For a lively appetiser to keep things humming along nicely before a traditional Good Friday fish supper, try a crisp sauvignon blanc
One such as a Yalumba Circles Sauvignon Blanc 2011, South Australia (£6.25, www.thewinesociety.com) will complement a tray of canapes or a snack bowl of nuts and olives.
Zesty and lemony fresh with hints of gooseberry and grapefruit, it’s a pleasing serve when the in-laws come to stay.
For the main event, a rose champagne from France’s favourite champagne house, Nicolas Feuillatte, is a decadent match with tender rack of lamb. Try Nicolas Feuillatte Cuvee 225 Rose 2004 (£40, John Lewis nationwide).
An intense copper pink with heavenly scents of wild strawberries and redcurrants, it’s a complex blend of 25 different crus and 45 per cent chardonnay, 55 per cent pinot noir, of which 18 per cent is red wine from pinot noir.
If you’re partial to a rich, rustic lamb shank with a red wine jus, try Finest Touriga Nacional 2010, Portugal (£7.79, Tesco).
This smooth, easy-drinking variety has a subtle sweetness with hints of redcurrants to complement the spices.