Everyone came over on Easter for dinner at our house, and we also celebrated four birthdays for the month as well. The menu ended up being a roast leg of lamb and turkey with all of the assorted sides that should go with the meal. We had a few less people than ordinary because of assorted and varied reasons, but we still had a fine crowd. Our one son and his family stopped by early as they were traveling to the West coast for a vacation and to visit and I am sure that they are having a fine time on their adventure. My Bride had everything under control and it was rather calm in the kitchen, as she was prepared; she even had time to drive our son’s family to the airport, while I stayed to man the house for any early guests and we had two arrive just after they left.
We opened a couple of white wines for the appetizers and for the pre-dinner crowd. The first bottle we opened was a wine that my Bride wanted to try. She had bought a bottle of Apothic White 2011 from Apothic Wines, as she liked the Apothic Red wines that she has had. This wine is just listed as a California wine and there must be two versions of the wine, as I went to their website and they show Apothic White NV which is a blend of Chardonnay, Riesling and Pinot Grigio, while the bottle we served the Apothic White 2011 was a blend of Chardonnay, Riesling and Moscato. The wine we poured was decidedly sweeter than we usually drink, but it was a hit with the crowd that mentions that some of our wines are too dry.
The second bottle of white that we opened was Pessagno Chardonnay Sleepy Hollow Vineyard 2010 from the Santa Lucia Highlands. Pessagno Winery is one of a group of wineries that have fruit coming from the famed Sleepy Hollow Vineyard, as I have had wine from other wineries that get fruit harvested from there as well. The wine was much crisper and reminded me of a Chardonnay from Burgundy, rather than a Chardonnay from California, so there was a lot of nuance and quality and it was very fresh for a 2010 vintage. We just continued drinking this wine through dinner, rather than open a bottle of red wine, as it happened that only my Bride and I were drinking wine that day. It was not my first choice with the lamb, but it worked with the turkey and it was enjoyable enough that it was a fine wine to end the day.