Egg-Squisite Easter Pairings – The Perfect Food and Wine Menu

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 Pinot Grigio. Stop by your neighborhood Oliver’s Market today and give one of these delicious pairings a try!

Pinot Grigio

When you think of Easter, and more specifically wines for Easter, Pinot Grigio may not be your first thought, however, it works in so many ways. Pinot Grigio 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 Pinot Grigio pick is the 2017 Van Ruiten Pinot Grigio.  There are aromas of apple, nectarine, and melon. It is accompanied by flavors of pear, melon, and tangerine. The fruit flavors carry through the mid-palate and have great balance. The finish lingers with flavors of grapefruit and lemon. On sale this week for $8.99 a bottle!

The perfect cheese for the Van Ruiten is the Rosso di Langa. Made from Sheep and Cow’s milk, this supple, creamy cheese is washed during aging to impart the subtle savory notes of mushroom. The striking red rind will add a splash of color to your Easter table. On sale this week for $17.99 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 2017 Toad Hollow Dry Rosé of Pinot Noir. A fresh, crisp Rosé with complex flavors and body. A delicate cameo pink color hints at the bright and bracing character of this wine. Heady aromas of freshly sliced watermelon,  the most delicate of rose petals and honeysuckle blossoms lead to layered flavors of raspberry, white peach, and wild strawberry. It finishes fresh, with crisp acidity.

Our pick for ham is the Niman Ranch Bone-In Spiral Ham. 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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