Inspired to buy wine by Easter?

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If you and the family are getting together for a full roast dinner, then the best type of wine to buy really depends on what meat forms the centrepiece of your meal.

There are lots of different ways in which Easter weekend might have inspired you to buy wine - not least because many of you will have given up alcohol for Lent, and Easter marks your opportunity to enjoy a glass again for the first time in weeks.Red wine has a close connection with religious ceremonies too, of course, so if Easter is significant to you in that way, then a fine bottle of red is a worthy investment and could equally inspire you to buy wine for several weeks afterwards as well.If you and the family are getting together for a full roast dinner, then the best type of wine to buy really depends on what meat forms the centrepiece of your meal.The rule of thumb is easy to remember - light meats such as pork and chicken need a white wine, and dark meats like beef and lamb tend to go better with fuller-flavoured reds.However, it's a bit more complicated than that, and you don't want to overpower the flavour of the food, so it's often best to err on the side of caution - stick to the lighter, mass-market varieties that are designed to be crowd-pleasers, and your meal should go just fine.If you're trying something a little different, such as duck or pheasant, then remember this is likely to have a gamey taste and texture - and you might find it pairs better with a red wine, rather than buying a white as you would with chicken.You can always buy a bottle or two of each, and see which you prefer when it comes to serving the meal.Ultimately enjoying wine is all a matter of taste, so if you want a full-bodied red wine to drink while eating chicken or pork, go for it - you can always serve the food with rich gravy and redcurrant sauce to help add the extra depth of flavour it needs to compete against the wine on your palate.

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