Easter is perhaps one of the most delicious of holidays, just alongside Christmas. When it comes to the Easter menu, images of eggs, sausage and lamb are evoked so you’ll want to choose only the best wines with Easter lunch to accompany this fine meal.
Let’s start off right with the starters. Italians generally celebrate Easter with a long Sunday brunch which consists of cheese, boiled eggs, asparagus, savory pies and pizzas. It’s up to you to decide what wine to pair with this morning brunch. You can begin with a Spumante Brut, ideal for diluting the flavorful palate all these savory goods will leave on your palate. You can also go with a Valcolomba Vermentino Maremma Toscana DOC which is fruity with hints of honey and just the right amount of acidity.
When you are ready to switch to the heavier main Easter courses, it’s best to go with a full-bodied wine such as Rosso di Montalcino which is also perfect with grilled meats.
Second courses are just the place to start taking a few more risks at your Easter meal. These dishes are usually very meat heavy and consist of lamb and a variety of heavy sauces and gravies which go well with that certain special bottle you have had saved for just the right occasion. These structured dishes go well with important Italian wines such as Brunello di Montalcino, Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva and even a fine Chianti Classico Riserva.
Once you’re ready to move onto the dessert course and have rested your palate sufficiently (and of course your stomach!), you will want to try some of the rich and flavorful desserts that are typical of Italy. The best way to pair these desserts is with a Moscato Passito, a Marsala or a Farnito Vinsanto del Chianti wine which are perfect with desserts such as Colomba cake, Neapolitan grain pie or Sicilian cassata.
When your meali s completely done, go ahead and have another piece of Easter egg chocolate! You’ve then earned yourself a place on the sofa…