I have written this wine blog in tribute to our treasured founder Ian Mitchell. Ian, an extraordinary host and caterer, believed firmly in the mantra that “the show must go on.” He wrote our wine blog for many years. He wasn’t a wine snob; instead, he celebrated the excellence and value found in everyday supermarket wines.  Ian’s passing leaves a profound void, but in his spirit, we will continue to share his passion for good food, good wine, and good company.

As Easter approaches, many of us are planning festive gatherings with family and friends. Whether you’re hosting a brunch, a dinner, or simply enjoying the holiday weekend, having the perfect wine on hand makes a good time in to a great time. Here are some of my recommendations available from the supermarket.

1. Sparkling

Ian would say no celebration is complete without some bubbles, and Easter is no exception. Look for a crisp and refreshing sparkling wine like DOCG Prosecco or perhaps a delicious English Sparkling wine. These options below suit all budgets – they’re versatile, pairing well with everything from appetisers to pudding:

Valdo Oro Puro Prosecco Superiore Valdobbiadene DOCG @ £13.99 – Waitrose
Camel Valley Pinot Noir Rosé Brut Cornwall, England @ £35.99 – Waitrose

2. Chardonnay

If you’re planning a traditional Easter ham or roast chicken, a buttery Chardonnay is a top choice. Look for cool climate examples which will deliver those delicious flavours of ripe apple, pear, and citrus – a classic pairing that will please plenty of palates. Try these two crackers:
Tesco Finest Western Australia Chardonnay @ £9.00 – Tesco
Esprit to Chablis Premier Cru @ £27.99 – Waitrose

3. Pinot Noir

If lamb is on the menu, consider reaching for a Pinot Noir. This light to medium-bodied red wine screams cherry, cranberry, and earthy notes that complement the richness and sweetness of the meat. Plus, its soft tannins make it a crowd-pleaser among red wine enthusiasts. Here’s an excellent and great value example from Germany as well as a Rolls Royce example of really good Burgundy:
Johannn Wolf Pinot Noir, Germany @ £8.75 – Waitrose
Lucien Muzard et Fils Santenay, Premier Cru Burgundy, France @£33.99 -Waitrose 

4. Rosé

As the weather warms up, a refreshing glass of rosé is the perfect sipper for Easter gatherings. Opt for a pale, dry rosé with vibrant acidity and notes of strawberries, citrus, and floral aromas. It’s a versatile option that pairs well with a variety of dishes, from salads to seafood. Here are great value Rosés from Tesco’s as well as Whispering Angel.
Tesco Finest Provence Rosé @ £10.00 – Tesco
Whispering Angel Cotes de Provence Rosé @ £19.00 – Sainsburys

5. Riesling

For those who prefer something a bit sweeter, a chilled Riesling is perfect. Its bright acidity and fruity sweetness make it a fantastic pairing for glazed ham or spicy dishes. Head for the Mosel in Germany or New Zealand for flavours of peach, apricot, and a hint of honey for a decadent Easter treat.
Tesco Finest Mosel Steep Slopes Riesling 75Cl @ £7.25 – Tesco
Villa Maria Private Bin Riesling Marlborough, New Zealand @ £10.99 – Waitrose

6. Cabernet Sauvignon

If you’re serving up hearty dishes like roast beef or grilled lamb, or you just like a really full bodied, pleasing glass of red, a bold Cabernet Sauvignon is the perfect match. With its rich flavours of blackberry, plum, and vanilla, it’s a real crowd pleaser. Here are two “stunning’ examples …
Tesco Finest Coonawarra Cabernet @ £10.00 – Tesco
Château Cantemerle L’Orangerie de Cantemerle  @ £19.00 – Sainsburys

To conclude on a fitting note, let’s raise our glasses to Ian Mitchell, whose spirit of generosity and warmth will forever inspire us. As we gather around the table this Easter, let’s toast special people, cherished memories and the legacy Ian leaves behind. Here’s to a “stunning” glass of wine, good food, and the enduring bonds of the #bmfamily. Wishing you all a joyful and meaningful Easter celebration. Cheers to Ian, and cheers to life.

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