Three things you don’t see every Easter, but that doesn’t mean they don’t exist. The best confectioners sell all kinds of edible Easter bunnies; you can buy pink grass anywhere for your Easter basket; and it has been known to snow on the spring holiday, always a possibility when Easter falls early in the calendar as it does this year.
Here’s another Easter oxymoron: Spring Harvest.
Montes Spring Harvest 2015, to be exact.
That’s right. A wine made from grapes harvested in the spring. Seem counterintuitive to you too?
Not if it’s a wine from the Southern Hemisphere, where spring is fall, summer is winter and everything begins anew again right about the time of our first frost. This Chilean Sauvignon Blanc is crisp and citrus-y with hints of tropical fruit, made from grapes harvested in Chile’s Leyda Valley, one of South America’s premier wine regions.
So Spring Harvest’s grapes were picked at this time last year, right about the time you and I were dying eggs and hiding baskets for Easter – a holiday of renewal, of resurrection and of hope. A vine bearing fruit in one half of the world ends up on our holiday table one year later in the other half.
Can’t get more Easter than that.
If a Sauvignon Blanc isn’t to your liking, two other wines will go well with the food of an Easter table. The first is one of our favorite roses, Chateau de Campuget 2015, a French blend of 30 percent Grenache Noir and 70 percent Syrah. It’s grown in Rhone region of Southern France, reflecting, as the label says, the sunny Mediterranean region in which it’s grown.
The other is Funf Riesling, a medium-sweet German Riesling that’s bottled in what looks like a milk jug but tastes light and fruity with a clean finish. “Funf” means five in German, which is just about the time you may be sitting down with family and friends to a holiday meal.