This column's sixth annual Easter wine list is diverse and vivacious, thanks to a knowledgeable and passionate group of experts who've forwarded 24 recommendations for your holiday table. All listed wines are available locally or online.
A bottle of wine turns a simple meal into a feast, so pairing a wine's traits with ham, lamb, turkey and other traditional holiday foods is important. While red choices are traditional -- and safe -- choices for the holiday dinner, crisp white wines also go well with turkey and salty ham. My advice? Don't be shy about trying something uniquely different this year, even a dry rosé or sparkling wine. If you have any doubts, ask your local wine store manager for help.
Andrea Lewis, Wine Director
Andover Classic Wines
n Boal de Arousa Albarino, $15.99: Ripe apricot/peach fruit combined with fresh minerality and a crisp, zesty finish, a really attractive white wine.
n Les Promesses Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc, $18.99: Floral, citrus and tropical fruit aromas, with a fine, mineral finish, make this a wonderful wine for spring.
n Villa Sparina Gavi Cortese, $15.99: Bright-yellow color, delicate bouquet of dried pineapple and peach.
n Planet Oregon Pinot Noir, $22.99: This offers some wild raspberry and strawberry aromas with a very vibrant fresh palate. Baking spice mid-palate with nice acidity.
n Chateau Caserta Cru Bourgeois, 2010, $24.99: Red currant, raspberries and a touch of balsamic make this perfect with a pork roast!
n LaSpinetta di Casanova Rosé, 18.99: Intense tangerine, white peach and strawberry scents lead to juicy citrus flavors and a dry finish.
Steve Ross, Wine ConneXtion, Andover
n Dry Creek Vineyard, "Clarksburg" Dry Chenin Blanc, $10.99: Lively, creamy mouthfeel with refreshing flavors of lemon, pear, and mango.
n American Vintners, "Butter Blossom" Russian River Valley Chardonnay, $17.99: Fresh citrus, white flowers and Meyer lemon zest are balanced by elegant, round notes of toast and subtle spice.
n Rusack Vineyards, "Santa Barbara" Pinot Noir, $29.99: Packed with bright flavors of strawberries, coffee and caramel, making for a very approachable, food-friendly wine.
n Chateau Pegau, "Maclura" Cotes Du Rhone Red Blend, France, $13.99: This rich, densely layered wine is loaded with classic Cotes du Rhone red fruit and spice, the hallmark stamp of Pegau.
n Opolo Vineyards, "Summit Creek" Zinfandel, $19.99: An intense, fruit-forward Zin with fruit sourced from eight Paso Robles vineyards.
Craig Gandolf, National Wine Director
Cynthia Hurley French Wines, Needham
n Domaine de Mourchon Cotes du Rhone Villages-Seguret Rose, $21: A dry Grenache with clean, fruit brilliance.
n Kubler Pinot Blanc K Alsace, $21: Fresh and lively with lemon-scented notes.
n Jean Pierre Beaujolai Cru Morgon 2015, $22: A fruity Gamay with bright tannins.
n Chateau Vieux Poirier Bordeaux, $19: Organic Merlot that pairs well with lamb.
n La Toupie, Qua Tour, Cotes du Roussillon Villages, $27: A gorgeous Syrah-Grenache blend.
n Paul Garaudet Bourgogne Rouge 2016, $32: This Pinot Noir delivers the luxurious experience of drinking red Burgundy without mortgaging your house.
Kate Corcoran-Morgan, co-founder, Creative Palate Communications
n Famiglia Pasqua Amarone della Valpolicella, $29.99: A food-friendly Amarone with dark cherry and espresso expressions to enhance roasted lamb.
n Mouchão Red 2013, $60: A single-vineyard Portuguese wine made only in years of exceptional quality, yielding spicy, dark fruit and eucalyptus notes.
Matt Ryan of Gordon's Fine Wines in Waltham.
Gordon's Fine Wine, Waltham
n Pieropan Soave Classico, $17.99: "Swah-Vay" offers a floral nose with a hint of citrus to be the perfect aperitif or a pairing with your salad or creamy-soup entrée.
n Hartford Court Chardonnay, Russian River Valley, $29.99: Don Hartford's sun-drenched vineyards produce traits of ripe apple and pear, lemon drop candy, and classic creaminess that can keep step with any dish on the table.
n Gerard Boulay Sancerre, $29.99: Gerard Boulay is the king of Sauvignon Blanc! Framed by citrus and minerals, this crisp white will be a hit throughout the entire meal.
n Selvapiana Chianti Classico, $17.99: On the lighter side of Chianti, Selvapiana's Sangiovese offers classic notes of sour cherry and cedar rounded out by lots of blackberry and red plum.
n Jean-Louis Chave, St. Joseph "Offerus," $29.99: Syrah from this part of the world is my go-to favorite pairing for almost any lamb dish. The savory nature of both meat and grape are a match made in heaven.