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The best wines to enjoy with a holiday baked ham

As snow melts and daffodils begin to sprout in my yard, I contemplate Easter meals and blooming flowers.

When it comes to wine, there is nothing more symbolic of spring than an aromatic Gewürztraminer [geh-VURTZ-tra-meen-er] or the closely related Traminette [trah-mn-ett].

Either white wine is an excellent pairing with a holiday baked ham. The high natural sugars in the grape give sweetness to the wine that offsets spices in the ham that may include clove, garlic, anise, fennel or cinnamon. I recommend smelling the wine when first opened.

1. Pour off a partial glass and tip it slightly forward towards your face.

2. Stick your nose all the way into the glass with eyes closed.

3. Take a deep breathe in through your nose.

4. Think about what scents you’re picking up. Bottom line: there is no wrong answer. (Remember, smell is all about previous experience and memory recall. Individual perceptions can be varied.)

Now place the glass on a hard, flat surface and swirl the wine vigorously for at least 10 seconds. Repeat steps 2 through 4.

White Pine and Domaine Berrien in Michigan or Fruit Hills and Satek in Indiana would be on my list.


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