Easter Treats And Their Wine Pairings
Posted on March 28 2018
By Tom Jenkins
This Easter weekend, thousands of us will overindulge in heaps of chocolate, hot cross buns, cake and the good old Sunday roast. But all of this eating requires something to wash it down with right? Worry no more I have the solution, WINE! And to make sure you don’t buy the wrong wine, here are some popular Easter treats and the wine to go with them.
Classic Milk Chocolate Easter Egg
The rule for this one is simple, pick a wine that will be as sweet if not sweeter than your chocolate. The orange marmalade notes of a Sauternes or a Tokaji Aszu 5 Puttonyos would compliment your Easter egg perfectly.
Top Tip: If you love Terry’s Chocolate Orange then this combination is a must try!
Hot Cross Buns
Hot cross buns are to Easter what mince pies are to Christmas, it’s not Easter until you’ve had one. These sweet buns tickle the taste buds with flavours of cinnamon and nutmeg. Smeared with butter, a glass of Muscat or Cream Sherry is the perfect tipple to wash these buns down.
Originally a Mother’s Day gift from daughter’s to their mother’s, Simnel Cake was to be eaten on Easter Sunday. It wasn’t until after the First World War that the cake was disassociated from Mother’s Day and became an Easter cake. It is decorated with eleven marzipan balls, representing Jesus' disciples minus Judas the traitor. Packed with wonderful fruit, fragrant spices, an almond paste to cover and gorgeous marzipan balls to top it off. A glass of sweet Sherry such as Pedro Ximenez (or a Pedro Ximenez blend) would harmonise perfectly with the concoction of ingredients and flavours of this festive cake.
Cadbury’s Creme Eggs
Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ll no doubt know what a Creme Egg is. Thick milk chocolate outer and a super sweet gooey core, Creme Eggs are a favourite that many indulge in. But, how can this chocolaty treat be enjoyed with wine? The key with this pairing is matching the weight of the Creme Egg with something equally as hefty. The answer, Tawny Port! A glass of Tawny Port will stand up to the richness of the egg and the stodgy fig, honey and caramel flavours make this wine and Creme Eggs a great combination.
Served medium-rare to well done, with garlic or rosemary, traditional roast veg and a wine or generic gravy. The way the majority of households would prepare a leg/shoulder of lamb for their Easter Sunday roast. But what wines go best with your roast? Fruity reds are a roast lambs friend. Choose from a young Bordeaux, Malbec, Syrah, Chianti Classico or Rioja Reserva for the perfect pairing.