two major holidays are right around the corner. monday at sunday, jews will mark the start of
the next sunday.
whether you’re hosting dinner or sunday brunch, we want you to have delicious wines to pair with your feast. editor for ”
” magazine, ray isle.
hello to you. i’m glad to be back.
we’re glad you’re back. starting with
the first couple are
wines. the first one, sparkling for
has always been a problem. you’ve seen the
you see everywhere. they finally released a
. it’s affordable, about $15. crisp, very champagnelike. you know, beautiful kind of acidy fruit.
hoda will be the judge of that.
i like that.
that’s pretty tasty.
it’s got a little bit of sweetness.
i like that.
and then we get to
they’re making some lovely wines now.
this is the fusion. it’s merlo plus cabernet. again, about $15, very affordable. you know, not — you know, people associate with
the big sweet reds.
this is a real wine. this is a really — you know, delicious.
i like that.
that’s not my favorite.
too sweet ?
too acidic for you?
this is your thing, i think.
well, not really, but i can’t talk about it.
this is kind of cool. this is called the tribe. it is a california chardonnay from lodi made by
who’s making some terrific napa cabernets that are kosher.
this is kosher, too.
kosher for passover
. it’s a bit of a splurge, $30. those are 15 and 15. affordable enough.
there’s a range.
always with wines, if you go to the
and ask for a case, 12 bottles, you tend to get a discount which cuts the price down. for big entertaining holidays, that’s a great tip. easter to me is reverse and spring and rose. that’s where i go, you no he, know, to start with.
that doesn’t even look like the color of rose.
it’s a big, juicy rose with a lot of kind of bright cherry fruit to it. again, this is about 13 bucks. just a lovely, juicy line that i think is wonderful. you guys are skeptical about it.
how does this compare to a regular, a rose that we’re used to?
that’s going to be a little richer, a little darker, sort of sweeter twut. rose fruit. it’s typically provence.
what would you serve that with?
with hors d’oeuvres. that’s the start of the meal kind of thing. and also, because it’s suddenly nice weather. you could drink it outside on the porch.
how much did you say?
and that is about $13. and then barbara, a california version of an
variety. easter is always ham or lamb basically, one of of the two. you want a wine that’s not too tannic but has some oomph to it. that’s affordable so you can serve it to a lot of people. $10, $12. and to me, i mean, it’s a little acidic without food. acidity in wine, you need that food to counteract the acidity.
i just used my imagination and just had a
. is this a port?
10-year-old tawny port. a splurge for dessert. it’s $36, but you can find it for less than $30.
you don’t drink a lot.
take a sip and it’s great with
, which is key for easter.
thanks so much, ray. great