Egg-cellent Easter Pairings – The Perfect Food and Wine Matches at Oliver’s Market

Easter is upon us, and we here at Oliver’s Market have selected our top 3 wines and top 3 foods (one is a cheese!) that need to be front and center on your Easter table. We have your classic ham and lamb, paired with Rosé and Pinot Noir respectively, plus an awesome cheese paired with Sauvignon Blanc. Stop by your neighborhood Oliver’s Market today and give one of these delicious pairings a try!

Sauvignon Blanc

When you think of Easter, and more specifically wines for Easter, Sauvignon Blanc may not be your first thought, however it works in so many ways. Sauvignon Blanc is typically one of the first varietals released each vintage, so it’s bright, vibrant and crisp citrus flavors make it a match for cheeses, fresh green salads, or enjoyed as an aperitif on its own.

Our Sauvignon Blanc pick is the 2014 St. Supéry Sauvignon Blanc.  There are brilliant pale yellow hues speared with youthful hints of green. Aromas are rich and enticing, with notes of grapefruit, green lime and citrus tones coupled with a vibrant note of lychee. Flavors present incredible intensity of grapefruit, lime and lemon zest, all with a subtle thread of fennel and a crisp, clean finish. On sale this week for $13.99 a bottle!

The perfect cheese for the St. Supéry is the Robiola Rocchetta. A cow, sheep and goat’s milk cheese made in Tuscany, Robiola Rocchetta sports a bloomy rind and is runny and luscious at peak ripeness. Rocchetta pairs with a wide variety of wines from sparkling wines, to Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and even milder red wines like an Italian Dolcetto. On sale this week for $19.99 a pound!

Rosé

Rosé. Yes, it’s an excellent choice for pairing with ham if that’s what will be the star of your Easter Sunday meal. In between a white and a red wine in both weight and flavor, this crisp, slightly acidic and fruity wine is a great companion to everything on your table. Rosé would also work wonderfully as a start to the Easter Sunday gathering.

Our Rosé pick is the 2015 Martin Ray Rosé of Pinot Noir. This wine blossoms with a complex and fruit-driven nose and palate, highlighting tropical and citrus notes such as blood orange, kiwi, and passion fruit, with hints of watermelon and orange crème. It has well-balanced, refreshing acidity around the edges and a clean refined finish. On sale this week for $12.99 a bottle!

Our pick for ham is the Caggiano Company Half Ham. It is a bone-in ham from Petaluma. After learning the art of sausage making in New York, Richard Caggiano moved to Petaluma, California where he started the Caggiano Company in 1986. All Caggiano products are USDA inspected. The hams are cured for two weeks to insure the best flavor possible. On sale this week for $4.99 a pound!

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is an extremely versatile wine. A lighter bodied red wine, its bright acidity and mild tannin structure can match almost any dish on the Easter table. It will bring out the juiciness in lamb, and it also marries well with all green vegetables.

Our pick for Pinot Noir is the 2013 Scott Family Russian River Valley Pinot Noir.  The wine is soft and rich, with layers of cola, ripe raspberry, bright blueberry, cherry, dried tobacco, dark chocolate mint and a slight touch of forest floor. It is a silky, deeply colored and full-bodied wine, aged in 100% French oak, which adds a toasty vanilla character to the multi-layered finish. Double Gold medal winner at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair. On sale this week for $18.99 a bottle!

Our pick for lamb is the Superior Farms USDA Choice Leg of Lamb. Lamb is one of the most popular entrees for Easter. Because the leg meat is so tender and juicy, it is ideal for dry-heat cooking, roasting or grilling, but also stays very moist and delicious after long, slow braising. A delicate flavor, our Leg of Lamb is wonderful grilled with just salt & pepper as seasonings, but is also equally delicious with marinades, herbs & dry rubs. On sale this week for $9.99 a pound!

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