Wines That Pair Best With Easter Dinner
Easter is a holiday meant to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. Depending on your beliefs, you might spend time at church, spend time with family, or even just make it all about the kids with Easter egg hunts and Easter baskets.
However you choose to celebrate, you'll probably have some kind of an Easter Dinner. Dinner means not only food, but drink to go along with it. If you're hosting the meal for friends and family and everyone there isn't dry, consider some of these wines to pair with some of the Easter staples.
Consider kicking off things with the bubbly wine that many will enjoy at least one glass of. Hopefully you're serving deviled eggs at your get-together, because champagne can actually pair well with those. J Vineyards out of California makes a great sparkling wine worth the price of admission. You can even include the kids in this one and offer non-alcoholic sparkling juice, so they don't feel left out.
Gewürztraminer is kind of similar to a Moscato and if you're serving ham as a main course, will pair well. Keep in mind, it's alcohol content is a little higher so it might hit a little harder for the lightweights at your dinner. A decent bottle only needs to run you about ten to fifteen dollars.
If turkey is on the menu consider a Pinot Noir to pair with it. This is a good wine selection because it works well with both white and dark meat. You don't have to get too crazy expensive for a decent Pinot Noir, I highly suggest Apothic Pinot Noir. Not only for the price point, but also because of the easy availability and great taste.
If one of your side dishes includes something sweeter, like honey glazed carrots or even sweet potatoes, off-dry Rieslings can work well with those. It's probably best to look for one that's off-dry at a liquor store with a decent wine selection, as it can be a little tougher to find.
Does anyone have leg of lamb anymore? I sure hope so! I haven't had it in years and it really is one of my favorites when cooked properly. If that happens to be your Easter main course, try a Bordeaux wine with it. The flavors are bold and so is the flavor in a well seasoned piece of lamb.
If your desert for Easter includes chocolate, think of trying a Moscato with it. Gancia Moscato D'asti has a good enough price point and should work well with several variations of chocolate
Of course many wine types will pair with many dishes, these are just ones I've personally tried and have enjoyed with meals. What would you add to the list?