Easter lunch is one of our favorite celebrations of the year, and it shares a menu with lots of other holidays. With a rich history of culinary traditions, Easter and other major holidays give cooks and wine enthusiasts plenty of material to work with while offering room to put a creative spin on classic dishes.
One of the simplest ways to make your holiday celebrations extra special is to serve thoughtfully paired wines with each course. Below, our wine experts have compiled a list of classic dishes with a wine suggestion that perfectly complements your meal. Keep reading to learn more, and maybe you’ll find your next favorite bottle!
Riesling with Glazed Ham
A glazed ham is quintessential Easter and holiday fare. Done right, a glazed ham is tender, rich, and delicately fruity. One way to make ham really shine is to pair it with the right wine. We like Chateau Grand Traverse’s Riesling; it’s semi-dry, so it complements the fruitiness in the glaze without being too sweet. Plus, it’s a Michigan wine!
Albarino with Spring Salad
Most salads have vinegar-based dressings, and while delicious, they can make it difficult to pair with wine. A good rule to remember is to pair acid with acid. An acidic wine will complement and enhance the salad dressing without getting lost or drowned out. Martin Codax Albarino is a light, easy-to-drink white wine that’s perfect with your feast’s spring salad.
Cabernet Sauvignon with Spring Redskin Potatoes
One of our favorite Easter sides is a simple dish of roasted redskin potatoes with butter and fresh herbs like chives and parsley. The ideal wine pairing should be easy to drink, taste a little tannic, and have berry flavors to complement the herbs. A variety of red wines will be just wonderful with your potatoes, but we enjoy cabernet sauvignon the most. An exceptional bargain is Columbia Crest’s Cabernet Sauvignon. The depth of black fruit flavor is made for fresh herbs and is perfect for sipping throughout the meal as well.
Pinot Noir with Roasted Leg of Lamb
Despite a more modest fanbase in the United States, lamb is a traditional main course for Easter and other holidays across many cultures. Serving roasted lamb with root vegetables and mint sauce makes for a warm, comforting main dish. Finding a wine pairing that accentuates the complex lamb flavor will take your dinner to the next level. Pino noir is ideal alongside a flavorful leg of lamb; it’s fruity, earthy, and acidic — all things that make the distinct lamb flavor shine. If you want to pull out all the stops, we recommend investing in a velvety pinot noir like Meiomi.
Sauvignon Blanc with Lemony Asparagus
Asparagus might be the most polarizing vegetable, but we think it’s perfect grilled and drizzled with lemon juice, olive oil, and grated parmesan. If you’re indulging in fresh asparagus at your meal, be sure to avoid overly tannic or heavily oaked wines; they will exaggerate asparagus’ more intense, grassy flavors. Instead, choose a sauvignon blanc like the Starborough Sauvignon Blanc that works with the lemon and complements the unique flavor of the asparagus.
Hard Cider with Carrot Cake
There’s nothing we love more than a rich, moist carrot cake to finish off a delicious Easter or holiday meal. A dessert with complex textures and flavors, carrot cake is easy to make. (It’s also a great excuse to make cream cheese frosting!) We like a dry cider or apple wine to balance the sweetness of the cake. Angry Orchard’s Stone Dry Cider is a nice option.
On Sale this Week
Take your holiday meal up a notch by serving one of our favorite varietals — prosecco. We recommend La Marca Prosecco. It’s clean with flavors of citrus fruit, apple, and floral notes. This versatile option is a natural friend to ham and pairs well with just about everything else on your menu. La Marca Prosecco is on sale this week in our stores, so stop in, grab a bottle or two, and get ready to celebrate with your loved ones in style.