Easter is late this year giving us plenty of time to recommend some of our wines that will go perfectly with smoked salmon, a traditional roast lamb, classic crumble and soft gooey cheeses.
To begin with the chef, clearly the most important person in the kitchen over Easter, a small glass of La Gitana sherry must be on hand right from the first chop of Spring veg. La Gitana is a dry, nutty and utterly delicious drop of Sherry that is to be savoured and enjoyed and yet makes the whole morning pass in a flash.
The new vintage 2020 of Château Carbon d'Artigues Blanc is a non-oaked white Bordeaux that is wonderfully crisp and fragrant with a hint of honeyed melons on the palate. It pairs wonderfully well with oily salmon starters, a savoury soufflé or even meaty game salads.
I love the smell of roasting lamb, the waft of rosemary and garlic and the sound of sizzling from the oven. The aromas fill the house and everyone always waits impatiently for the moment that it is placed on the table in almost heavenly silence. So what to drink ? Pinot Noir is a classic pairing and there are many to choose from. Casas del Bosque is a favourite from Chile with its soft fruit-driven black cherry flavours, or as a treat the Nuits St Georges Vieilles Vignes from Domaine Chicotot which is alluring, soft and seductive and utterly gorgeous. Drinking a point !
A small glass of Sauternes from Maison Sichel with a good pudding is hard to beat. It's unctuous and sweetly soft yet stands up to fruit acidity.
If you want to 'go large' and go all out, then I can't recommend a magnum of Churchill's Reserve Port enough. You think it will last a looooonnng time and I can guarantee it won't. Dense, plummy and totally satisfying you'll wonder why the bottle is suddenly empty. YUM.