For many it’s all about biting the heads off chocolate rabbits. But others still consider Easter a time to reflect on the miracle of resurrection. Here are some TGIGF resurrection selections, though none are particularly compatible with chocolate.
WHAT: Chakana Malbec 2005 (red) Rating: NNN
WHERE: Mendoza, Argentina
WHY: French Malbec was on the downward slope consumption-wise until it migrated to Argentina and was reborn in a riper style. Jammy, balanced and clean-finishing, this one's a good introduction to the new ascensional Malbec. And the chakana cross is an ancient Andean religious symbol. How seasonal!
PRICE: 750 ml/$11.95
AVAILABILITY: At selected Vintages outlets (product #3509)
WHAT: Ascheri Barolo Vigna dei Pola 2001 (red) Rating: NNNN
WHERE: Piedmont, Italy
WHY: Traditionally, Barolo requires lengthy aging to gain transcendence. Newer, less tannic styles like Ascheri's make things more approachable. But don't expect anything floppy. Focus, restraint and good zing will stir the palate. Drink now or age it and allow it to arise transformed.
PRICE: 750 ml/$39.95
AVAILABILITY: At selected Vintages outlets (product #739920)
Sips and nips
WHAT: Sea Captain's Special
WHERE: Anywhere, the morning after
WHY: Some cocktails, like the Sea Captain's Special, adapted from the 1962 Esquire's Handbook For Hosts, are known for their ability to bring the dead back to life. In an old-fashioned glass combine: half a lump of sugar doused with Angostura bitters, 2 ounces of Canadian whisky. Top off with champagne, one ice cube and two dashes of Pernod.