If you’re used to celebrating Easter with a crowd, this year is going to feel a lot different as we practice social distancing instead of gathering for in-person celebrations with loved ones. Luckily, our friend Kaitlin Moss of The Every Hostess blog is helping us make the most of our first (and hopefully last!) Easter spent in isolation by demonstrating how to make a cozy day at home feel a bit more festive.
If you’re still planning on making traditional Easter dishes this year, we’re here to help you enhance them with wines you probably already have on hand. So raid your wine rack, set the table with anything pastel you can find, and let’s get started!
Our Favorite Easter Pairings:
Brunch & Mimosas - pairs with Lot 50 Prosecco
Prosecco is perfect for Easter brunch. Whether you’re adding a splash of OJ for a mimosa, or sipping alongside freshly sliced charcuterie, this crisp citrus sparkler should be your go-to. Its effervescence pairs with both sweet and savory dishes, making it a great pick for the diversity of an Easter spread.
Kitchen Duties & Deviled Eggs - pairs with Lot 42 Pinot Grigio
If you’re anything like us, you like to cook with wine. Sometimes you even add it to the food! Lot 42 Pinot Grigio is one of our favorite kitchen companions - for cooking and, well, sipping away! The freshness of this Pinot Grigio pairs well with deviled eggs, a classic Easter Sunday dish.
Easter Ham - pairs with Lot 66 Riesling
The salty, sweet nature of Easter ham begs for something cool, fruity and slightly sweet itself; and Riesling is just the ticket. This wine is light-bodied and intensely flavored with just enough tartness to match the honey glaze of this classic main course.
Roasted Vegetables and Salad topped with Goat Cheese - pairs with Lot 33 Rosé
Spring showers means it’s time to stop and smell the rosé. Lot 33 Rosé is a quintessential southern French, dry-but-fruity style rosé, and it’s hard to find a food that this wine doesn’t enhance. But if you’re looking for the perfect accompaniment for roasted vegetables and salads topped with tangy goat cheese, look no further than Lot 33.
Roasted Lamb - pairs with Lot 94 Cabernet Sauvignon
Red meats like lamb call for boldly flavored, structured wines. Cabernet Sauvignon offers just that. A smooth, savory wine like Cabernet will fit right in with your meat course and temper the richness and texture of lamb.
The Mixed Bag - pairs with Lot 75 Pinot Noir
Lot 75 Pinot Noir is one of our favorite food pairing wines, as it harmonizes with many different flavors. If you’re making the most of what you have on hand this year like we are, you really can’t go wrong with this wine because it is incredibly versatile and drinkable.
The Every Hostess’ tips for an easy Easter at home:
- Set the Scene: Use what you have on hand as far as tableware - if you have fun colorful napkins, paper plates or festive glasses, add those in. It’s still worth setting the table to not only feel a sense of normalcy but also get into the Easter spirit. And who even says they have to match? Just have fun with it!
- Support local businesses: Call up your local florist and order a flower arrangement for delivery - ask for a pastel color palette and something festive for spring. Or if you’re already planning to venture out to the grocery store, grab some pretty blooms to bring a splash of color to the table.
- Keep it simple: Pre-made items from the grocery store are easy to grab so you’re in and out of the store quickly. Head to the bakery department and pick up themed cookies, cinnamon rolls, or whatever else you can find. If you don’t have a trip to the store planned, there are tons of easy recipes to make using pantry staples and leftover ingredients you likely have in the fridge! Think a simple risotto, frittata or pasta dish. Need ideas? Check out The Every Hostess blog here.
- Stay cozy and comfy: Put on your daytime loungewear or pastel pajamas and make a day out of making your Easter meal, drinking 90+ Cellars wine and setting a festive table with whatever you have on hand. This year is no doubt going to be a little different, but it can (and should!) still feel special.