Leave the chaotic hunts to the kids. We’ve made an Easter food/wine pairing guide to make things as easy as hiding a hot pink egg on a white carpet. No guesswork, no struggle, no debates. Unless you want to get into which color of Peeps is the best (blue, obviously).
One a Penny, Two a Penny: Hot Cross Buns
A delicious, traditional Easter dish. Sweet bread, with raisins or currants, deserving of a decadent, toasty Champagne or Crémant. Or try a tawny port!
The Sweet Meats: A Honey Ham Adventure
With something as savory and sweet as yummy, honey-baked (or glazed) ham, you are definitely going to want a wine that has nice acidity and a burst of bold fruit flavors. We suggest a jammy Zinfandel, soft Merlot, or a rich Riesling. OR a big, fruity rosé!! Rosé + ham = NO BRAINER.
The Juicy Meats: Roasted Lamb/Duck/Beef
If ham isn’t on your menu, other roast meats are great alternatives, particularly lamb. Juicy and hearty, the best wine pairings should be super dry and have nice structure. Tempranillos from Rioja, Sangiovese from Chianti Classico and Bordeaux blends will delight everyone at the table.
Eat Your Greens: The Asparagus + Green Bean Love/Hate Story
These two culprits are famously difficult to pair. However, we find that white wines with heavy notes of citrus and minerals shake hands nicely with our green friends. Try a Sancerre or Pouilly Fume (Sauvignon Blanc) from France or Grüner Veltliner from Austria.
The Creamier Dishes: Deviled Eggs/Potatoes Au Gratin
Creamy dishes are awesome when paired with a dry bubbly to cut the richness (and ward off a stomachache!). We love Prosecco for its delicate, soft bubbles, Cava for its zestiness, and Champagne for its toasty, bold character. If bubbles aren’t your style, a dry or off-dry Riesling/Gewürztraminer pairs well (with the eggs in particular). Or if you feel like pairing rich with rich, go cray-cray for a buttery Chardonnay-nay!
Remember, the only wrong answer is to not eat great food and drink great wine with your family and friends. If you are having a great time, you are doing it right. So enjoy celebrating, and have a beautiful and love-filled holiday! CHEERS.