Somehow Easter has arrived and that means lamb will make an appearance on lunch tables. Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Rioja Reserva 2008 (£7 until April 7) would work well with a roast leg of lamb. It’s mature with mellow notes of plum, red fruits, American oak spices and a little smokiness.
You could push the boat out with Château l’Hospitalet 2012 Grand Vin, Coteaux du Languedoc, Gérard Bertrand (Majestic £25 but £20 for two), a serious wine from the south of France with black fruits, exotic spices and notes of wild herbs. This could do with decanting but has wonderful depth to go with slow-roasted shoulder of lamb.
My top tipple is Moscatel de Setúbal, Adega de Pegōes. Chocolate is very difficult to match with wine. For me it has to be sweet and fortified. Port and PX sherry can work well, but if you want something different this Portuguese wine is delicious with notes of raisins, toffee and candied orange peel. Serve it lightly chilled with your Easter eggs (The Wine Society £8.50).