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Lighten up your wine offerings for Easter

The Easter food circulars are out. The pressure to start planning meals and do all the foraging is on high.

Might as well start thinking about buying wine now.

Karen Bloomer, division wine steward at area Kroger stores, has her staffs around the Metro area well-supplied with roses, sparkling wines, Vouvrays and lighter-style reds.

“Sparkling sales are always up for Easter,” Bloomer says. “People like to offer a cocktail like a Mimosa or Bellini. Mionetto Prosecco ($11.99) is perfect. Vouvrays from France like B&G (down to $9.49) have a nice touch of sweetness for ham. People usually don’t highly season roast lamb, so lighter-style reds like Beaujolais are perfect.”

New on Kroger shelves is the Apothic White, on sale for $9.99, a blend of Chardonnay, Riesling and Moscato, with a touch of sweetness. Some of the hot sale prices are Chateau Ste. Michele Riesling, down to $9.99; Bear Boat Russian River Pinot Noir, cut to $18.99; and Hogue Gewurztraminer, $9.99.

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Kobrand Corp. in New York is a distinguished purveyor of fine wines from around the world — think Taittinger, Domaine Carneros, Sequoia Grove, Louis Jadot and dozens more, all available on Metro Detroit wine shelves. The Kobrand name is your guarantee of quality.

Here are four that won’t break the bank. Prices are suggested retail; you may find them on sale. Most are available at Meijer, Kroger, Whole Foods, Hiller’s, Busch’s, Plum, Hollywood, Market Square, Nino Salvaggio, and Westborn.

Poema Cava Brut Nonvintage, $13: Cava is Spain’s heralded sparkling wine — affordable and approachable. This one dazzles with its crisp, dry palate — it’s lean and minerally, packed with Granny Smith apples and toasted bread notes. It’s produced the French way — fermented a second time in the bottle. The package is stunning and the name is Spanish for “poem.”

St. Francis Sonoma County Chardonnay 2010, $14: This Chard has a wonderful honeyed, hazelnut character to add to the green apple, pear and tangerine flavors. It’s a feminine wine, graceful, with depth of flavor and complexity thanks to the grapes, the malolactic fermentation and mix of French and American oak barrels.

Caposaldo Moscato Italy 2010, $11: Moscato, the sweet white wine usually associated with italy, is a hot seller, and if you haven’t tried this one yet, you’re in for a treat. It’s direct from northern Italy’s Lombardy region. It’s slightly bubbly, and flavors pop. It’s jam-packed with ripe peaches, lifted up with the acidity and lush fruit of tangerine and apricot with a squeeze of lime. Alcohol is a gentle 7 percent. Pour it and bask in praise from your guests.

Louis Jadot Beaujolais-Villages 2010, $14: The reputable French house Maison Louis Jadot with its iconic label delivers up a Beaujolais-Villages with 15 percent Crus Beaujolais, the highest quality wine in the region, blended in. Beaujolais is lighter in style and perfect for pleasing all your guests plus courting the roast leg of lamb. This one hasĀ  nice deep plum, blackberry, strawberry and spice notes.