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What Goes With Hasenpfeffer?



BlogWhile this is a little bit of a cruel joke to those in the know at this time of the year, it does bring up an interesting point. Inevitably, we in the Bubbles wine department will be asked by many wide eyed panicked people, “What should I drink with my Easter ham!?!” Luckily the answer is not that complex. Let’s take a look at some food and wine pairing basics.


First of all, salt makes food go better with wine. It makes sweet wines sweeter; it makes fruity wines fruitier, and tames the tannins in big beasty wines allowing more subtle flavors to emerge. This is just one reason that Prosciutto, an Italian salt cured ham, goes so well with so many wines. Wait, you say, I am not having Prosciutto at Easter. Fear not, our American hams have plenty of salt in them as well to help with the pairing. This means, thanks to this higher salt content, many wines will pair just fine. Keep it a little on the lighter side of the reds such as Pinot Noir and Beaujolais. The richer side of whites is great with such wines as Alsace Riesling, so that nothing gets overpowered.


The bigger problem is pairing with those darn Easter eggs you are going to be inundated with when the kiddos are done hunting for them. The solution, Champagne or some other crisper, aged sparkler. Champagne is one of the few wines that goes great with eggs, (hence mimosas!). With all of the chocolate bunnies and Cadbury Eggs (mmmm…. Cadbury Eggs), the budget might be stretched a little tight for champagne so, Cava is the answer. Cava is the sparkling wine of Spain made in the exact same process as Champagne and is even aged a minimum of 9 months to lend lots of the toasty goodness of the French sparkler.


We at Bubbles are sure you have enough to do in finding the best hiding spots for the eggs to drive your kids nuts. To make your life easier we have made some Easter baskets for mommy and daddy, they come in a white basket and a red basket. Stop in today and enjoy nature’s bounty as we welcome that furry little harbinger of spring with our special Easter selections below and save 10% on these wines!


White Easter Basket, All 3 wines: Only 26.99!!! Save 10%


Jaume Serra Cristalino, Extra-Dry Cava, Spain. This light-bodied cava finds balance between its citrusy acidity and honeyed flavors of ripe pear, pastry and kumquat. Creamy and well-textured, with a juicy finish. Drink now. 50,000 cases made. –AN


Helfrich Riesling, Alsace, France, 89Pts. Wine Spectator! A pretty, floral Riesling, with a creamy texture and hints of lychee to the yellow peach and light mineral notes. Lively and clean, with a light smoky finish. Drink now through 2013. 5,000 cases made.


Project Paso Chardonnay, Paso Robles, California. Aromas of green apple, blanched almonds, and vanilla and oak nuance fill the glass. Light, crisp flavors of apricot and Meyer lemon come from the cold marine air that flows into Paso Robles through the Templeton Gap, while sur-lie aging adds extra body and rustic richness.


Red Easter Basket, All 3 wines: Only 26.99!!! Save 10%


Jaume Serra Cristalino, Rose Brut Cava, Spain. A juicy rosé cava, loaded with ripe cherry, blackberry and currant fruit, all framed by lively acidity. A good aperitif. Drink now. 50,000 cases made. –AN


Georges Duboeuf, Beaujolais-Village, France. Fresh and juicy, with spice and tobacco notes accenting the dark berry fruit flavors. Lightly chewy on the moderate finish, showing a chocolate note. Drink now. 100,000 cases imported. –AN


A by Acacia Pinot Noir, California. Chock full of massive black cherry flavors with s touch of spice. A finish of violets lends interest to this very pretty wine.


Prices good through 4/4/12.

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