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Easter Wine Pairings for a Refined Feast

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It’s no secret that hosting is hard. But we are here to help—with plenty of wine of course.

Obviously, every Easter tradition is going to look a little different. Some might opt for the Coca-Cola and Rum-Glazed Ham while others might opt for the vegetarian route, for instance. Even wine pairings are subjective. Sure, there are some helpful guidelines, but at the end of the day, it’s all about personal preference and taste.

To help you get started, we chose a few favorite Easter dishes, from appetizers to desserts, and  the wines to match.

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Best Wine for Spring Vegetables: Rocca delle Macìe 2021 Famiglia Zingarelli Campo Maccione Vermentino (Maremma Toscana)

90 Points Wine Enthusiast

Every good spread needs some vegetables. And what better way to celebrate the holiday and the onset of spring than with the crisp flavors of this Pea and Pecorino salad? We chose to pair this salad with a Vermentino, since we think the wine’s acidic pop and savory nuances are simpatico with the peas’ freshness and earthy, flavor of the Pecorino cheese.

$15.99 Vivino

Best Wine for Deviled Eggs: Marqués de Cáceres NV Brut Sparkling (Cava)

88 Points Wine Enthusiast

This wine has fine perlage and a nose of green apple and brioche. It is softly effervescent on the palate, with flavors of apricot, honeydew melon, toasted almonds and orange zest.

$12.99 Wine.come

Best Wine for Ham: Domaine Dubost 2020 Lantignié (Beaujolais)

88 Points Wine Enthusiast

There’s no denying this Coca-Cola and Rum-Glazed Ham is a rich main dish. And so, we chose a hearty, fruity wine to pair alongside it. We like a Beaujolais’s fresh red fruits and good acidity to pair with the ham’s “tidal wave of salty, rich and smoky succulence.” 

$18.00 Vivino

Best Wine for Potatoes: Handley 2019 Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley)

94 Points Wine Enthusiast

Once you try melting potatoes, you are going to wonder why you didn’t try them sooner. This recipe uses “garlicky chicken stock and lemon juice,” but you can get creative with your own choice of seasonings. We chose to pair this dish with a Pinot Noir, because we think the wine’s medium body and mild tannins will cut through the potatoes richness

$36.99 Vivino

Best Wine for Carrots: Yangarra 2020 Roux Beauté Roussanne (McLaren Vale)

93 Points Wine Enthusiast

This bottles “honeydew melon and lemon fruit” can help bring out this carrot dish’s natural sweetness.

$ Varies Wine-Searcher

Best Wine for Asparagus: Bernhard Ott 2021 Fass 4 Grüner Veltliner (Niederösterreich)

91 Points Wine Enthusiast

It’s no secret that asparagus is difficult to pair with wine. One tip? “Avoid tannins and oak and opt for a dry white wine that sings of citrus and herbs and you’ll have a harmonious match,” wrote Nils Bernstein for Wine Enthusiast. So, we went with an acidic Grüner Veltliner that has vibrant Bosc pear, ginger and white raspberry notes. 

$32.99 Wine.com

Best Wine for Mac and Cheese: Mario Schiopetto 2021 Pinot Grigio (Collio)

89 Points Wine Enthusiast

This mac and cheese recipe requires Gruyère, a nutty, creamy and pungent cheese. So, while delicious, it is a heavy dish. To help cut through all that creamy goodness, and offer your palate some much needed reprieve, we went with a Pinot Grigio that offers “hints of ripe apple, lemon zest and almond.”

$ Varies Wine-Searcher

Best Wine for Dinner Rolls: Domaine Dozon 2020 Clos du Saut au Loup (Chinon)

91 Points Wine Enthusiast

Every dinner needs bread. And these herby and earthy rolls need an equally strong and fruity wine to pair with it. So, we chose a Cabernet Franc noted for being “a smoky, red-berry-flavored wine.”

$27.99 Wine.com

Best Wine for Eton Mess: Quady 2021 Electra Moscato (California)

89 Points Wine Enthusiast

It’s finally dessert time! If you are looking for something a bit on the lighter side, definitely go for this Eton Mess. It will round off the meal nicely, especially when paired with a bottle of Moscato that provides notes of honeysuckle, agave nectar, rose water, lychee, potpourri, apricot, and ripe Granny Smith and Golden Delicious apples. 

$14.99 Wine.com

Best Wine for Blueberry Cake: Broadbent NV Broadbent Ruby (Port)

88 Points Wine Enthusiast

It’s Easter! Live a little and let them eat cake (and drink Port). The blueberry cake’s “ batter itself has no sugar, but the topping partly bakes into the cake as it cooks; it works equally well as dessert or morning coffee cake,” wrote Nils Bernstein for Wine Enthusiast. The natural sweetness of the cake could complement the “sweet black fruits and a dried-raisin flavor” of this Port

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