Thanks Easter Bunny!


For some of us, there is only one choice for Easter dinner, and that choice is HAM, but wine pairing is difficult. So here are some classic choices to make it  easier for you.


Pork craves wine, almost any wine. Take your pick. But the sweet glazes narrows the choices to white wines with good acidity and perhaps a touch of sweetness. A dry Vouvray, zesty with a honeyed edge, would be a delight. Even better would be a demi-sec Vouvray, slightly sweet but balanced enough to refresh. Spätlese riesling from Germany would also be good. 

(Even better would be a richer auslese riesling...)

Of course, you can expand the possibilities with a diversity of dry reds, like cru Beaujolais, reds from Mount Etna in Sicily and lighter-bodied Oregon pinot noirs. 

Well, what should we taste...

Free Tasting!
Riesling Challenge!
Germany vs. USA
Friday, April 18th
5-8 pm
Knapp  2012
100% Riesling
Finger Lakes, NY, USA

Julius Treis 2012
100% Riesling
Mosel, Germany

both available
Smith & Vine
Move over Peeps..
Put some wine in that basket!

From the point of view of religion, this is wine drinking's annual high-water mark. Passover isn't Pesach without the mandated four cups of wine during the Seder and then more afterward to wash down the brisket.  Easter isn't Easter without the classic dinner of lamb or ham, and if you were so bold as to give up WINE for lent, then you are ready for some mighty fine wine to have with dinner.
We will be tasting great pairing options for you all week in preparation for the feast, and feel free to ask our awesome staff for recommendations and pairing advice.

We love all our peeps at Smith & Vine!
No, seriously,
WE DO!!!! 
Free Tasting!
Rhone Reds for Lamb
Saturday, April 19th

Eric Texier 2012
100% Syrah
Rhone Valley, France

Domaine La Manarine 2012
100% Grenache
Rhone Valley, France

Both available
Smith& Vine
Cocktail of the Week 
The island of Corsica went back and forth between French and Italian rule so many times that the natives consider themselves first and foremost uniquely Mediterranean and independent. Similarly this drink combines a French apéritif, Lillet Blanc, with an Italian digestivo, limoncello, for a multicultural Mediterranean cocktail. Topping it off with elderflower syrup and a little club soda makes this a lightly floral and citrusy drink that's refreshing, yet deceptively potent.
 A perfect Easter treat for the family, so dust off the punch bowl! 
This recipe serves 6


The Corsican 
13 ounces Lillet Blanc, chilled
7 ounces Caprinatura Limoncello, chilled
3 1/2 ounces elderflower syrup
(Available at STINKY BKLYN!!) 
1 3/4 ounces freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 (10-ounce) bottle club soda, chilled
6 lemon twists
Combine the Lillet, limoncello, elderflower syrup, and lemon juice in a large measuring cup or medium bowl. Using a funnel, transfer to a 3-cup-capacity bottle (or 750-milliliter bottle) with a tightfitting lid and refrigerate for up to 8 hours.
When ready to serve, pour about 4 ounces of the mixture into a chilled cocktail glass and top with about 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 ounces of the club soda. Garnish with a lemon twist, if desired, and serve. (Alternatively, you can combine all of the ingredients except the lemon twists in a 5-cup punch bowl and serve immediately.)
Lillet Blanc and Caprinatura Limoncello

 available now at

Smith & Vine



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