Easter is just around the corner and with all the food preparation there is one important question left out unanswered: what is the best wine to serve on Easter day? Well, it all depends on the dishes you're cooking. We have picked 6 different wines to pair classic Easter dishes as a reference for you.
Appetisers and Prosecco
Prosecco or any bubbles will match your snacks, appetisers or even desserts perfectly. It is a great aperitif and a celebratory drink that truthfully does not need any pairing. Enjoy it on its own! Here we suggest Bosco del Merlo Prosecco Millesimato DOC Brut - a luxury dry sparkling with floral aroma and notes of apple and pear. Can also match your fish and salads blissfully.
Lamb and Cabernet Sauvignon
Your lamb will need a powerful and rich wine like Cabernet Sauvignon. Rack of lamb with mashed potatoes is quite strong in flavour (also consider the seasoning you will use), thus to match it use tannic, full-bodied red wine. Our best pairing is South African Silverboom Cabernet Sauvignon with loads of black berries notes, fine oak tones and pleasant warm spiciness.
Ham and Pinot Noir
Glazed or boiled ham will bring slightly sour notes to the dish. Pick a red wine higher in acidity and lower in tannins, with all those sour cherry and cranberry flavours Pinot Noir may be just the best match. We advise Californian Make It Big! Pinot Noir for its juiciness, cheeky acidity and surprising oaky and smoky notes.
Chicken, Turkey or Duck and Chardonnay
When it comes to poultry, stick to light reds or slightly oaked Chardonnays. Roasted chicken, duck or turkey will only taste crispier if you pair it with toasty but zesty Chardonnay. Try to skip more buttery in flavour white wines to not overshadow the dish. Australian Beats the Devil Chardonnay here is the optimal option, it has a perfect balance between citrus, tropical and barrel ageing notes.
Fish, Vegetables or Salad and Rose
Roasted veggies, fish and fresh salads altogether can be matched with dry rose wines. White fatty fish, roasted carrots and leafy salads with onions are just made to be enjoyed over a glass of rose! Our favourite is Italian dry and savoury Paladin Pinot Grigio Rose with light notes of pear, wild strawberry and dried flowers.
Desserts and Dessert Wine
Didn't have to think twice when it comes to any desserts. Whether you're having pastries, cakes with fruits, chocolate or even cheese platters, a dessert wine will enhance the richness of the pairing. For example, this intense and bright golden Italian Verduzzo Passito from Bosco del Merlo is an outstanding match to a variety of cheeses, sugary pastries and jammy desserts. Best way to finish your meal!
All the wines mentioned above are collected in our new Easter Wine Box. This April we offer it with a tasty 20% discount so you can be fully prepared. Happy Easter!