Italian Easter celebrations usually include roasted lamb. This rich and earthy meat is excellent for any spring meal. Pair it with Brunello di Montalcino, a delightful red wine that pairs well with red meat. It has a complex flavor, often with notes of leather, brick, and cherry. Select a bottle with a strong cherry or blackberry flavor to accentuate the lamb.
Porcini mushrooms are known for their intense woody taste and nutty undertones. They are particularly nice in a risotto dish. Try a porcini risotto with a Chianti Classico. Chianti accentuates the porcini's earthy and nutty undertones, while the mushrooms balance the Chianti for a smooth finish.
Asparagus is one of the most recognizable spring vegetables. It has a bright, earthy flavor, so the best wines to accompany it are equally bright whites. Try blanched or grilled asparagus with a crisp Sauvignon Blanc. The citrus and green apple in Sauvignon Blanc complements asparagus perfectly.
Fava beans are another popular early spring vegetable and mixing them with pecorino cheese creates a classic Italian dish that is fresh and flavorful. The dish pairs well with a dry Vermentino. The Vermentino’s bright acidity will bring out the flavors in the fava beans and the pecorino.
Black cherries are an absolute symphony of flavors--tart and sweet. That’s why they pair so well with chocolate, which is equally complex. Black cherry & chocolate pairs well with a glass of Vinsanto for this same reason. Vinsanto, a full-bodied dessert wine, accentuates the flavors in black cherry & chocolate, adding rich notes of hazelnut, caramel and honey to an already bold pairing.