Ray Isle (@islewine on Twitter) is Food & Wine's executive wine editor. We trust his every cork pop and decant – and the man can sniff out a bargain to boot. Take it away, Ray.
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. When the kids amble home from the annual Easter egg hunt and suddenly you’ve got 15 hard-boiled eggs on hand, who cares if they’re covered in colorful stripes and spots? You still have to eat the things, right?
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. That’s a tall order. It’s like looking for fat-free pork belly, or a modest politician.
But 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 Juvé y Camps Brut Rosé Cava Pinot Noir ($16)
NV Mionetto Cuvée Rosé 1887 ($18)
NV Scharffenberger Brut Rosé ($25)
NV Roederer Estate Brut Rosé ($28)
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