Schramsberg 2006 Blanc de Noirs Sparkling Wine ($25-$30), a sparkling white wine from California, exudes many fruit flavors, including strawberries, apples and citrus. This wine is delightly fruity on the palate and on the nose. Its lively, bubbly, fruity character is a perfect partner for appetizers made with cheese, meats or vegetables. With every sip, you'll experience a light fruitiness and crisp finish, that cleanses the palate and readies you for another bite.
Robert Mondavi Fume Blanc 2007 ($20-$25) is a crisp and cool Sauvignon Blanc from Napa Valley with flavors of citrus and summer fruits and a hint of acidity. This white wine is fresh and clean and pairs perfectly with a lighter springtime soup, such as a leek soup or pea and mint soup. The wine has a vibrant finish with a fruity nose and is zesty on the palate.
Easter wine and pasta and rice pairing
Laxas Albarino 2007 ($15-$20), a clean and bright white wine from Spain, has citrus and herb aromas and a peachy palate. This version of Albarino has a yellow color and crisp freshness that is a nice complement to a spring vegetable pasta or Easter risotto.
Easter wine and entree pairing
Dominio del Plata Crios de Susana Balbo Malbec Mendoza 2008 ($10-$15) is a light red Malbec from Argentina that is smooth and spicy and pairs deliciously with any meat entree. This medium-bodied wine boasts red fruit flavors like cherries, plums, and berries and creates a luscious jammy finish, perfect to pair with roasted lamb.
Easter wine and Dessert pairing
Pacific Rim Sweet Riesling 2008 ($10-$15), a slightly sweeter wine that is a lovely complement to a lighter dessert, like a sweet ricotta pie. This Riesling from Washington has flavors of peaches and pineapples with an oaky nose. It has just a hint of bubbles, which makes it lively on the palate but with a slightly drier finish.
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