Stress-Free Wine Selections for Your Easter MealApril 8, 2020
Knowing what you are serving for your main course is only part of the battle in pairing a wine with your Easter meal. Other concerns may be what time of day are you eating, what do you usually like to drink, and how many drinkers are in the house. While this last part may not be as much of a concern these days with our physical distancing practices, it is always important to take into consideration to ensure you have enough wine on hand to celebrate the holiday accordingly. You may not need that extra bottle to deal with your lovely mother-in-law this year, however, it might be good practice to have it on hand for whenever the next occasion arises (did someone say virtual wine tasting on Thursday?).
While Thanksgiving has morphed itself into Friends-giving, the Easter holiday still revolves mostly around family. Hence, it makes sense to celebrate with a family owned and operated wine producer. Founded in Verona in 1925, Famiglia Pasqua winery was born of the family’s love of wines, its long-standing winemaking traditions and strong link to this historical land. For any true romantic, when you mention Verona, Italy, one will initially think of the tragic love story of Romeo + Juliet.
The PASSIone sentMENTO (a.k.a. PASSIMENTO) wines from Pasqua are dedicated to Verona and this most romantic love story ever. The unique label is a picture by photographer Giò Martorana that shows the messages left by lovers in the yard of Juliet’s house. These wines aim to tell the love story that made Verona famous all over the world.
The PassioneSentimento Bianco was created based on the idea of using Garganega (an indigenous Italian white grape) alone to obtain an elegant white, that has a moderate amount of structure, and evolves over time in the glass.
The wine smells of citrus notes with undertones of apricot and peaches.
On the palate, the wine is dry, well-rounded and pleasant to the taste, with a lengthy finish.
While the wine is fermented in stainless steel, a small part of it is aged in French oak barrels to give the wine a little added texture.
The PassioneSentimento Rosso is full of love and passion.
This wine is a blend of Corvina (a grape used to make Amarone), Croatina (an indigenous red grape from Northern Italy), and a small percentage of Merlot.
These grapes are harvested by hand, then left to dry in wooden crates in a drying loft that causes the grapes to lose about 30% of their water content to achieve a higher concentration.
In the glass, you notice right away the beautiful deep ruby red color.
Striking notes of red fruit and spicy overtones are very apparent on the nose. The wine is plush and full, caressing the palate with smooth, velvety tannins.
The PassioneSentimento Prosecco is the sparkling wine that completes this trifecta offering of wines from Pasqua at this level.
By law, in order for this sparkling wine to be called a Prosecco, it must be made in the Charmat method (in a tank versus in the bottle itself) and from the Glera grape, native to the Treviso area from where this wine hails.
This vivacious, bubbly wine is very versatile and quaffable, suitable for all occasions, and hence the top choice for bacon + brunch lovers.
Famiglia Pasqua also makes a must-try at some point in your life Amarone della Valpolicella.
Amarone wines are known for their lengthy air drying to concentrate their flavors, along with extended oak aging to increase its complexity.
This unique wine style and the process used to make it are not reproduced anywhere else in the world.
Think blackberries, bing cherries, freshly roasted coffee and cocoa nibs. Sweet vanilla-like notes are evidence of its long maturation in wood.
The wine finishes with gentle tannins and a taste that goes on and on into your next sip.
Now, you might be asking yourself what qualifies to make these wines the perfect match for your holiday meal.
First of all, Pasqua translates to the word Easter in Italian. While this should be enough said for some of you, price is also another factor that makes these wine selections stress-free. For the handful of people who would like to splurge as in “this may be the last bottle of wine I ever get to drink” (or the fact that you don’t have to share it with ANYONE else), then you should invest in the par excellence Amarone. For the rest of us who are concerned about falling in love with an everyday favorite, that will soon become our new house wine for the summer, the Passimento series of wines are sure to bring Easter joy not only to your palate, but also to your wallet. Lastly, these wines are so versatile that you can have the white lamb or the red with ham, or vice versa.
Hippity, hoppity here to reserve your Easter stash soon. Peter Cottontail never had it so fun and easy!