Easter is a holiday celebrated around the world, some religious and some a bit different than what you may be used to. But either way, there is wine involved. Here we’ve highlighted a few wines from around the world that are worth trying on the upcoming holiday.
France: “Joyeuses Pâques” – Flying Bells and Chocolate Fish
Like many families, patrons of Maison Louis Jadot observe the tradition of the “Ringing of the Bells.” As the story goes, church bells stop ringing on Good Friday to “fly” off to the Vatican in remembrance of the crucifixion and return to rejoice by ringing on Easter morning. The bells arrive with decorated eggs and chocolate fish, known as Poisson d’Avril, for the children. The adults celebrate with a glass of wine, possibly from Bourgogne.
- Louis Jadot: Puligny-Montrachet 2012 – A distinctive, yet delicate wine with notes of fresh fruit and vanilla that carry on to the palate and culminating in a long finish. This pairs nicely with lighter meals and cheeses.
- Louis Jadot: Pommard 2011 – Masculine and full- bodied, this Côte de Beaune red has a fruity depth of character with earthy aromas and flavors. Drink with lamb, complex beef dishes, pungent cheeses to really show this wine off.
Italy: Scoppio del Carro
“Scoppio del Carro,”meaning explosion of the cart, is a Florentine tradition dating back about 350 years. It is said that a young member of the noble Pazzi family raised the Christian flag in Jerusalem during the First Crusade of 1099. For his example of bravery, three flints from the Holy Sepulchre were gifted to him. At Easter, Florentines light a cart on fire to distribute said fire to others families around the city to relight their hearths on Easter morning as a symbol of new life.
- Tenuta Sette Ponti: Crognolo Toscana – The wine has a fruity, spicy bouquet and ripe cherry and berries on the palate. This goes well with full-flavored meats, game and roasts.
- Tenute Del Cabreo: La Pietra Chardonnay di Toscana – This Chardonnay has rich, intense aromas and flavors that are velvety, complex and balanced, with notes of spices, vanilla and butter. Pair with white meats, fish and aged cheeses.
New Zealand: The Circus Comes to Town
Since New Zealand is in the Southern Hemisphere, Easter occurs during autumn. The families celebrate by attending the Auckland Easter Show, which features thrill-seeking rides, circus shows, art exhibitions and a wine show.
- Craggy Range: Te Muna Road Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc – This wine shows richly expressive aromas and flavors of fresh lime, lemongrass, ripe nectarine, and citrus. Overall, the wine is powerful, crisp, clean and dry. It pairs well with aperitifs, seafood and poultry.
- Craggy Range: Te Muna Road Vineyard Pinot Noir – This dense yet elegant wine offers black fruit, floral and spice aromas and flavors. The palate is silkily structured with layered fine tannins, culminating in a finish that gradually unwinds, revealing bright red berry and violets. This wine is delicious with poultry, lamb and mushrooms.
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