Easter is a time of indulgence and celebration, and there is no better way to enjoy it than with a delicious home-prepared Easter meal accompanied by the perfect wine. At Friarwood Fine Wines, we have picked five exceptional wines to cover all your needs and elevate your Easter feast to the next level. We understand that you would like to focus on savouring the food and enjoying quality family time, so we have got you covered with our wine pairings.
The Easter season is a great time to come together with family and friends and indulge in a scrumptious feast. Good food and great wine are an essential part of any celebration, and Easter is no exception. Preparing an Easter feast, however, can be overwhelming, especially when it comes to selecting the perfect wine to accompany your meal. That’s where Friarwood Fine Wines comes in. We’ve taken the guesswork out of selecting the perfect wines to pair with your Easter dinner menu.
Let us take a closer look at the wines that we have carefully selected to pair with some of the most popular Easter dishes:
Roasted Leg of Lamb with Garlic and Thyme Butter, Roast Celeriac, and Puy Lentils
Lamb is a staple of Easter dinners, and the rich-flavoured leg of lamb is perhaps the most irresistible cut. Combining the generous offerings of spring, we’ve come up with a roasted leg of lamb recipe with garlic and thyme butter, roast celeriac, and puy lentils. The tender but succulent lamb calls for a charmingly fruity, warming, silky, and chocolatey red. Our pick is the 2018 Nittnaus 'Altenberg' Blaufrankisch Reserve from Burgenland, Austria. This Austrian treat is full-bodied and has an intense aroma of dark fruits, chocolate, and spice. Its smooth and silky texture and long satisfying finish, simply complement the rich and earthy flavours of the lamb perfectly.
For a veggie option, we’ve picked the Latin American favourite the Torta Pasqualina. This savoury pie hails from Southeast America and is a staple on Easter tables in Argentina & Uruguay. However, its original roots are in Italy, being brought over by early Italian immigrants. It is a beautifully creamy savoury tart filled with spinach, ricotta, and eggs. It pairs perfectly with the delightfully creamy and decadent 2020 St. Francis Chardonnay from Sonoma Valley, California. This textbook Californian Chardonnay has not only the flavour richness but a refreshing acidity that cuts through the richness of the tart, while the tropical fruit and buttery flavours of the Chardonnay complement the creamy filling.
Bacalhau with Potatoes, Onion, Olives, and Hard-Boiled Eggs
Fish is another cultural staple for Easter, especially around the Mediterranean and the Iberian Peninsula. We believe Bacalhau (Salted cod) with potatoes, onion, olives, and hard-boiled eggs from Portugal is a delicious alternative to lamb. Our pick for this heavenly salty and creamy dish is the 2020 Solar das Bouças Vinho Verde ‘Loureiro’ from Portugal. This fresh ‘green wine’ coming from the lush, North-western corner of the country packs an incredible freshness with zingy limes, lemongrass, green pear, and nectarines. The slight effervescence lights up the richness of the Bacalhau and the eggs, making it a living proof of ‘what grows together goes together’.
Honey Glazed Ham
Honey glazed ham is an old-fashioned but charming staple on British Easter tables. When made from grass-fed, free-range hogs, ham can be a luscious delight. A lighter, elegant red made from Pinot Noir is the ultimate choice with some succulent ham.
Our 2018 Tokar Estate Pinot Noir from Yarra Valley, Australia is thrilling pairing with the sweetness of the honey and the saltiness of the ham. The fragrant fruit notes of blackberries, red currants, and black cherries married with the savoury, herbaceous qualities of this complex wine seem like a match made in heaven for ham.
Hot Cross Buns or Easter Bread with Butter
Finally, no Easter feast is complete without the must-have sweet treat of Hot Cross Buns or Easter bread with butter.
We recommend pairing a wonderfully sweet, but refreshing dessert wine with it. After all, it’s Easter we’re talking about!
The 2019 Capanna Moscadello di Montalcino has magnificent floral aromas and flavours of honey and stone fruit, which perfectly marry with the sweet and spicy flavours of the buns or the bread.
At Friarwood Fine Wines, we understand that every dish has its unique flavour profile, and that’s why we have selected our wines to complement each of the dishes. Our wine selection has been carefully curated to ensure that each wine complements the flavours of the dish it is paired with.
Our aim is to make your Easter feast unforgettable, and we believe that our wine pairings will do just that. Wine is an essential part of any celebration, and we want to make sure that you have the perfect wine to complement your meal.
With these unique Easter wine pairings, you can level up your Easter feast and impress your friends and family. Whether you decide to stick to a classic roasted leg of lamb or indulge in sweet hot cross buns, we have the perfect wine to complement your dish.
Cheers to a very Happy Easter!