Easter is almost here and families everywhere will be gathering around the dinner table to feast with friends and loved ones. This may not sound like the best time to think about food and wine pairings, but if your family is anything like mine the end of Lent is one of the happiest of days. Chocolate, red meat or even (gasp!) wine, whatever you may have given up for the last 40 days, it’s time to reintroduce yourself. The Easter meal should be a happy occasion, and what better way to enjoy good company than with a little vino at the table?

Hands down, my favorite choices with ham are Riesling and Gewürztraminer, so I’ll bring a couple of bottles for me to enjoy and for my friends who wisely always drink whatever Jeff is drinking. For my friends who drink only reds, I’ll find soft and fruity examples of Zinfandel, Pinot Noir or Merlot. I’ll also bring a dry rosé (my favorite), which will appeal to the über-wine-geeks around the table. Finally, you can never go wrong with bubbly, which is always festive and goes with a variety of foods, including macaroni and cheese and ham.

Here is what we have chosen for you for your Easter Celebration!

Friday-Saturday March 30-31, 2018

Easter Wine picks with Swirl staff

Tasting between 3:30-6:30pm

Tinhorn Creek Gewurztraminer 2016

Soft yellow and emerald flecks in its youth. Nose is big ripe lychee, papaya and banana. Very expressive. Opens up to Turkish delight and spring flowers; honey suckle and daffodil. Absolutely beautiful! Palate is lush with exotic fruit, candied citrus and Manuka honey. Long and complex finish with a noticeable lifted sweetness compared to previous vintages. Noble Rot is a beautiful thing.

Stoneboat Gravelbar Chorus 2016

Early ripening Schönburger was crushed and de-stemmed then transferred with skins to tank for 48 hours then pressed. Pinot Blanc and Müller Thurgau. Bringing together all the delicious fruits of an Okanagan Summer, this aromatic blend is loaded with melon, peach and green apple flavours. Medium bodied with balanced acidity, and layered with a mineral tone which leaves you with a refreshingly long pleasant finish.

Ex Nihilo Riesling 2015

This vibrant, classic dry Riesling combines aromas of pink grapefruit and white pepper. Experience clean flavours of honey and crisp minerality. The finish seems endless with delicate orange zest, wildflower and lemon.

Stoneboat Gravelbar Duet 2015

Pinot noir and Pinotage give mocha, and black berries on the nose, seamless tannins followed by baking spice, and clove. Meaty attack, flowing into jammy, dark berries. Medium bodied with a long finish. Elegant and classy.

Tinhorn Creek Cabernet Franc 2015

Dark purple in the glass reveals a young wine with plenty of structure and deep colour. Elevated nose with black fruit, sage, soy and cedar. Vibrant palate with sweet fresh cherries, red and black berries, and mocha. Great balance of freshness and power, with a long warm finish.

Ex Nihilo Merlot 2015

Robust, yet elegant. Luscious fruit from Oliver was aged 18 months in French Oak. The result is balanced wine with depth, soft grain tannins and an endless finish.

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