Easter treats – no chocolate in sight

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Treat yourself and your guests this Easter with some gorgeous wines.

Constantia Glen Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Constantia Wine Valley, South Africa (£11.95, www.bbr.com). A top-notch savvy blanc that bridges the gap between a punchy Kiwi which leaps from the glass and a less pungent, classic style from the Loire Valley. It has subtle grapefruit and grassy aromas with mouthwatering green melon and passion fruit flavours, classic Constantia minerality, fresh acidity and none of the nasty nettles.

Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Vigna Corvino 2013, Italy (£7.50, www.thewinesociety.com). This is a wine to swoon over (especially for the price). This smooth, fruity montepulciano is a real crowd pleaser with its violet aromas and baskets of soft black cherry fruits with a veil of juicy sweetness and gentle tannins on the bright finish. A pretty expression, this would be delightful with roast lamb or pork.

Wakefield Estate Merlot 2013, Clare Valley, Australia (£12.99, Majestic). Soft, smooth and generous, this Australian merlot has sun-kissed juicy fruit to complement a glazed ham and the black cherry and blackcurrant flavours have enough sweetness to act as a foil to the saltiness of the meat. Meanwhile, vanilla, mocha and spicy notes will go down a treat with chocolate cake.

Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Chardonnay Vintage 2006, France (£32.99, Waitrose). These brilliant bubbles received a 92/100 from The Wine Spectator, and it’s a champagne with real vinosity. Expressive with aromas of freshly baked bread, a rich, fruity freshness and exotic tropical fruits on the lively finish, this could even encourage the Easter bunny to make an appearance.