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Around the world with wines for Easter

Friday - 4/22/2011, 6:02pm  ET

If you're planning on serving ham for Easter dinner, then try the 2008 Takutai Pinot Noir from the Nelson region of New Zealand. This pinot is not too brooding but it has an intense nose showing an attractive bright berry fruit profile. A deeply impressive Pinot Noir that gets it just right. Excellent. $15

Easter ham can be rich and salty, so I think a nice, delicately sweet Riesling with enough underlying acidity will cut through the richness of the ham like a knife while providing a nice counterpoint to the saltiness. My recommendation is the Poet's Leap Riesling from the Columbia Valley in Washington State. $19

If your plans call for a turkey dinner this Easter, serve something a little different - Grüner Veltliner. The 2008 Laurenz V. Charming Gruner Veltliner from Kamptal Austrian has aromas of ripe apples and a typical Veltliner spiciness that combines to create a charming fruit bouquet. $25

And if leg of lamb is on the menu, then Chateauneuf du Pape is the way to go. The 2004 Feraud Chateauneuf du Pape from the southern Rhone Valley of France is rich, full and spicy, with peppery notes of black cherries, dried herbs and tobacco. It has excellent balance and is ready to enjoy now. $30