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Dear Bacchus, March 28, 2013

Saturday's wine picks offers great wines for Easter, Passover and spring generally. I'll also be chatting about these on CTV News today, and will post about that later.

You can also shop from my new weekly feature with wines on sale.

Also for Easter and beyond, tips on pairing wine and artisanal chocolate from chocolate sommelier Roxanne Browning in my column for Homefront Magazine.

Looking forward to fresh spring veggies, such as asparagus and snap peas? Here are tips in this video chat on pairing wine with vegetarian dishes with Zen Kitchen restaurant owner and Algonguin sommelier instructor Dave Loan.

News update: Algonquin graduate and Canada's Best Sommelier Veronique Rivest has just moved to the finalist round in the World's Best Sommelier competition in Japan. Join her for an exclusive, guided wine tasting dinner in Ottawa April 10.

Have a great weekend!

Wines of the Week
Here are all my picks for Best Value and Top Rated red, white, sparkling, rose and dessert wines. More »

Wine Pairing of the Week
This recipe for Grilled Butterflied Leg of Lamb with Lemon Herbs comes from Mary Schlueter, the chef and innkeeper for Amber House Bed & Breakfast in the village of Rocheport, Missouri. Pair it with a robust cabernet, shiraz or malbec. Here's the recipe ... More »

Wine Tip of the Week
Darlene Myers' enthusiasm for wine shows in all of her reviews. I love the way she often adds which food pairings work well with the wines she tastes as well as where she was or what she was doing when she tasted them.

Pour yourself a glass of robust cabernet sauvignon  and sip along with me in the tasting video below: this is one of the best wines to match with spring lamb or a juicy steak.

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