Best Easter Food And Wine Pairings
Love an Easter feast? Then get your appetite ready for our essential guide to Easter food and wine matching for this much-loved holiday season!
From the seafood focus of Good Friday to the succulence of a lamb roast at Easter Sunday lunch, the Easter long weekend is one of those special times of year where many families gather to reflect, and to feast. And with such delicious food gracing the table, it’s only natural to want a sensational Australian wine to enjoy with whatever is being served.
This Easter, we’ve asked our Tasting Panel co-Chair Adam Walls for his favourite food and wine pairings, with recipes – including a heavenly macadamia crusted barramundi dish to die for. Read on and start planning your Easter Long Weekend feast with Wine Selectors!
HOT CROSS BUNS
PAIR WITH LIQUER MUSCAT OR TOPAQUE
Many would argue – Adam included – that hot cross buns are the highlight of Easter. These spice-filled buns with their gentle sweetness pair superbly well with some of Australia’s most unique wines. “Australian fortified wines like liqueur Muscat and Topaque have the flavour weight, exotic spice and sweetness needed to match those of hot cross buns,” says Adam. He recommends more elegant Topaque with plain and fruit hot cross buns, and the richer Muscat style for chocolate ones.
GOOD FRIDAY FISH RECIPE
ANDY ALLEN’S WHOLE ROASTED FLOUNDER – PAIR WITH VERMENTINO
The quintessential Good Friday meal, of course, is fish, and pairing wine with it couldn’t be simpler. “Like the lemon you squeeze over your fish, you want a wine with high levels of acidity,” says Adam. “The acidity helps balance the fat and richness of the dish, in the case of fish pie or salmon – without overpowering the textures and flavours of more delicate fish plates.” If white wine is your preference, look for Riesling, Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc (including Semillon Sauvignon Blanc blends), or Vermentino. If reds are your thing, opt for lighter, fresher styles of Pinot Noir, Grenache and Barbera.
Go all out on seafood this Easter with Andy Allen’s whole roasted flounder with anchovy butter and herbs. It’s the perfect piscatory plate to sate the healthiest appetite. Or, view more great Good Friday seafood recipes here!
EASTER SATURDAY PRAWNS RECIPE
LYNDEY MILAN’S PRAWN AND PROSCIUTTO SKEWERS – PAIR WITH SEMILLON
“The candy of the oceans!” proclaims Adam, and who could argue? Cooked or fresh, prawns are a welcome addition to any Easter Saturday table, particularly with a good glass of vino to enjoy along with them. “Prawns match with myriad different wine styles and varieties, but their sweet and delicate flavour will be overpowered by rich and heavy wines, so keep that in mind.” Sparkling wines and Rosé are great with prawns, as are aromatic white wines like Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, and Semillon – particularly Hunter Valley Semillon. “For a little extra indulgence, try a modern Chardonnay,” says Adam. “The background oak works superbly with prawns.”
Take your prawn game to the next level with Lyndey Milan’s prawn and prosciutto skewers. With za’atar seasoning, flatbread and accompanying garlic sauce, it’s a plate worthy of most any special occasion. Sort out your Easter Saturday lunch with more great prawn recipes here!
EASTER SUNDAY ROAST LAMB RECIPE
SLOW ROASTED LAMB SADDLE WITH SAGE – PAIR WITH CABERNET
The prospect of lamb for Easter has Adam salivating. “Succulent and satisfying, particularly with its signature red wine match,” he says about the pairing of lamb and Cabernet Sauvignon – possibly the best wine to drink with lamb. The secret is the tannin in the Cabernet, and the fat levels you find in lamb: the tannins help balance the fat in the protein, which makes tannic wines and meat-based fat the perfect companions. “The fat also helps soften the grip of the tannins, but if you’re not a fan of Cabernet, you can try Tempranillo, Malbec or even Shiraz.”
When it comes to lamb, one of our favourite recipes is this slow roasted lamb saddle with sage, with a rich petit pois a la francaise dressing – the ultimate Easter Sunday dish for the family table. Discover more great lamb recipes for your Easter long weekend here!
MEAT-FREE EASTER MONDAY RECIPE
MATTHEW EVANS’ SPINACH AND RICOTTA PIE – PAIR WITH CHARDONNAY
Sometimes, you just want to indulge in something a little different when it comes to Easter feasting, and we reckon a meat-free pie is just the ticket. “Veggies or vegetarian dishes offer an equally vast range of wine matching options as any meat dish,” says Adam. “Look for wines that match the character of the ingredients you’re using – for instance, asparagus makes a great partner to Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay is great with anything featuring a creamy or cheesy sauce, while lighter reds like Pinot Noir and Gamay are wonderful with the earthy flavours of mushrooms or roasted root vegetables.”
One easy Easter Monday recipe we like is Matthew Evans’ spinach and ricotta pie. Filling, simple to make and satisfying in the extreme, it’s a wonderful dish to wrap up your Easter long weekend with. Or, check out more meat-free Easter Monday food and wine pairing suggestions here!
Eat, drink and be merry this Easter long weekend
No matter what you’re planning for Easter this year, we think the above recipes and food and wine pairings will help take your enjoyment of the occasion up a notch.
But that’s not all! Don’t forget to check out our Easter Wine and Chocolate Pairing Guide, and match that Easter bunny bounty with some fantastic Australian wines. Or, whatever the time of year, make sure to view our other great food and wine pairing guides.
From all of us here at Wine Selectors, have a safe and happy Easter Long Weekend!