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The 10 Best Wines to Serve on Easter

Whether you're feasting on ham, lamb, or chicken, the beverage pairing will be a breeze if you stick to these bottles.
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We surveyed sommeliers around the country to find out which bottles are best to serve on Easter. Here are the best sparkling, white, and red wines to serve at your celebration.

Sparkling: Schramsberg Vineyards North Coast Brut Rosé

$41.99


Heidi Turzyn, wine director at New York's Gotham Bar and Grill, says she always begins her Easter celebrations with a sparkling rosé. "One of my go-tos is Schramsberg Vineyards' North Coast Brut Rosé. I enjoy the balance of the fruit and acidity. The touch of oak makes it a nice pairing with hard-boiled eggs. If you wanted to take it up a notch add some caviar—it's an incredible pairing!"

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Sparkling: Ca'del Bosco Franciacorta Cuvée Prestige

 $39.99


"A perfect sparkler for an apéritif or to drink all through the Easter feast, Ca'del Bosco Franciacorta Cuvée Prestige is crisp, bright, and fruit-forward with a slight nutty finish," says Jennifer Foucher, head sommelier at Fiola in Washington, D.C. "It's a refreshing wine for spring that's made with the Metodo Classico (the traditional method that's used in Champagne), and Franciacorta is the best region in Italy for high-quality sparkling wine."

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Sparkling: Champagne Drappier Grande Sendrée Brut 2008

$119.99


For a pricier option, Jeff Josenhans of San Diego's Grant Grill Loungesuggests this Drappier Grande Sendrée Brut 2008, "a heavy-hitter that provides generous complexity and weight. The Drappier cuvées are always interesting and complex, with classic grape varieties such as pinot noir, chardonnay, or meunier, rare varieties such as petit meslier, blanc vrai, or the extremely rare arbane. This bottle pairs beautifully with traditional Easter dishes."

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White: Mova Pinot Grigio

$29.99


"Pinot Grigio can at times get a bad rap for being too flat or lacking in distinctive character," Josenhans says. "Not so with this gem from Slovenia—home to an extraordinarily innovative winemaking community, with dozens of producers making wines with distinctive minerality and aromatic complexity. It's also a fantastic value!"

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White: Gundlach Bundschu Estate Gewurztraminer

$20.99


"Gewurztraminer has the perfect balance of fruit and spice and is able to perfectly pair with the variety of dishes one might indulge in during the Easter holiday," says Heidi Cole, sommelier at The Barrymore in Las Vegas. "Gundlach Bundschu Estate from the Sonoma Coast is made in a dry style with bright acidity, which will complement the sweet and salty components in a traditional celebration dinner."

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White: Brundlmayer Alte Reben Grüner Veltliner

$54.99


Grüner Veltliner is another grape that gets high marks for Easter meals. Marilyn Snee, wine director at Upstairs 2 in Los Angeles, recommends it "especially if roasted salmon or baked ham are the main event. It has a round, creamy texture and is a nose full of pears and exotic fruit followed by a pepper spice. It's also a perfect foil for seasonal vegetables like fresh spring peas and asparagus."

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White: Domaine Laroche Les Vaillons Premier Cru Chablis

 $51.99


"Another favorite for Easter Sundaybrunch is smoked salmon with crème fraîche and blinis—and for this, there is nothing better than a delicious Chablis," Turzyn says. "My pick would be Domaine Laroche Premier Cru Vaillons Vieilles Vignes. This wine has a nice weight to it, along with bright minerality and citrus fruit notes."

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Red: Yangarra Estate Old Vine Grenache

$25.99


If guests prefer a red wine, Cole suggests this Old Vine Grenache from Australia: "Lighter bodied, with plenty of fruit on the nose, it has an enticing spiciness on the palate to keep you coming back for more. It is bold enough to pair with holiday roasts, but not as aggressive as merlots and cabs. It also comes in at a price point that the everyday wine drinker would not be afraid to take a chance on."

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Red: Tablas Creek Esprit de Tablas Rouge

$55.99


"I think every Spring feast needs at least one red to complement what is typically a great time to go heavy on white wines," Josenhans says, "and this New World expression of the Southern Rhône is a strong contender. It almost comes off like a pinot noir, showing a bouquet of exotic fruit, but finishes with spice and a voluminous mouthfeel."

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Red: Torbreck Cuvée Juveniles

$22.99


Barbara Werley, master sommelier and wine director at Pappas Bros. Steakhouse in Dallas, also recommends a Rhône-style blend: Torbreck Cuvée Juveniles from Australia. It has "deep red and black fruit flavors, and is full-bodied and would be great with lamb. This wine is not packed, so it shows the purity of fruit that comes from Australia."

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*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com

*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

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