Wine Pairings for Easter Dinner

With Easter just around the corner, it’s time to start planning that special holiday dinner before the bunny starts hopping down the trail. One of the great things about this particular time of year is the welcoming of warm weather, which also means delicious seasonal produce and of course our favorite—crisp white wines! We’ve outlined a few main courses and their perfect pairings to include on your dinner table this Easter.

The Main Event

If you’re having pork tenderloin for dinner…

  • Pork, the other white meat, pairs beautifully with white wine. While pork tends to be a little more of a dry meat, matching it with a rich chardonnay balanced with good acidity is the perfect complement. Try our 2012 Carneros Chardonnay characterized with toasty oak flavor and a tangy tart finish with this recipe from Epicurious for pork tenderloin with spiced rhubarb chutney.

If you’re having ham for dinner…

  • Nothing says Easter dinner like ham. The slightly sweet flavors of ham are well balanced with fruity, light-bodied white wines. Try our 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, well-loved for its refreshing citrusy lemon, lime and grapefruit flavors, with allrecipes.com’s honey glazed ham recipe.

If you’re having lamb for dinner…

  • Roasted lamb is a popular, and traditional, Easter dinner dish of choice. While springtime meals are often complemented with a glass of white wine, lamb for dinner makes the year-round red wine drinker happy, for the tender richness of lamb is best balanced with dry, fruit-filled reds. Try our 2011 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, which features bright, vibrant fruit flavors, with this Martha Stewart recipe for roasted marinated lamb.

Happy sipping and dining this Easter!

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