Easter… It’s egg-hunting season and we’re loving it, and we hope you’re loving it too! In this blog post we want to present a combination of traditional Easter foods, in the form of a menu, and how we think they would best match with different types of wines. (Just in time to give you some inspiration for these holidays!)
We think of Easter and we think of family, laughter, oh! And eggs. Boiled eggs are one of the most common foods to cook during Easter. Cooking them as devilled eggs is one of the traditional ways to prepare them during the Easter holidays. This dish is very simple to make, and involves boiling the eggs; mixing the yolks with mayonnaise, vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper to taste; and sprinkling them with paprika.
Carrots are also very popular during Easter, and the most common way to eat them is to honey-glaze them. This recipe intensifies carrots’ flavours and it’s a healthy appetizer to include in your menu. This recipe is very easy and can be ready in less than 15 minutes, so it’s a win-win: easy, healthy and tasty.
These appetisers can be the perfect start to your Easter holidays’ meal, the only thing missing is the perfect wine match. Eggs are a usually paired with champagne, so why not give your Easter meal a classy touch to start with? The carrots and other glazed veggies can be matched with a Chenin Blanc, that has a rich texture and complements the sweet caramelised vegetables perfectly.
The two main dishes that are traditionally prepared in Easter are roast lamb and cooked Ham.
Roast lamb is most likely to be served with fresh herbs and spring vegetables. Fresh rosemary and thyme, garlic, melted butter and a leg of lamb must be what dreams are made of. If we close our eyes we can almost smell the roast cooking in the oven. It’s only missing the finishing touch! Pairing it with a glass of Pinot Noir, burgundy or Rioja wine.
The second main dish we propose is cooked ham with a brown sugar, mustard and coke glaze… Mmm sounds delicious! Easter is still one week away but we can’t wait to try this. And of course we aren’t forgetting about the wine. Cooked ham pairs well with wines that are slightly sweet and have bold fruit such as Lambrusco or Zinfandel.
If you’ve made it to this point without feeling hungry and thirsty, you’re lucky, but you won’t manage to stay away from your food and wine cravings after reading about dessert. The main two typical sweet treats in Easter are chocolate eggs and hot cross buns. This two are a must in any Easter holiday reunion.
Chocolate eggs are taking over all store shelves during this season of the year. They have been now available in stores for months and we love them. Milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate; with caramel, biscuit pieces and many other things, we’d take them all. Kids love them, and so do adults. Chocolate is quite tricky to combine with wine, but our recommendations would be to combine dark chocolate with Merlot, milk chocolate with dessert wines and white chocolate with ice wines.
And finally, we have to mention hot cross buns. These sweet buns are traditionally made with sultanas, orange zest, apple and cinnamon. These flavours pair perfectly with a wine that is sweet, and has a hint of honey, like a sparkling demi-sec from Vouvray. This wine will complement the sweet flavours and spices found in the buns perfectly.
These are some of our recommendations but we encourage you to try many other different food recipes and dished and try and combine them with your favourite wines. Maybe you’ll find the perfect match. Our bottles also have some food recommendations on the labels, so keep an eye on these!