Easter Drinks Recommendations
Simonnet-Febvre Cremant De Bourgogne Brut 75cl, £14.99
The greatness of French sparkling wines is often overlooked in favour of Champagne; however there are many great-value, excellent examples of wines which make for great alternatives when hosting a get-together with family and friends. Crisp and elegant, this Chardonnay-led sparkling is a very easy drinking wine - perfect with canapés such as smoked salmon.
2. Fabulous with fish
Picpoul de Pinet Duc de Morny 75cl, £7.99
For those of you who are not abstaining on Good Friday, this one is a must with fish. Grown around the Thau Lagoon, famed for their mussel beds, this light and elegant wine is very versatile. The delicate aromas and acidity work wonderfully with the freshness of grilled white fish. Try it with Saltwater Fish Company’s recipe for Halibut with Mussels, Leeks and Cider.
3. Great with lamb
Churchill's Estate Meio Queijo Douro 75cl, £9.99
Portuguese wines are having a real moment and the Meio Queijo Red is a great example. This fresh, bright and fruity wine is a blend of local grapes, including the famous Touriga Nacional. Its natural acidity and tannin structure cuts wonderfully through the richness of a roast lamb dish, but as it isn't too heavy-bodied it won't overpower any of the delicate spring lamb or vegetable flavours. Enjoy with Blagdon’s Aromatic Slow-Roasted Lamb Shoulder.
4. It all about the chocolate – almost
ABK6 VSOP Cognac 70cl, £40.00
With the abundance of chocolate about it’s the perfect time to play around with some new pairings; red wine and port are a classic choice, but why not try something a little different and opt for a Cognac? Our recommendation is the ABK6 VSOP, a beautiful single estate Cognac. It is rich yet fruity and the fresh acidity helps to cleanse the creamy sweetness of the chocolate, while the oak maturation gives it a great complexity of flavour.
5. Rhubarb Fizz
Made with Ca di Alte Prosecco 75cl, £14.99 and Poetic License Northern Dry Gin 70cl, £32.50
Rhubarb is back in season and makes for a delicious cocktail ingredient. The delicate pale pink of this elegant and delicious cocktail makes it the perfect drink to serve when entertaining friends or family this Easter. To a large bowled wine glass add ice, 35ml rhubarb syrup, 25ml gin, a squeeze of lemon juice and stir. Top with Prosecco, garnish with a twist of lemon and enjoy.
To make the rhubarb syrup:
- 1 cup of sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 vanilla pod, split and seeded
- 3 sticks of rhubarb cut into small pieces
- Combine in a saucepan then, over a medium heat, bring to the boil and simmer for 3 minutes until the rhubarb is tender.
- Strain and allow to cool.