What's that in the air? Snow? Spring? Both? The weather can't make up it's mind but it's officially spring now and Easter is coming up this weekend.
whether or not you're religious; Easter has great food traditions and
presents an excuse to celebrate the arrival of spring. Last
night I decided to cook my own little Easter feast and taste test a
whole series of wines. Lamb and Ham are classic Easter foods so
I seared some little lamb riblets and got a locally farmed ham steak
from Rosemont. To round out the meal I also roasted some
potatoes with sweet onions and sauteed some fresh spinach.
I started the meal with a nice clean unoaked French Chardonnay called Chardonnay de Chardonnay. It was smooth, subtle, and a little creamy. There was soft ripe apple fruit; it was a perfect way to begin the meal as well as complementing the freshness of the onions and potatoes. It's a great reminder of how nice Chardonnay can be for $13. This is available at Aurora Provisions.
As I served the ham I switched to the Pylon, a biodynamic Rhone Grenache blend that had bright juicy fruit backed up with a spicy finish. The Pylon's juiciness and spice was a perfect counterpart to the ham's smokey saltiness! The Pylon is an absurd value at $10 and can be found at Royal River Naturall Foods, Treats, Rosemonts, Maine Beer and Bev at the Public Market, and the Wine Seller in Rockland
With the lamb I turned to a great little organic Bordeaux called le Bergey. The lamb was meaty and gamey which suited the Bergey's darker more serious style. The Bergey's dark fruit and black pepper qualities were perfect for the fat and gaminess of the lamb. You can find the Bergey at the Rosemonts, Maine Beer and Bev at the Public Market, Whole Foods, Cheese Iron, Tess's, and Downeast Bev for about $11
Then to round the meal out I opened the Laguille Gros Manseng from southwestern France. It's a white that I've meant to write about here for some time and will later in more depth. It's a semi dry white that has rich tropical fruit, some sweetness, and a dry spicy finish; It's a totally unique delicious wine that is fantastic with pork, ham, or burgers. I went back to the ham with it and it was killer. The sweet and salty combo of wine and ham was a knock out and better than any dessert. It's surprising food pairings like this that keep wine fun. The Laguille sells for about $13 and is available at Rosemont Munjoy Hill, Rosemont Yarmouth, Aurora Provisions, Local in Brunswick, and Bier Cellar.