Monday, April 18, 2011

What Wine to Guzzle with Easter Dinner

I LOVE Easter. LOVE it.

I love buying and wearing a new bright and flower-y Easter dress. I love my childhood memories of hunting for chocolate eggs that were hidden all over our house (mom and dad- can we do that again?? Maybe for your grand kids!). I love lilies. I love all the triumphant music and hymns that we sing at church on Easter. And, most importantly, I love what Easter symbolizes- the fact that our Savior is RISEN and has conquered the grave!

But, the one thing I don't love about Easter is the food, at least the traditional main course.

I HATE honey baked ham. Ugh.

My sister LOVES honey baked ham.

Because my parents love us both equally, they usually prepare an Easter meal that will satisfy both of our tastes: honey baked ham for Lis, and extra mashed potatoes for Stace.

It worked out- Lis got her beloved ham (and ham sandwiches for days), and I got a plate full of carbs and salad-my favorite.

Anyways-- that little family and food history has nothing to do with this post, other than it is an introduction to: What Wine to Guzzle with Easter Dinner.

Whether you are hosting Easter at your house, are attending dinner as a guest and need a hostess gift, or you just are curious, here are a few wine suggestions for what wine to drink with Easter dinner.

What to guzzle with your appetizers: Bubbles, of course! The perfect wine to start out such a celebratory holiday, and Easter is most certainly celebratory!

Guzzle: My absolute favorite wine of all time-Domaine Carneros Brut Rosé. Find it in stores for around $25.

What to guzzle with your main course:

If you DO love honey baked ham, I would suggest a wine with a little bit of residual sugar to match with the sweetness of the meat (but seriously, who likes their meat to be sweet?? It's just gross!)

Guzzle: 2010 Von Strasser Winery Gruner Veltliner. $35

PS: In 2006, this was the FIRST Gruner Veltliner to ever grace the Golden State.

If I had my choice, I'd eat roasted lamb for Easter dinner. With lamb comes its classic sidekick: Rhone Valley Syrah and it's blending friend, Grenache. Red wines from the Rhone classically have peppery, dried meat characteristics. Think it sounds gross? You'll think twice after you pair it with a perfect hunk of peppery roasted lamb.

Guzzle: 2007 E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône. $10

What to guzzle with dessert:

How about a lovely Moscato? My family and I could drink this stuff like we do water...

Guzzle: Capetta N.V. Moscato d'Asti Piedmont. $10 *

*I encourage you to go buy this from my lovely, sweet-ham loving sister, Lisa at The Wine Country, Signal Hill.

Have fantastic Easters, everyone! Go eat, drink, and celebrate the resurrection of our King!

Your Easter Wine Bunny,



Lisa said...

Hey, I'd be happy with lamb. But I'd want to drink this with it:

Holy delicious olive juice batman. That Faury Syrah would be even better but sadly (happily) I have the last bottle...

Thank you for the shout-out! If you're going with Moscato D'Asti, I think this one is much nicer, but the same price:

And in truth I like both of this producer's best:

(Their La Quaglia is my favorite, so pretty, but according to Ronnie both wines are seasonal releases.)

Stacey Szumiak said...

I knew you were going to say that about your olive juice wine!! So yum.