Easter, steeped in tradition and celebration, is one holiday where wine is often an afterthought, if it is even a thought at all. With everyone occupied with baskets, chocolate bunnies, and egg hunts – it’s easy to see why. We think the Easter wine is as deserving of your attention as the rest of the meal, so we’ve made it easy on you. The Surdyk’s wine staff has taken the three main players of the Easter feast – Lamb, Ham, and Salmon and paired not only the classic wine match, but also a more unexpected pairing to make this a meal to remember. Might we suggest trying both?
Pair with Ham
CLASSIC: GERMAN RIESLING
Hexamer Riesling Quartzit. This pairing is a classic for good reason. The notes of stone fruit and the bright minerality will please anyone and the hint of sweetness counteracts the salty, smoky ham.
SURPRISE: SPARKLING ROSE
Chandon Brut Rose. While this choice brings two components that are often hard for people to grasp as a main entrée beverage (pink wine AND bubbles!), we think this is a match made in heaven. This California dry sparkler brings to the party wild strawberry, toast and a gorgeous creamy bubble which refreshes the palate after each bite of rich ham.
Pair with Salmon
CLASSIC: PINOT NOIR
Four Graces Willamette Valley Pinot Noir. Not much to argue with here – Salmon while rich, yet not quite heavy as red meat, loves a wine with a lighter body and silky texture. That’s Oregon Pinot in a nutshell.
SURPRISE: CRU BEAUJOLAIS
J. Descombes Morgon Beaujolais. Forget everything you think of when you hear the word Beaujolais. This is not Nouveau. This is gorgeous Cru Beaujolais from the Morgon region. The Gamay grape from here is extremely aromatic and loaded with ripe cherry. Time to introduce yourself to real Beaujolais.
Pair with Lamb
Haut-Chassis Crozes-Hermitage “Les Galets”. Lamb is Syrah in protein form. Succulent, rich, often herb-infused. The Rhone Valley is home to some of the most infamous Syrah, often blended with other varietals. This is 100% Syrah offers up blue and black fruit in every stage of life – from fresh picked to preserves. Dark elements of tobacco, thyme and licorice make an appearance. Lush and totally delicious.
SURPRISE: SPANISH MONTSANT
Can Blau. Spain’s Montsant region in Northern Spain is one of those places wine lovers love to discover. It surrounds one of Spain’s most prestigious regions, Priorat and because they share the same unique soil known as ‘llicorella’, the Montsant wines become a more affordable reflection of their famous neighbor. Cariñena, Syrah and Garnacha are blended together to create a big, fruit forward wine with plenty of structure and a tremendous finish.