Happy Easter!

19 Apr

Best time of year for a sports fan. March Madness bleeds into the opening of the major league baseball season. Then it’s Keeneland Racetrack in Lexington Kentucky for their spring meet, The Masters, the seemingly never-ending NBA and NHL playoffs,  and on Monday the Boston Marathon. You  can read below on my experience at last year’s marathon. Expecting a better day for all this year.

 

The Boston Marathon is truly one of America’s great sporting events. It is beyond description so it is best to just go and experience the weekend. The race is held on the third Monday in April. It is Patriots’ Day in Massachusetts and is a state holiday. For Revolutionary War buffs there is plenty of activity in Lexington and Concord beginning in the wee hours of the morning and concluding with the reenactment of the Shot Heard Round the World at daybreak. Then it’s pancakes for everyone.

 

History nuts and sports fans alike should be thankful for this time of year.

 

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With Easter approaching Colonial Liquor offers the following wine options for those having an Easter ham.

Ham is a very versatile meat that can pair with white and red wines. Ham has delicate flavors and is almost always salty. The best wines to pair with ham are light, very fruity, and, if it’s a red, low in tannins. Some excellent matches for ham are:

Riesling is generally a fruity wine with good acidity that can help cut through some of the richness of the ham. We suggest Heron Hill’s Semi-Dry (New York, $13.99) and Chateau St. Michelle (Washington, $9.99).

Gewurztraminer will stand alone in its’ ability to pair with moderately spicy foods.  Gewurztraminer even crosses the color barrier, matching well with a fairly wide range of smoked and spicy red meats. We offer Heron Hill’s Reserve (New York, $17.99) and Fetzer (California, $9.49).

Sauvignon Blanc is a green-skinned grape variety which originates from the Bordeaux region of France. It is now planted in many of the world’s wine regions producing a crisp, dry, and refreshing white wine. Experts have used the phrase “crisp, elegant, and fresh” as a favorable description of Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand. Sauvignon Blanc, when slightly chilled, pairs well with ham. We have several from New Zealand including Kim Crawford ($16.99) and Monkey Bay ($9.99).

Pinot Noir: When pairing with ham look for the lighter versions with vibrant fruit flavors and a touch of spice. We suggest Elk Cove (Oregon, $29.99), Mark West (California, $11.99), Smoking Loon (California, $8.99) and Turning Leaf (California, $8.99).

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