Our Top Picks: Wines to Pour on Easter!

Need to pick up a few bottles of wine to pour on Easter? Look no further – here’s a list of our top picks, for pairing with ham, lamb, and everything in-between!

First up: Some of our favorite Rosés and Pinot Noirs to pair with ham. These wines will also complement salmon nicely, for those of you looking for a fish option.

Whispering Angel 2014 – $19.99
The newest vintage of our best-selling rosé. Strikingly pink in color; fresh and tangy, with light strawberry jam and lemon flavors. Full, fruity, and crisp with a dry, clean finish. Always delicious.

Simi Sonoma County Pinot Noir 2010 – $19.99
Strawberry, raspberry, and cherry aromas. Bright red fruit flavors of cherry, strawberry, and hints of plum and toasty oak. Smooth and lingering in the finish. Firm tannins are nicely balanced with acidity.

Domaine du Pavillon Pommard Clos des Ursulines 2012 – $79.99
Endowed with beautiful, deep garnet color; has a fruity nose with aromas of cherry, blackcurrant and fig. Full and round on the palate, ripe and rich, but not heavy. Powerful and well-structured yet subtle and elegant, with a silky, velvety finish.
A few others, worthy of note:
Sacha Rosé 2014 – $9.99
Parallel 45 Rosé 2014 – $12.99
Le Caprice de Clementine – $14.99
Pascal Jolivet Sancerre Rosé – $19.99
Calera Rosé of Pinot Noir 2014 – $19.99
Château d’Esclans Rosé 2013 – $29.99
Château d’Esclans Les Clans Rosé – 2012 $69.99
Château d’Esclans Garrus Rosé 2012 – $89.99
Santa Carolina Pinot Noir 2013 – $9.99
Angeline Pinot Noir – $13.99
Domaine Bertrand Pinot Noir 2013 – $13.99
Louis Latour Valmoissine Pinot Noir 2012 – $14.99
Josh Pinot Noir 2013 – $16.99
HRW Pinot Noir 2013 – $19.99
Acrobat Pinot Noir 2012 – $19.99
Decoy by Duckhorn 2012 – $19.99
Flat Rock Pinot Noir 2012 – $29.99
Poseidon Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012 – $34.99
Truchard Pinot 2012 – $37.99
Belle Glos Las Alturas 2013 – $39.99
Armand Rousseau Charmes Chambertin 2011 – $269.99
Armand Rousseau Mazy Chambertin 2011 – $299.99

Now, for classic lamb pairings: Merlot & Merlot Blends, Carmenere, and Right Bank Bordeaux.


Cailin’s Cuvée 2010 – $19.99
A lush, forward-style red wine; the blend changes each vintage. The 2010 is an old vine blend of 80% Merlot from Bradford Mountain in Dry Creek, 20% Petit Sirah, and 20% Zinfandel from Mendocino. Our first vintage was 2007, the year Cailin was born. The 2010 blend was selected by John and Sheryl Callaghan, along with Chef and cookbook author, Michael Saxer. We’re confident you’ll love this wine, and it’s a great value at this price.

Famiglia Pasqua Passimento 2011 – $14.99
Following the Amarone winemaking technique of appassimento, this wine is 40% Merlot, 30% Corvina, and 30% Croatina. A lovely shade of garnet-ruby red and showing thick, luscious concentration, this wine’s aromas are one-dimensional yet lively: black cherry, brown sugar, and exotic spice steal the show.
Freemark Abbey 2012 – $27.99
A cross-Napa Valley blend, the 2012 is composed of 85.2% Merlot blended with other Bordeaux varietals. Only 21% new oak is used, so the fruit component dominates. Dense plum, purple color followed by notes of chocolate, berries, tobacco leaf, forest floor, and mocha. A lush, fruit-driven, hedonistic, sensual Merlot.
Be sure to try these, too!
Santa Carolina Carmenere 2013 – $9.99
Estancia Merlot 2012 – $10.99
Cormons Merlot 2011 – $11.99
Simi Merlot 2012 – $14.99
Château La Croix Bayard Montagne St. Emilion 2009 – $17.99
Flora Springs Merlot 2011 – $21.99
Château La Tour du Pas St. Georges-St. Emilion 2010 – $21.99
Château Lafleur Vauzelle Lalande de Pomerol 2009 – $27.99
Château Rouzes Moulinet Pomerol 2009 – $39.99
Emmolo Merlot from Caymus 2011 – $59.99
Shafer Merlot 2012 – $59.99
Please note that we will be CLOSED on Easter Sunday! We hope that you have a wonderful day with your family and friends.

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