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Food & Wine: Easter Feast
Spring has arrived and Easter is early this year- April 5th, 2015. Many of you have already begun to plan for the annual Easter (Pasch) or Passover feast, long celebrated in honor of Christ, Passover and Spring. Lamb is a traditional meat served on Easter- due in part to the reference of Abraham, Lamb of God (Christ), and the superstition that the devil could never take the form of a lamb. Ham was considered luck, pre-Christian times. Bread is an important aspect to all religious ceremonies and holidays. Sometimes baked in symbolic shapes with specific ingredients, Easter breads often feature eggs, a commodity forbidden by the Catholic Church during Lent.
With those tidbits of historical reference, here are some of our favorite feast ideas - some have carried through the generations and of course our suggested pairings! Savory items…
Lamb roast with fresh mint and rosemary
Enjoy with McKinley Springs Syrah (Horse Heaven Hills, WA)
Blackberry, dark black cherry, spice and bittersweet chocolate with a rich and dusty finish.
Lamb Liver Stew and Greens, with Lemon and Egg (Greek origin)
Pair with Château des Roques Vacqueyras (Southern Rhône, France)
Spice and fully concentrated with summer day warm black fruits. Enjoy its lingering long finish.
Ham with Madeira and Brown Sugar
We suggest: Reininger Winery Cabernet Sauvignon (Walla Walla Valley, WA)
Black cherry, black currant, black raspberries, figs, plum, a suggestion of rose buds and baking spice with notes of herb, loamy minerals, and graphite.
Cheese, butter, eggs were not daily commodities back in the day! That with Hot Cross Buns! (English origin)
Definitely: Cave de Bissey Crémant du Bourgogne (Burgundy, France)
Ripe green apple, peach, apricot and quince with white floral aromatics and lingering toasted bread and delicate bubbles on the finish.
On the sweeter side…
Mazurek – an almond paste and dried fruit pastry. (Polish origin)
Enjoy with: Bodegas Maset NV (nu) Cava Reserva Spain
Vivacious with warm ripe apples, subtle earth under tones delightful bubbles and a dry finish.
Colomba Pasquale- candied orange peel and almond shaped into a dove -- “Easter Dove Cake” (Italian origin)
Yes, pink bubbly from Italy: La Farra NV Sparkling Rosé (Veneto, Italy)
Red currants, peaches with a soft and well-structured body. Sensational with dry finish.
Mämmi- rye and molasses porridge (Finish origin)
Milk! Buy local.
Simnel cake- orange, cherry, marzipan and Cointrea (orange liqueur) cake (England origin)
Enjoy with something new: Vincho Vaglio Serra Nivasco Brachetto (Piedmont, Italy)
Floral notes of roses, violets and orchids with fruit components of a compote of strawberries, black cherries and raspberries, this fragrant and sweet red wine awakens the senses. Served chilled.
Enjoy & cheers!
Sommelier & Food+Wine Writer
|Chef Tracey Stoner Crannell
Chef Tracey trained at the Baltimore International Culinary College and has been chef at restaurants from Captiva Island, Florida, to Nashville to Seattle. But the bigger the kitchen, the further removed the chef gets from actually preparing the food that you eat. When she joined the Portalis Wine Bar team in September 2007, she returned to her basic love of cooking in what her chef husband calls her “dollhouse” kitchen. There she took on the task of expanding our menu so that our customers would view us as a place to eat dinner while drinking their delicious glass of wine instead of just a place to have a snack. She has exceeded our expectations … and we think our customers’ as well.
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