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.
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
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.