The Best Wines to Drink at Easter

by | Mar 3, 2017

On first thought, Easter might not seem like a time of the year to appreciate wine. But step back a moment and think about it.

Easter is a public holiday in the U.K. It means almost everyone is at home, not working.

What a great day to get together with your family and friends? A time to enjoy wine, and celebrate being with those we care about.

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There are some really great wines that would be excellent to drink whilst munching through your Easter Egg collection.

We are going to come up with a few ideas for wines to pair with chocolate.

Wines to Drink at Family Lunch on Easter Day

If you are organizing Easter lunch for your friends or family, you need to think about the wine you are going to serve.

Do all of the people you are inviting enjoy wine? If not, you need to find some wines that are not too challenging.

Wines that will enhance the food, but still be easy to drink. Here is our selection of entirely drinkable wines to consume over Easter lunch.

Rheingau Riesling Kabinett halbtrocken

This came from Weingut Robert Weil, this is a fine Riesling. This is one of those wines that pretty much anybody can enjoy.

Not too sweet, and certainly not dry, it has a flowery, slightly citrus bouquet.

Taste wise, it is very rewarding and refreshing.

As a white wine to serve to people who you are not sure like wine, this is a good choice.

Beefsteak Club Malbec 2014 Mendoza

This is from Majestic Wine, this is a charming, new age red wine that really offers a very light taste for a dry red.

This is why we chose it as our red wine selection for Easter lunch. It has a very fruity flavour, and is not at all challenging as many other red dry wines are.

For this reason, it is perfect for people that might not usually appreciate red wine.

It still clears the palate well, but it has none of the challenge of traditional reds.

Baron Herzog White Zinfandel Rosé

This is our rose selection for Easter lunch. Coming from the Waitrose Cellar, this is a simple, uncomplicated wine.

Rose wine has become very popular recently, simply because it can be so adaptable. It can work with red and white meats.

It can even work as a dessert wine at times. So this really is a great go to wine if you are unsure of what your guests prefer.

Light, fruity and refreshing. Yet still rewarding to drink, and a great accompaniment to a wide range of foods.

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Relaxing on Easter Afternoon with a Glass of Wine

So you are sitting at home, maybe watching TV or reading a book, and you would like to enjoy some great wine?

Drinking wine alone is the one time we can really experiment. We don’t have to worry if everyone else is going to enjoy our selection.

So here is a few wine that will challenge your taste buds, and potentially give you a unique wine drinking experience.

First Press Chardonnay Napa Valley

It is coming from the Waitrose Cellar, this is an American Chardonnay with a difference.

It still has all of the usual Chardonnay character, but it adds something a little more. A very citrus bouquet, but with an astonishing overtone of coconut.

This is where this Chardonnay is different. Making it great for experimenting with.

Taste wise it is well balanced, and has a very long finish, making it a great sipping wine on an Easter afternoon.

Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Merlot 2010

It is here we have a Merlot produced in Chile, from TheDrinkShop. In recent years, Chile has gained a reputation as one of the best new wine growing regions in the world.

But when it comes to a classic like Merlot, how can Chile compare? Well, this Merlot is a good one. But a little different.

It lacks the subtlety of traditional Merlot. But it does bring a very berry rich bouquet to the table.

Again, a great wine to experiment with. The fruitiness makes it enjoyable to sip, and it is not overly dry.

Taylor’s Chip Dry White Port

Here we have a Portuguese Port from the Waitrose Cellar.

No list of wines to enjoy sipping on a lazy afternoon would be complete without a fortified wine such as Port.

This one is distinctive. A very dark, rich colour, and exceptionally dry.

Our recommendation is that you refrigerate it, and serve it over ice.

How’s that for a wine experiment on Easter afternoon?

Wines for Easter Dinner

It’s early evening, time to sit down with your family for Easter dinner. So we need to come up with an eclectic wine selection to complement the food we serve.

To make things easier, here is a good selection of quality wines, that can be paired with various dishes.

Bourgogne Chardonnay, Les Murelles

If you are serving fish, chicken or some other type of white meat for Easter Dinner, then you can’t go wrong with a Chardonnay.

This one from Domaine de Brully is a great one. Made in France, it has the classic, simple Chardonnay bouquet, and a semi-dry taste delivery that complements food, without being too challenging to drink.

A seriously fine wine to enjoy with white meat or fish over Easter dinner.

Waitrose Barolo

From the Waitrose Cellar, this is a simple, no nonsense red wine. But it is a Barolo in every sense of the word.

Sure, it’s at the lower end of the price scale, but it has all of that Barolo character. We included this as our red wine selection for Easter dinner, to go with rich meat dishes.

It is a great wine to introduce people to the pleasure of drinking Barolo, and may come as a surprise for many people. And nothing works as well with red meat as a good Barolo.

Carmel Palwin No.10 Menorah Red Dessert Wine

This is a great little dessert wine from the Waitrose Cellar. A very pale red colour, which is something very different in a dessert wine.

Yet still sweet enough to accompany the very sweetest of desserts.

It is also very easy to drink, not overly sweet or sickly, so great for people who generally do not prefer a sweet wine.

The perfect end to an Easter dinner with your friends and family.

Wines to Drink when Eating Easter Eggs

All that chocolate, inside a shiny wrapper, just waiting to be eaten. We eat more chocolate in the form of Easter Eggs at this time of the year, than at any other.

But have you considered that there might be some good wines that will actually taste great with all that chocolate?

We are going to give a selection of wines that might surprise you. They will work well with your Easter Eggs.

Brown Brothers Special Late Harvested Orange Muscat & Flora

As the name suggests, this intriguing white wine from the Waitrose Cellar has some seriously powerful connotations of orange. Both in the bouquet and the taste.

So we think this is a great pairing for chocolate, and all of those Easter Eggs you want to eat.

The orange aroma and aftertaste will really help to enhance the flavour of the chocolate in a clever way.

Give it a try, you might be surprised at how well this pairing works.

Rubis Chocolate Wine

From TheDrinkShop, this pairing just makes sense. You are already eating lots of chocolate in the form of all those Easter Eggs, so why not drink something with a taste of chocolate as well?

If you have never tried these types of flavoured wines before, you might be surprised.

Yes, they taste very different from ordinary wine, but they do still have all of the body and character of a normal wine.

Riesling Beerenauslese Kiedrich Gräfenberg

Coming from Weingut Robert Weil, this is a high quality German dessert wine. The reason we feel this is a great pairing for eating with your Easter Eggs is twofold.

Firstly, you only get to eat Easter Eggs once a year. So if you are going to enjoy them with a bottle of dessert wine, why not an expensive one?

Secondly, because this pairing simply works. German dessert wines are known as being the most forgiving of dessert wines.

The complexity in flavour helps it to blend with many different types of desserts, and this includes pure chocolate. So dig deep, and enjoy this fine German dessert wine.

Easter Wines Conclusion

So there we have it. We have shown that Easter is a surprisingly good time of the year to enjoy wine.

Whether you are spending Easter alone, or entertaining friends or family, you now have no excuse not to enjoy great wines on this public holiday in the U.K.

From a simple family lunch, to a full on Easter Egg feast, there are a whole range of great wines, from all around the world, that are entirely suitable for enjoying on Easter Day.

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Mac Wheeler

Mac Wheeler

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Mac is an avid traveller, who spends many months of the year wandering the world with a laptop and a suitcase. He has been a wine lover for over 30 years, and has a fondness for Italian reds, although don’t ask his opinion on the Barolo Wars. On his travels he has tasted a great many wines. Some good, some bad, and some that should never have been sold for human consumption.

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