We hit the easy button this year and ordered our Easter dinner from Morton’s Market, a local gourmet grocer. I want ham, my in-laws want turkey and my husband wants lamb, so we each get what we want and we don’t have to cook. Score! It also leaves more time to focus on the important aspects of Easter like family, egg hunting and, of course, wine pairing. Since we’ll have three types of meat I want the wine to stand up to all while not overpowering any. If you are like our family and have diverse palates to please and want to satisfy them with a few selections here our my Easter dinner wine recommendations.
Easter Dinner Wine Recommendations for Red-Wine Lovers
Aim for a fruity, medium-to-full-bodied wine that can stand up to the salty ham and not overpower the turkey. Lamb is friendly with just about any red wine, thank goodness. My recommendation is a Merlot from Napa Valley such as the classic, satin-smooth Stags Leap Merlot or the Chalk Hill Red Blend.
Easter Dinner Wine Recommendations for White-Wine Lovers
If you want to go with white, sweet wines are the best pairings for salty ham and buttery, oak-forward wines stand up to the turkey. Since I don’t like sweet wines and my mother in-law is a die-hard Kendall Jackson Reserve Chardonnay drinker, I’ll be serving a MAN Steel Run Chenin Blanc and an medium-bodied Martin Ray Chardonnay from California. The Martin Ray is a notch-up in smoothness but won’t totally break the bank.
What are you serving for Easter? Do you have a favorite wine?