Easter is a time to celebrate with family and friends. When meals are involved, the focus is often on a roasted ham or a nice leg of lamb. But what wines go best with these dishes? After all, hams are often prepared with a variety of glazes, aren't they? Read on!
No matter how sweet your ham’s glaze may be, ham is an inherently salty meat. Keeping this in mind, the best wines for any ham are Rieslings or Gewürztraminers. Both sweet wines complement the salty flavor of ham without impacting the taste of the glaze, or the taste of the wines themselves. If you’d prefer a more buttery mouth feel to accompany your glazed ham, a slightly oaked Chardonnay is also a possibility. For drinkers who prefer red wine, Red Zinfandel is a spot-on alternative; the bold presence of its fruit flavors will complement any sweet ham.
If you’re serving leg of lamb, consider a traditional pairing like Burgundy, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, or Merlot. You’ll want a wine that is fruity and acidic so that it complements your lamb (a meat with big flavor!), but does not subdue its flavor. If some guests want white wine, while others desire red, consider having two or more bottles of wine open simultaneously. Save any left over wine with the convenient WineKeeper 3-Bottle Executive for more relaxed enjoyment later in the evening. Cheers, and Happy Easter!