Delicious Easter Meals + Wine

Easter Sunday is truly a time of reflection, family fun, and excellent food. This year at Easter, most of us will be hunting for colored eggs, nibbling on a chocolate bunny, and enjoying a traditional dinner with an assortment of meats and baked goodies.

In this post, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite Easter dinner and wine pairings for you to enjoy this upcoming holiday. 


Delicious Easter Meals + Wine

Traditional Easter meals, whether served midday or later in the evening, often showcase glazed ham or roasted lamb served with seasonal spring veggies. Prime rib or chicken dishes may also make their way to the table on Easter Sunday, as suitable and savory stand-ins for more classic fare. No matter what you're serving at your table, you will get a number of tasty wine recommendations.

Let's explore the styles of wine that are perfect pairings for your favorite Easter entrees!

Ham + Wine Pairings

Ham is often prepared with glazes or toppings that are sweet, which balance the inherent saltiness of the meat. Serving a well-paired bottle of wine with your ham dinner can also accomplish the same goal! 

For ham, my tried and true favorite companion wines include Riesling or a Gewürztraminer. Both of these German-originating white wines tend to offer fresh, flavorful profiles with enough sweet
fruit to balance the salt in the ham. The acidity also nicely supports the combination, while not compromising the flavor of either the ham or the wine. Sounds like a plan to me!

There are plenty of accessible, affordable Rieslings that are well-balanced and high quality.  Consider a Riesling Spatlese for their minerality and crisp apple flavors. Some other favorites are Kerner and Bacchus grapes, which are very similar to Riesling with different characteristics. If you are opting for a spicy Gewürztraminer, you may consider one from Germany or France for
their unique taste to complement your meal.

Both Riesling and Gewurztraminer are crowd-pleasing white wines for you and your guests. They have the versatility to handle a wide variety of palates while accommodating plenty of ham preparations. As an alternative, a lightly oaked Chardonnay would also handle ham well if you are
partial to that particular white wine. Chardonnay is also a lovely pair for chicken dinners. California offers some wonderful choices, which can be chilled for an enjoyable ham dinner. A red wine option for ham or chicken would be a light Pinot Noir with a fruit-forward nose of black cherry or cranberry.


Lamb + Wine Pairings

If you are serving rack of lamb, leg of lamb, or a lamb roast for Easter (like the Visalli's are this year), the strategy is to stick with your well-grounded red wines. These include a red Burgundy, a northern Rhone red, or a Cabernet Sauvignon. I say you can't go wrong with Malbec, Tempranillo, or a Shiraz.

I recommend trying vineyards in Mendoza and Salta for Malbec or a Tempranillo from Ribera Del Duero. For Cabernet Sauvignon, I recommend the Sonoma Dry Creek Cabernet Sauvignon or Alexander Valley Cabernets, which offer that velvety finish with delicious fruit and a wonderful nose of cassis and red currants. Cabernets would also be the perfect complement to a prime rib dinner.

The intensity, earthiness, and fattiness of lamb call for a wine with plenty of tannin and
flavor intensity. Malbec wines from Argentina have the backbone and complexity to stand up to a rich lamb dish. At Time For Wine, we have always enjoyed wines from Spain and Tempranillo, which have the roundness and flavor that will not overpower your lamb.

The ultimate goal with lamb is to find red wines with a decent tannin structure, good fruit, and a
finish that can stand up to the meat. Your wine should have enough fruit and acidity to
handle the robust flavors of the lamb, but not overpower it in the process.

No matter what you're serving this Easter Sunday, Time For Wine wants to make sure the wine is both spectacular and flowing. Shop our online store for all of the wines mentioned in this article!

Salud, and Happy Easter!