Easter Wine Pairings Made Easy
Posted: 1.4.2023 by The Crafty Vintner
Easter is a time for getting together with friends and family and celebrating the warmer days and brighter evenings that are to come. For many, the occasion is traditionally marked with a roast dinner, and deciding the best wine to pair with your meal can often be the biggest challenge of the day (well that and trying not to eat the chocolate eggs before dinner). Here at Crafty we have done the hard work for you – creating our perfect Easter wine shortlist to match whatever dish you may choose, as well as those all-important chocolate eggs.
Papagiannakos Erythros 2017 is a delicious blend of agiorgitiko and cabernet sauvignon, full of intense flavours of ripe dark fruits, with hints of peppery spice and anise. This beautiful red pairs well with a tender lamb roast given its Greek origins, perfect for Easter Sunday dinner. Similar to this only slightly pricier is Chateau de Sales Pomerol 2012, another beautifully blended red, this time of merlot and cabernet franc. This merlot-dominant blend from Pomerol is the top wine, or ‘Grand Vin', of the Chateau de Sales. You can expect a plush wine, savoury and full-bodied, with bright notes of redcurrant and raspberry, silky tannins and a long finish. This also matches perfectly with roast lamb or a succulent cut of rich beef.
For those who are having lamb but prefer a white wine, fear not – provided you are not having a rich gravy or a creamy sauce with dinner, we have options for you too. Jordan Chardonnay Barrel Fermented is bold and graceful, having been fermented and matured in French oak barrels to achieve a natural balance. This allows for different textural components which is then blended to achieve finesse and complexity, creating flavours of lemon biscuit and overripe oranges. This chardonnay would also pair beautifully with a roast chicken dinner. Similarly, Papagiannakos Assyrtiko 2018 is another white that pairs beautifully with lamb, given its Greek origins. A zesty, crisp and characterful white with a refreshing saline acidity, if you love sauvignon blanc then you’ll love this! This white also works well with fish, white meat, and vegetarian risotto.
After dinner is finished and the chocolate eggs are brought out for dessert, Rosa Regale Brachetto d Acqui is the perfect accompanying wine. This sweet, sparkling red wine is intensely aromatic with hints of rose on the nose, and dominating red berry flavours with hints of almond and nutmeg. For those who are a bit more champagne than chocolate for dessert, Laurent Lequart Reserve Extra Brut is the perfect way to finish off your meal. A delicious champagne with a nose of zesty citrus, floral aromas and juicy white fruit. It is crisply refreshing, with wonderful red fruit tones. This would also work well with fish and vegetarian salad dishes.
Whatever you’re having for your Easter dinner we have got the perfect wine to match here at Crafty. If you don’t like the look of our Easter shortlist, shop all other wines here.