A happy Easter to everyone! We’re delighted to let you know about a few lovely wines that are returning to our range plus a few more wines to enjoy that will make your Spring Lamb and Seafood sing over the long weekend.
Just in are 3 fantastic organic Southern Rhone wines made by 9th generation owner of Domaine Galevan Coralie Goumarre (pictured above) who makes energetic, complex and elegant wines.
Paroles de Femme Cotes du Rhone – from the ripe 2019 vintage, this is silky complex CDR that pairs brilliantly with Spring lamb, game and Greek or Middle Eastern Mezze. (19.00)
Espirit Devin Cotes du Rhone Villages – 2016 vintage (one of the best Rhone vintages in 20 years), this is a darker fruited Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre blend aged in barrel for 15 months. Goes well with dark meat and braised dishes. (25)
Or you could just splash out and go for her Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2017 if you’re feeling like a big treat! (48)
The lovely supple wines of Central Italy are also a great pairing for Lamb as grapes like Sangiovese and Montepulciano are perfect foils with complex red and dark cherry flavours with wild herbal notes and fresh acidity. There’s a lovely selection here for a range of budgets:
Nespoli Organic Sangiovese (13.95) – full of fresh red cherry and plum flavours.
Castello del Trebbio Chianti Superiore (21.00) – cherry, spice and wild herbs.
Valori Montepulciano d’Abruzzo (19.00) – dark cherry, violet and tobacco.
Polosia Rosso Piceno Superiore – (22.95) – cherry, Mediterranean herbs and liquorice.
Finally, as Bordeaux and lamb are best friends we’d heartily recommend this Medoc red from Ch Haut Myles (22.95) with plenty of sanguine savouriness that matches so well with red meats and game.
Whites for Seafood
Whether it’s smoked, shellfish or fleshy fish you’re having this Easter here’s a few selections that would work with them all:
En La Tradition Blanc (15.95) – full of aromatic grapefruit, stone fruit and spicy notes with lots of freshness.
Encruzado is Portugal’s answer to white Burgundy with creamy, rich mineral notes. Look no further than Terra d’Alter Encruzado with it’s white peach, creamy profile – great value at 17.95 and matches perfectly with white meat dishes and creamy cheese too.
Last recommendation on whites is an organic complex white from Penedes near Barcelona, made by iconic producer Can Rafols del Caus. Made mainly with old vine Xarel-lo Terra Prima White (22.95) is aged in chestnut barrels. It has lovely stone fruit, a silky round mouthfeel with balancing freshness and minerality.
Wines for Chocolate
We all splurge out on a bit of Chocolate over Easter so here’s a few ideas to match up with your favourite chocolate eating experience:
If you’re having desserts like Chocolate Mousse, Profiteroles laced with melted Chocolate or any sweetish dessert with a fair bit of chocolate running through it look no further than pairing with a glass of Teluccio (down to 20.00) – this is a sweet red wine made from later harvested Sangiovese grapes with flavours of dark fruit, prune and echoing notes of dark chocolate.
On the other hand if you’re simply having a few squares of dark chocolate (70% +) there’s nothing quite like matching it with a full bodied red such as Contesa Montepulciano (18.95), Adami Valpolicella Ripasso (25.00) or Valenciso Rioja Reserva (33.95).
Whatever you’re drinking or eating have a lovely Easter weekend!
Brid, Colm & Mark