Ray Isle, Food & Wine's Executive Wine Editor

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Here, F&W's amazing Executive Wine Editor names his top picks for wines under $15 to celebrate Easter.

NV Sciarpa Prosecco ($12.99)
Easter dinner is usually either ham or lamb (at least here in the US), and for my part, with ham—which is salty—I think an affordable sparkling wine is a great choice. Prosecco is hugely popular these days; there are a lot of good ones out there for under $15. One example is this wine from Sciarpa, which is crisp and citrusy, and quite good for $13.

2011 Yalumba Y Series Shiraz ($11.99)
If you’re headed toward Easter lamb on your menu, go for red—particularly Syrah (or Shiraz, as the Australians call it). The gaminess of lamb and the peppery richness of Syrah were made to go with one another. Yalumba, an Australian producer that’s been making wine since 1849, makes this juicy, affordable bottling, which has lots of blackberry fruit.

NV Fonseca Fine Tawny Port ($14.99)
Given all the candy in the kids’ Easter baskets, it’s only fair that the adults get to indulge in something sweet as well. My suggestion is tawny port—it has a nutty, candied citrus character, and is ideal for sipping after a big Easter dinner. Serve it a little bit chilled.

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