I thought I’d pull from some of my previous wine reviews to give you just a couple of suggestions for your Easter Sunday.
McNab Ridge French Columbard
French Colombard is a white wine that McNab Ridge is growing to “preserve history in the county” [Mendocino]. Not many people grow French Columbard anymore, but it used to be quite common. It is believed to be an offspring of chenin blanc, another favorite grape of mine. Colombard was originally grown in France for distilling into Cognac and Armagnac (yum), so I’m not surprised I have an affinity for it.
This is an off-dry wine with 1.8% residual sugar. It had natural, bright acid. I noted that it was sweet, light, aromatic, and refreshing. Kevin noted the intensely floral characteristics, such as white flowers and pansies. During a more traditional first course at brunch, this wine added a bit of spice – or perhaps the food added the spice to the wine. It was certainly easy to drink and based on our own experiences, I think it might pair well with your own Easter brunch.
Saint-Meyland Brut, NV
I love bubbly. I particularly like French bubbly and believe in bubbly and mimosas for Easter.
First off, Saint-Meyland is French and it’s only $15. However, it is not officially “champagne.” It’s made in the traditional method, but it’s just not quite located in the Champagne region of France, and well, it can’t take the name. It’s made from hand-picked grapes and has plenty of tiny bubbles and that nice dry taste you associate with a French Champagne. The nose has some vanilla and floral aromas and it has a long balanced flavor. It tastes more expensive than it is. Often, picking the French bubbly from just outside of the Champagne region will net you great taste and amazing value.
I can’t wait to pop this one open this weekend. This wine is a real value and your family might be impressed you showed up with such a tasty morsel from France for your Easter brunch.
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