Easter is right around the corner, but you still have plenty of time to find the perfect wine combinations for your holiday meal. With thousands of wine choices to choose from, finding that perfect pairing can be difficult! Fortunately, creating a friendly and delicious wine menu to pair with your celebration can be made easier when enlisting the help of others. Spring into the season with these foolproof menu options:
Whether you choose a traditional Easter ham or go with chicken or lamb, you are covered:
- Most people believe tradition states dinner wines must be dry. However, the combination of salty, smoky, and sweet flavors in an Easter ham diminishes the tastes of dry wines. Instead, look towards German wines such as Riesling and Gewürztraminer. Choose an off-dry version, and the delicately sweet flavors with underlying acidity will cut through the richness of the ham.
- If you decide to roast chicken this holiday, nothing pairs better than Chardonnay. Chardonnay offers a perfect balance of crisp freshness with toasty notes. Try either unoaked or oaked for two diverse tasting experiences.
- For the red enthusiasts, no Easter dish compares to lamb. Lamb is strong in flavor which can support full-bodied, tannic red wines such as a Cabernet Sauvignon. Enjoy your lamb roasted or grilled with a glass of Cab Sauv and even a chilly Spring day will be a bit warmer!
Salads can be as diverse as wines. Keep it simple. Opt for mixed greens with Balsamic vinaigrette, and you will be pleasantly surprised with a pairing of Merlot. The rich oak flavors found in Merlot combined with highly acidic Balsamic create an amazingly full profile that is sure to please everyone.
When it comes to side dishes, there is quite the spectrum of delightful wines to savor. With a potato side, you should be tempted by a dry rosé wine. Having a pasta dish? You can never go wrong with bubbly, which is always festive. Bubbly also enhances cheese dishes! Traminette or another semi-sweet white wine pairs well with slaws. However, if you are not wanting too many drink options on the table, it is always a good rule of thumb to pair the same “meat wine” with its side dishes.
For the grand finale, let’s talk dessert. Though a sweet bubbly always pairs well with dessert, there are wines called “dessert wines” for a reason. A late harvest or icewine will truly wow your guests! Wines with citrus hints or exotic flavors will create a richness on the palate to both lift and support any dessert of your choosing.
Happy Easter to you and yours! He is risen!