Easter is a special time for family to gather, share a meal, and spend time together. If you’ve got kids, the Easter bunny probably also pays a special visit to ensure there’s plenty of sugar highs in the days to come. If you’re hosting Easter dinner this year, you may be racking your brain trying to come up with wines to pair with the meal that everyone will enjoy. Are you nodding your head yes? Ok, good. We have a few suggestions for you.
First of all, you have two options for wine pairing with any big dinner:
- Choose one wine for everyone to drink with the meal. This simplifies life for you, because you just pick up several bottles of the same wine. You don’t have to worry about how much of each type to get.
- Choose a red and a white (and maybe a rosé if you’re feeling crazy), and then let everyone choose what they want to drink. The upside to this is no one will complain if they like white and you only have red. The downside is that you do have to estimate how much of each everyone will drink so you don’t run out of anything.
Whether you go with option one or two, here are 3 picks for wine varietals that will work on a table filled with all the traditional Easter fixings: ham, roasted, mashed potatoes, asparagus, deviled eggs, macaroni and cheese, green beans, and sweet potato casserole.
Pinot Grigio is probably one of the most unassuming, unoffensive wines out there. It’s refreshing, crisp, and acidic with citrus, apple, and honeysuckle flavors. Since it is so light, it won’t compete with any of the fresh flavors you’re serving and some of the citrus and herbal notes will be drawn out by the food.
Rosé is a great food wine, whether you go with a super crisp Provencal variety or a fruitier one from Oregon. Rosé has enough structure that it won’t get overwhelmed by the variety of flavors and textures in a big meal, but it also won’t compete with it.
Many of our recommendations for big family meals include Pinot Noir. Why? Food LOVES it. The high acid, low tannin, and mild earthiness of Pinot Noir make it practically foolproof to pair with a meal, especially one with higher fat meats like lamb or ham.
Once dinner is over and the kids are in bed, feel free to keep the wine out as you dip into the candy in their Easter baskets. Check out our article on Easter candy and wine pairings for some ideas on what to pick.