Easter roll parade delivers some fine wines

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A fanfare of food and fun for all the family, the Easter parade is a roll call for striking wines to accompany this seasonal palate.

Good Friday traditionally calls for a fish supper and a glass of bubbly is a fitting start to the weekend’s roster of irresistible indulgence.

Champagne Pierre Darcys NV Blanc de Noirs, France (£17 from £25.97, until April 11, Asda) impressed the judges enough at the International Wine Challenge to be awarded a silver medal for the toasty blend of black grapes which gives the wine enough strength and body to sip it with richer seafood dishes such as sea bass and creamy fish pie.

For a star match with plain fish and shellfish, opt for a lighter white.

A French favourite when dining alfresco, picpoul is native to the Languedoc and may even channel some Mediterranean warmth to the table. Try Finest Picpoul de Pinet 2011, France (£6 from £7.49, from March 27 to April 23, Tesco) which is fresh, bright and dry with good acidity.

For a stand-alone wine to take you from seafood starters to the main event, viognier is a terrific choice that bridges the boundaries between chardonnay and sauvignon blanc. Well rounded and creamy with a deliciously fragrant nose and crisp acidity, Mas La Chevaliere Viognier 2011, France (£8.39, www.thedrinkshop.com) is nicely exotic without being over the top.