How to Get Drunk This Easter, Depending on What Type of Meat You Eat

Easter is fast approaching, and whether you’re serving ham, lamb, or just eating Reese’s eggs and hollow bunnies, you’ll probably want a drink at some point. Wine is always a good reason to celebrate – something about opening the cork seems festive – and here are some pairing tips:

  • If serving lamb: Lamb has a rich, meaty, slightly wild flavor that many bolder and drier red wines can handle, so don’t be afraid of “bigger” bottles. The smoky, oak-aged Argentine malbec is sure to sing alongside grilled lamb shank – Argentines are very good at this ‘grilled meat’ – but if you’re grilling and serving with a wine sauce, Fionna Beckett of Matching Food & Wine recommends a “younger wine with more fruity notes, such as a younger red Bordeaux, Cabernet or a Cabernet / Merlot blend, Rioja reserve, Chianti Classico or northern Rhone red. ” Of course, unless you are trying to impress a true wine expert, no one will complain if you serve Cabernet Sauvignon bottle after bottle. Tannin red is a classic pairing with rich red meat for a reason, and that’s because it tastes good.
  • If you’re slicing ham: There are many options to choose from when it comes to pairing wine with cured pork, but knowing which type of ham you’re going to serve can help narrow things down. Wine Folly has a wealth of information on this topic , but the bottom line is that if you choose a smoky, savory ham, you’ll want a “medium bodied, moderately acidic fruity red” like Grenache. red, Zinfandel (not “white” Zinfandel), Oregon (or other “new world”) Pinot Noir, or a bottle of darker rosé. If you serve sweet ham (for example, honey glazed), you will also want sweet wine. Riesling, Chenin Blanc, and white Zinfandel are all lightly toasting, but if you absolutely want red, Wine Folly notes that “you will probably get away with newer reds, including Australian shiraz, South African pinotage and American Petite Sirah.” …

However, if you want to completely eat chocolate eggs and marmalade, it is obvious to me that you are the type of people who live by their own rules and you are going to drink as hell as you want. So I don’t have a pair for you, and I just suggest that you drink what seems right to you.

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