Perfect Wine Pairings: Easter Basket Edition

peep in wine glass

Easter is one of those holidays that can be tough to celebrate once you’re an official grown-up. But why should kids have all the fun? While you’re busy playing Easter bunny and filling up all those plastic eggs for Sunday, maybe it’s time to enjoy the perks of being an adult and pair those sweet confections with a great bottle of wine. Or while the kids are running around burning off their sugar high on Sunday, why not put all that “extra” candy to good use and have a fun Easter candy wine pairing. We’re not saying you need an excuse to dive headfirst into a basket of Easter candy, but in case you did, these pairings just might be be just the ticket!

Port and Cadbury Egg

Cadbury Creme Eggs & Port

We all have our own methods for eating this Easter classic, but the only way to pair this candy is to embrace the fact that it’s chocolate. And chocolate calls for port!

Our recommendation:

2013 Fonseca Guimaerans Vintage Port

There are subtle notes of dried fig and dates beginning to emerge and add to the complexity. The palate is medium-bodied and beautifully balanced on the supple, rounded entry.

 

 

Champagne and Peeps

 

Peeps & Bubbly

What would Easter be without these strange little chicks? Kinda crunchy… kinda squishy… the effervescence from a sparkling wine is a great compliment to these marshmallowy confections.

Our recommendation:  

NV Zuccolo Brut Rose

Delicate blush color in the glass. Light perlage; aromas of grapefruit zest, white pepper, red berries. Tangy and refreshing.

 

Jelly Beans Reisling

Jelly Beans & Dry Riesling

A little bit tart and a whole lot of fruit flavor, jellybeans and Riesling are a match made in heaven. A nice dry Riesling with a good acidic backbone will make these little beans dance on your taste buds. Just make sure to skip the black ones (does anyone even like those anyway?)

Our recommendation:

2014 Burlkin Wolfe ‘Estate’ Riesling 

Bright pale lemon colored with a piercing nose of white fruits, peach blossom and preserved lemon. The palate is medium bodied, dry and has great intensity of fruit, balanced by mouth-watering acidity.

 

 

 

petite sirah wine and robins eggsRobins Eggs & Petite Sirah

Malted milk balls need a wine that can stand up to them. A petite sirah has enough power to plow through that malted milk flavor and melds nicely with the rich milk chocolate shell. 

Our recommendation:

2010 Valdez ‘Landy Vineyard’ Petite Sirah

Burly tannins frame bold, intense flavors of dark berries, plum and kirsch, with espresso, licorice and cigar box notes. Balanced and very focused, with the tannins clamping down on the finish.

 

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