One Plate, One Wine: Pairings For Easter And Easter Monday
Easter is a much more social holiday than Christmas. The good weather (hopefully!), the renewing energy of Spring and the joy of Easter Monday off have a special way of bringing everyone together to celebrate, even if in a less formal way.
Pic nic o passeggiata gastronomica? Grigliata con gli amici oppure una schiscetta on the road? Non importa: ricordatevi di scegliere la bottiglia giusta: niente come un buon bicchiere restituisce il senso di convivialità di un incontro tra amici.
#makeyourdaynoble, or better yet, your Easter noble, with our wine pairings for your Easter table!
Praise be to the Sambucano lamb, this variety from the Valle Stura is an unparalleled delight. However, we bet that you would be equally delighted by the lamb of the Langhe. Sheep have been bred in the Langhe for centuries and is going through a new renaissance, as people rediscover its delicious milk and meat. The lamb from the Langhe is identified with a specific label, ensuring its provenance.
Without doubt, choose the Duchessa Lia Barbera d’Asti DOCG Galanera. Soft and velvety, yet deep and complex, it is capable of balancing the savouriness of lamb meat with a good structure and fresh acidity.
BBQ AND BUBBLES
Lots of sun, little heat. The secret of an Easter Monday BBQ is that it can last from lunch till late thanks to long day of sun without any scalding heat. Cook up fish and steaks on the grill, maybe with the classic sides of baked potatoes and grilled vegetables (tip: grill the veggies in a well-oil metal pan to stop them from charring).
We suggest two different styles of “bubbles.” With meat, nothing goes better than Duchessa Lia’s Freisa d’Asti. Enjoyably fizzy and dry, it will astound you with notes of raspberry, rose and strawberries; flavours that are so profound they even impressed Ernest Hemingay, who described this wine in his novel, A Farewell to Arms. With fish, a classic spumante would do well, such as Duchessa Lia’s Cuvée Brut. A blend of Pinot Bianco and Durello, it will hold its own with seafood, especially seafood, thanks to its delicate and fruity profile.
CHOCOLATE, WHAT ELSE?
Easter Monday is the king of the Easter egg realm. White, milk, dark: chocolate is the royal currency. Colomba is the other Italian classic, which wouldn’t go amiss with a piece that piece of torrone that’s been tucked into the sweet’s drawer since Christmas.
Colomba and chocolate merit a wine that is capable of enhancing the sweetness without going over the top. We say to opt for Duchessa Lia’s Brachetto d’Acqui DOCG, a red sparkling wine typical of the Acquese Hills in southern Piedmont. The soft perlage with delicate notes of fruit, rose and violet balance the sweetness without competing. Brachetto is also phenomenal with biscuits and cookies, or for the more daring, as a base for fruity cocktails!