the Barossa Valley in Australia. This is the type of wine that gave Australia the crown when it comes to a Shiraz. Said to be one of Australia’s oldest vineyards, the Yalumba Patchwork Shiraz is a dark red color with earthy tones on the nose. Deep rich fruit combine with flavors of cedar to make a great match with beef.
Another one of my favorites is from McGuigan Wines in Australia and winemaker Neil McGuigan.
The McGuigan Shortlist Shiraz is a beauty, with powerful flavors of red berry fruit and black currants. The only problem with this wine is that they make very little of it each year, thus the shortlist. It is fantastic wine, selling out fast all over Nova Scotia. Each bottle has an individual number on it, and if you get the opportunity try this wine.
If you are doing pork, maybe a nice pork tenderloin, you can’t go wrong with a nice smoky Merlot. You can’t go wrong with this one
You are going to love the Thorn Clarke Terra Barossa Merlot – with its big bold color in the glass and flavors of plum, licorice and chocolate. It’s a great wine with pork. And it seems I’ve been having out in the ‘Wines from Australia’ section a lot lately, so here’s another great wine with pork.
The Velvet Devil Merlot is out of Washington State in the United States, and is a favorite Merlot of mine. Dark cherries, tobacco, cedar and oak combine t make a powerful Merlot.
I hope you have a wonderful Easter weekend. Enjoy family and friends with good food and good wine. I would like to take a moment to thank each and every one of you for reading each week. And for Rick, Sue and the gang for allowing me to try new wines each week.