You’ve got your ham, or you’ve got your lamb. When it comes to Easter dinner, at least in the U.S., these are the main courses people gravitate toward. But there’s also one other inescapable Easter food: the egg.
So, looking at it that way, the ideal all-purpose Easter wine should be good with ham and good with lamb and good with eggs. Moreover, it should be festive. And, ideally, not too pricey.
For me, there is one answer out there, and it’s sparkling rosé. Sparkling wines tend to work well with salty foods like ham. The richer fruit of a rosé will give it enough substance to go with lamb, and the wine’s acidity (plus the light rasp of the bubbles) makes it one of the few types of wine that go well with eggs.
Rosé sparkling wines are made all over the world these days, or at least all over the winemaking world, and they’ve become increasingly popular in recent years. Here are a few excellent possibilities.
NV Zardetto Spumante Rosé ($15)
The well-known Prosecco producer Zardetto makes this strawberry-scented rosé from the little-known Raboso Veronese grape, a fairly acidic variety that gives this wine its appealing zestiness.
NV Juvé y Camps Brut Rosé Cava Pinot Noir ($16)
Deep pink in color, this 100 percent Pinot Noir sparkler from Spain’s Penedès region has fresh apple notes and a savory finish.
NV Mionetto Cuvée Rosé 1887 ($18)
A modest level of alcohol (11 percent, as compared with 14 percent for many California table wines) and appealing currant and citrus notes make this rosé from Prosecco producer Mionetto a great throughout-the-dinner pour.
NV Scharffenberger Brut Rosé ($25)
Grapes from California’s cool, ocean-influenced Anderson Valley form the backbone of this elegant, creamy, salmon-colored rosé.
NV Roederer Estate Brut Rosé ($28)
Vividly crisp, with classic yeasty/bready notes, this California sparkling rosé from Champagne’s Roederer group (which makes Cristal, among other things) is impressively complex.
I hope this helps! Enjoy your Easter Sunday and many Blessings!