As we near a well-deserved Easter holiday break, filled with over indulging chocolate Easter eggs, seasonal foods and of course glorious wine, we would like to share our Top 4 Easter Wines with you and a sneak peak of what food pairing work well with these popular limited wines…including chocolate pairing suggestions!
Our Best Seller the Great Expectations Colombar 2015
In Cape Town we make a traditional dish of pickled fish, which I absolutely love and will be making in time for Good Friday. This dish has sour flavours from the vinegar and the sweetness of the raisins in the hot cross buns we eat it with.
Our best seller, the Great Expectations Colombar 2015 is the perfect pair with any Easter fish dish. This grape is not grown in the UK, so it is unlike any wine you have tried before. It is a crisp, fruity white wine with hints of guava and passion fruit on the nose.
Chocolate Paring: Lime Infused White Chocolate
The Perfect Partner for Meat Dishes our 100% Cinsaut
Our 100% Cinsaut is also a red grape variety you don’t often see in the UK. Rietvallei’s Dark Cin 2016 is dark plum in colour. The nose reveals dark earthy blackberry fruit with touches of spice and smoky nuances. The palate is intense with juicy berry fruit and hints of chocolate and spicy freshness. Beautifully rounded with gentle inviting fruit tannins and delicious, juicy, all-encompassing finish.
Chocolate Paring: Dark Semi-Sweet Chocolate
Another one of my personal favourites and such a beautiful vegan red wine that will pair well with red meat, lentils, mushrooms and aubergine (or brinjil – what we call it back in South Africa) is Leipzig’s typical Rhône blend 2016 made from 72% Shiraz, 21% Mourvèdre and 7% Viognier.
Chocolate Pairing: Fiere Chilli Chocolate
If you are having something veggie or vegan, do yourself a favour and check out our vegan wine options here.
More Popular White Wine for Easter Flavours
This Chenin blanc vegan wine shows intense citrus flavours coupled with a silky finish with some oak notes. Because of Chenin blanc’s great acidity and sweet aromas, it pairs well with foods that have a sweet and sour element. This wine will pair beautifully with squash, shallots, chives, savoy cabbage, yams, carrots, cauliflower, oyster mushrooms, corn, red bell pepper, apple, quince and pear.
Chocolate Pairing: Simple White Chocolate
Recap of Our Perfect Chocolate Pairings
It would be rude to not include our Easter chocolates amongst our easter indulgence, here are our chocolate pairings again for the beautiful wines above, see how the flavour of the wine changes when having chocolate together with it…And how the chocolate changes too!
With Colombar – Lime Infused White Chocolate
Dark Cin – Dark Semi-Sweet Chocolate
Shiraz-Mouvedre-Viognier – Fiere Chilli Chocolate
Chenin Blanc – Simple White Chocolate