Have you given halfhearted instructions to your family that you’re too old for Easter eggs now…. and sort of on a diet anyway…. but know you’re going to feel forlorn when the mini-eggs are passed around to everyone but you?! Well worry not, there are still plenty of ways to get your sugar fix and Easter treat. Here are three suggestions:
Veuve Clicquot Demi-Sec Champagne, £41.80 from Hedonism Wines
The Champenoise are often bashing on about drinking Champagne with food so that we have more occasions to pour a bottle other than as an aperitif. I rarely see the relevance with the exception of this one which is without doubt made to be served with pudding. It’s much sweeter than I had expected, quite raisiny and creamy, why not replace tea and cake with a bottle and serve with cake? I tried mine with some Madeleine’s. Not bad at all.
Harvey Nichols Sauternes 2010, Bordeaux, France, £15.00 (375ml) from Harvey Nichols
This is honey in a glass. It looks like honey too: deep golden in colour, richly sweet and velvet’ily (is that a word?) textured. Made by a serious Château to impress the family this Easter too: Château Coutet was donned the title of First Growth way back in the great 1855 classification system. It’s made of Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle. Forget Easter Eggs, this is a far classier sort of Easter Sweet.
Allan Scott Riesling 2013, Marlborough, NZ, £10.99 from Fine Wines Direct
This one is medium dry and tastes like a glass of elderflower cordial. Which means it’s dangerously moreish, refreshing and hard to dislike. Goes well with creamy fish cakes and summer fruit salad.