Whether you celebrate Easter or not, it's a great day for feasting. Easter's usual menu items are ham and lamb, rich and savory meats that need aromatic, medium-bodied wines. Ham is easy -- look for a rosé or kick it up a notch with a Gruner Veltliner. That's a crazy grape from Austria. The 2012 Zocker from California's Paragon Vineyard is killer. It's sort of like a riesling-meets-sauvignon blanc, simply fresh and zesty. Lamb is totally owned by pinot noir but, of course, I would pour a tempranillo from Spain. The 2011 LZ Vinedos de Lanziego is fragrant with black cherry. It is bright and tender in the mouth, with black fruit and spice. Serve one or both and don't forget to start with Champagne! Costs under $20.
-- Michael McVittie reviews wines available locally