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Easter eggs and spring lamb…what goes?

We’ve got some top recommendations for wines that go with roast lamb, and for total indulgence, to sip alongside your Easter eggs.

Let’s start with what we think you should choose for your Easter Day lunch.

The deep cherries and blackberries, smooth tannins and pleasant spiced finish of Castillo de Jumilla from Spain is perfect for lamb. And it’s a partnership that’s been around for quite a while. The heavy bodied and ancient Monastrell grape was introduced to Catalonia by the Phoenicians in around 500 BC. Also from Spain – but from the north – Navajas Gran Reserva is a Rioja with a deep tawny colour, smooth sweet vanilla notes, black cherries and truffle aromas produced by this classic Tempranillo.

For a modern style, from France’s Rhone Valley, we have Chateauneuf Du Pape, La Calice, a delicious blend of Syrah and Grenache producing a wine full of spice, black pepper and sweet red fruits. Or swing over to northern Italy’s Veneto for this classic Amarone della Valpolicella. A blend of Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara delivers black cherry, black pepper, subtle herbs and a sprinkling of delicious raisins.

Now for chocolate, and while Easter may see an overindulgence, especially if you have given it up for Lent, these two recommendations can be paired year-round.

Smoking Loon is a Californian Zinfandel with complex aromas of fig, black cherry, sandalwood and toast. If you associate zingy-sweet rose with Zinfandel that’s because around 85% of this variety is used in this way. But Zinfandel – similar to Primitivo – naturally produces rich reds that have been prized since the height of Venetian influence in 1450.

Or…try this Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon from Aconcagua in Chile. Carabantes, Viña Von Siebenthal, is rich and complex and ‘A kiss on the cheek from an Angel’ says Cam.

Finally, but not least, here’s a white that can punch its weight with your gigot. Chateau Pont de Brion, is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon from Bordeaux on France’s west coast. A very complex wine with expressive citrus fruit and a slightly buttery finish.

Happy Easter from OAK N4.

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