There are certain times of the year when your questions have a recurring theme, and the weeks leading up to Easter is such a time. "What wine should I serve with our Easter gathering?"
It's a great question not only because you are asking but because I am also planning my family get-together. I'm usually in charge of recommending the wines but this year have the added honor of hosting our family brunch. This would have a simple answer with a menu as straightforward as fish or red meat. But most likely your menu — as does mine — entails an array of traditional family dishes such as deviled eggs, green bean bundles and the customary ham.
Hands down, my favorite choices are riesling, gewurztraminer or dry rose.
I know, I know... unless you have been in one of my wine and food pairing classes you may not believe me on these "very rarely go wrong" recommendations. But trust me. There is no other way of explaining these pairings of perfection than by experiencing them. The key is finding wines that can serve one simple task, not competing with the food. With such an array of food flavors your wine choice should be a stand-by participant. These wines will always deliver.
If you have a family member who refuses to veer from his or her beloved red wines you can always depend on a light-bodied pinot noir.
2018 Bell Rose, California (about $15 retail)
2017 Chateau Ste Michelle Dry Riesling, Washington (about $10 retail)
2018 Domaine Bousquet Rose, Argentina (about $11 retail)
2017 Hogue Cellars Riesling, Washington (about $11 retail)
2017 J. Lohr Monterey Riesling, California (about $11 retail)
2016 Louis Guntrum Dry Riesling, Germany (about $14 retail)
2014 Anne Amie Dry Riesling, Washington (about $19 retail)
2017 Presqu'ile Winery Rose, California (about $22 Retail)
2018 Monchhof Slate Riesling, Germany (about $25 retail)
2018 Rudi Weist Monchhof Estate Riesling, Germany (about $19 retail)
Lorri Hambuchen is a member of London's Institute of Wines and Spirits. Contact her at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, P.O. Box 2221, Little Rock, AR 72203, or email:
Food on 04/17/2019