A wide variety of main courses and side dishes can pose a challenge when it comes to Easter wine pairings, but I am here to provide some foolproof sommelier secrets that are sure to please every palate around your holiday table. Here are 5 great suggestions that will help you plan an exquisite gathering for your loved ones.
Schramsberg Blancs de Noir, California, USA – SRP: $30
America’s oldest sparkling wine house never disappoints. The Blancs de Noir is a perfect choice for any celebration. This sparkling wine is made in the traditional method with a blend of 85% Pinot Noir and 15% Chardonnay. Aromas of meyer lemon, peach, raspberry, toasted hazelnut and fresh baked croissants dance in your glass. The palate boasts layers of delicious candied pineapple, crystallized ginger, and sweet citrus notes with a fine bead and refreshing acidity. This is a great pairing with turkey, ham and all of your side dishes.
HighDef Riesling, Mosel, Germany – SRP: $16
Riesling is one of the most versatile wines on the planet and a no-brainer when you have many layers of complex flavors on your dinner table. The high acidity and low alcohol content offers a nice counterpoint to many dishes. This off-dry wine has layers of jasmine, bright citrus and juicy stone fruit on the nose followed by a hint of spice. The palate echoes the flavor profile and adds a burst of vibrant acidity and a touch of residual sugar. Other Rieslings to consider in this price point are the Domaine Weinbach from Alsace, Dr. L Riesling from Mosel and the Kung Fu Girl Riesling out of Washington State. This is a delicious pairing with maple glazed ham. This producer also makes a delicious sparkling Riesling.
Von Buhl Spatburgunder Rosé, Mosel, Germany – SRP: $20
Spatburgunder is the German name for Pinot Noir, This is a cool climate Pinot at its best. The Von Buhl Rosé boasts floral aromas of violet, bright red berry flavors of strawberry, raspberry and cranberry and a touch of mandarin zest lead to a palate bursting with red fruit, lively minerality and piercing acidity. This rosé is the perfect compromise for the red & white lovers in your life. This is a versatile selection that will pair beautifully with everything on your Easter table. When in doubt, opt for a rosé. Check out on my blog on the perfect picnic wine to learn more about the different styles of rosé.
Barboursville Cabernet Franc Reserve, Orange County, Virginia, USA – SRP: $24
If you’re looking for an outstanding pairing with ham and lamb, a Cabernet Franc is an awesome choice! Did you know that Cabernet Franc is considered the Pinot Noir of Bordeaux? It’s also a parent grape to the more robust Cabernet Sauvignon. Cab Franc is a lighter and more herbaceous often giving off hints of raspberry, plum, violet & sage. Aromatic layers of plum, raspberry, cherry, cedar, cigar box, dusty violet, sweet spice and a touch of sage are inviting to your senses. Virginia is home to many other outstanding Cabernet Franc’s including Chatham Vineyards, Gabriele Rausse and Veritas. Many wine shops also carry great Cabernet Franc selections out of the Loire Valley of France. Look for the name Chinon on the label.
Saxon Brown “Flora Ranch” Chalk Hill Syrah, Sonoma, California, USA – SRP: $30
While Pinot Noir and Barolo are classic pairings with lamb, I really love a meaty Syrah or Cotes du Rhone. Saxon Brown is a solid Sonoma County producer that makes delicious Syrah. This wine boasts aromas of dried fruit, mocha, sweet spice, forest floor and applewood smoked bacon. It is rich and voluptuous with chewy tannins. This is phenomenal with bacon wrapped lamb chops.