Spring has sprung, and Easter is hopping in! But before you scramble the eggs, take a moment to plan the perfect pairing for your Easter feast. This year, raise a glass to delightful flavor combinations. From ham-tastic pairings to brunch-worthy sips, we’ve got the ultimate guide to Easter wines that will make your celebration sing!

Best Wines to Pair with Easter Brunch

Easter brunch is a delightful mix of sweet, savory treats and culinary traditions. From the smoky richness of glazed ham to the delicate sweetness of hot cross buns, each dish carries a story. 

So, let’s navigate those dish traditions, pairing the perfect wine for a truly memorable Easter feast.

Egg and Wine Pairing

Easter egg dishes are a delightful way to celebrate the season, bringing joy, flavor, and symbolism to the table. 

Tangy deviled eggs, quiche, soft scrambled, poached, baked, or Sardou-style, these egg-centric dishes take center stage on Easter tables. Pairing them with wines adds a touch of uniqueness to the feast.

However, eggs can be a wildcard in wine pairing. Their rich yolks and creamy textures can clash with some wines. 

But fear not! We’ve cracked the code, revealing a few types of wines that beautifully complement this Easter brunch staple.

Here’s a breakdown of some popular Easter brunch dishes and their ideal wine companions: 

French Toast

This dish, topped with dried fruit, jam, cheese, and bacon, begs for a touch of red. Explore wines like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, or Pinot Noir. Their bold character complements the richness of the eggs and toppings. The smooth texture and fruity notes of Pinot Noir also complement the sweetness of the toast without overpowering the egg. 

Huevos Rancheros

Huevos Rancheros, translated as ranched eggs, is a traditional Mexican breakfast and is also an Easter favorite. It features fried eggs and crispy fried corn tortillas and is topped with a tangy, spicy tomato chili sauce. Sometimes,  this dish is complimented by refried beans, cheese or even meat.

Pair Huevos Rancheros with a wine that can handle the bold flavors that complement the dish’s spiciness and balance the richness of the eggs.

While Cabernet Sauvignon is a classic choice that complements its bold taste, there are also some other exciting options.

A wine that can tame the spice like Grenache. The acidity in Grenache wine works well to balance out the spiciness of chili sauce. This juicy red wine has a refreshing taste with flavors of strawberry, cherry, peach, citrus, and cinnamon. 

Chianti Wine is chill-able, can be served as is, and also works wonderfully with Huevos Rancheros. The red wine will never clash with tomato sauce. Plus, it complements the creaminess of the eggs without feeling overwhelming.

Think Sauvignon Blanc, but with more seaside breeze. Albariño, a Spanish white wine, is bone dry with invigorating acidity. It boasts a delightful combination of citrus flavors, a touch of salinity like the ocean, and a crisp, lingering finish – perfect for Huevos Rancheros.

This refreshing summer wine shines with bright acidity and minerality. The acidity cuts through the heat, making it a perfect match for spicy dishes. Paired with tortillas, the citrus notes offer a refreshing contrast, while the long finish keeps you wanting more.

Don’t be afraid to experiment! So, raise a glass and celebrate the perfect pairing for this Mexican breakfast masterpiece.

Pesto Scrambled Eggs

While scrambled eggs are a breakfast staple, their delicate nature requires a thoughtful wine pairing. A crisp and lively wine is key. Cava, a Spanish sparkling wine with its bright acidity and citrus notes, cuts through the richness and complements the dish’s freshness. 

Alternatively, a Blanc de Blancs Champagne offers a creamy texture to match the eggs, while its acidity and hints of green apple are a refreshing counterpoint. 

Pesto scrambled egg is a protein-packed dish, so a full-bodied red wine can also be your best friend. Opt for a wine with hints of black pepper, dark fruit, and chocolate, like a Cabernet Sauvignon, Kiss My Chocolate wine or Pinot Noir. These bolder flavors will beautifully complement the pesto’s earthy notes and the creamy richness of the eggs.

Spinach Omelet

Easter brunch wouldn’t be complete without a light and flavorful dish like a spinach omelet. 

Forget the heavy reds and bold whites – a delightful rosé is the perfect partner for your omelet. Rosé wines offer the smoothness and subtle weight of a light red yet retain a refreshing acidity like a white. 

The range of aromas is a delightful bonus, with hints of fruit and floral notes that complement the savory flavors of an omelet. Start your meal with a glass of rosé as an aperitif, letting its crispness awaken your palate.

For classic omelets with fillings like cheese or herbs, a Blanc de Blancs sparkling wine takes the crown. Made entirely from Chardonnay grapes, it mirrors the creaminess of the eggs while its lively bubbles cut through the richness.

Craving a heartier omelet? Embrace bolder flavors! If your omelet is packed with mushrooms, bacon, or chorizo, a young Rhône red or a Rioja will stand up to the savory ingredients without overpowering.

Looking for something lighter? Don’t be afraid to venture beyond wine! A Belgian witbier (white beer) known for its refreshing citrus notes is a delightful match for lighter omelets.

Bonus: Deviled Eggs & Fruit Punch Wine

This unexpected pairing is a match made in heaven! The Fruit Punch wine’s natural fruitiness complements the creamy deviled egg filling. Its acidity cuts through the richness, while the complex flavors of tropical fruits perfectly match the sweet paprika and spices.

Ham and Wine Pairing

Easter dinner wouldn’t be complete without a juicy ham as the centerpiece. Ham boasts a complex flavor profile, ranging from sweet and salty to smoky and savory, depending on preparation. This versatility allows for a variety of wine pairings to complement the specific notes of your chosen ham. But with so many flavor variations in ham, choosing the right wine can be a challenge. 

So, here are our wine pairing tips on how to create a harmonious pairing between your Easter ham and a delightful bottle of wine.

Sweet-Salty Hams

Gewürztraminer is an excellent wine choice to pair with ham. Its zesty flavor has hints of floral and tropical fruits, as well as pepper, which perfectly balances out the sweet and salty taste of the ham. Gewürztraminer goes well with honey-glazed or herb-infused hams. One great option for this type of wine is the Slug Bug Gewürztraminer from Fat Ass Ranch Winery & Brewery, which costs $28. It’s one of the most affordable bottles.  A bright, dry white wine with just the right amount of acidity.

Savory or Smoked Hams

Acidity plays a key role in pairing with savory or smoked hams. Pinot Noir is a fantastic choice. This light-bodied red wine offers a delightful balance of fruitiness and earthiness, with silky tannins that won’t overpower the ham’s flavor. 

Texas Pinot Noirs, with their delicate red berry aromas, are a great option, complementing the sweetness of the ham while contrasting its saltiness. Fat Ass’ Pinot Noir wine is a luxurious and complex Texas red wine that is priced at $32. It perfectly balances fruitiness and finesse, showcasing the true character of the region.

Brown Sugar-Glazed Hams

Brown sugar adds a touch more sweetness compared to honey-glazed hams. To complement this richness, consider a sweeter wine. For red wines, explore options with notes of spice and chocolate, like Fat Ass’ Kiss My Chocolate Bottle. These notes will enhance the sweetness of the glaze while still contrasting the ham’s saltiness.

Bonus: Our Ham and Wine Pairing Tips

Prioritize the ham’s flavor profile when selecting your wine. You should also consider the full menu. If your Easter menus feature rich or creamy dishes, a wine with higher acidity will help cut through that richness and complement the ham more effectively. Your guests’ preferences also matter. So, if they primarily enjoy red wines, choose a red wine that pairs well with ham, like Pinot Noir or Zinfandel.

Don’t forget to experiment with different wine choices to find the perfect pairing for your Easter feast. 

Vegetables and Wine Pairing

Easter dinner celebrates spring’s bounty, and vegetables stand alongside the main course. But what if you want to elevate your meal with a delightful wine pairing? 

Here’s a guide to match your Easter veggies with the perfect glass of wine.

Roasted Asparagus and Delicate Wines

The fresh, grassy notes of asparagus deserve a wine that complements them, not overpowers them. Opt for a crisp Sauvignon Blanc, bursting with citrus and green apple aromas. Its bright acidity will cut through the slight bitterness of asparagus, creating a refreshing harmony.

Roasted Vegetables and White Wines

If your Easter feast features a colorful array of roasted vegetables, a versatile white wine like a Viognier is your best friend. With its rich stone fruit flavors and a touch of floral character, Viognier can stand up to the variety of flavors.

Creamy Scalloped Potatoes & Rich Whites or Rosés 

The creamy richness of scalloped potatoes deserves a wine with enough body to complement it. Consider a lightly oaked Chardonnay, offering buttery notes that echo the creaminess of the dish. Alternatively, a dry rosé with its subtle fruitiness, can provide a refreshing contrast to the richness.

Chicken and Wine Pairing

Chicken is one of the most versatile meats when it comes to wine pairing. Because there are so many ways to prepare chicken, there are many different wines that can complement the dish.

Light Vs. Dark Meat

As a general rule, white meat such as chicken or turkey breast pairs well with lighter-bodied wines like Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc. Their crisp acidity cuts through the protein, leaving a refreshing finish. For bolder dark meat flavors like duck, go well with medium-bodied reds such as Pinot Noir or Zinfandel. Their fruitiness complements the richness of the meat.

Cooking Style and Wines

Picking the right wine for your chicken dish goes more than just white or red. For lighter sauces with lemon or herbs, Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio brings out the freshness. 

Richer preparations like chicken piccata or Marsala call for a Chardonnay or Pinot Noir to match their depth. 

Bold flavors in fajitas or stir-fry welcome a Riesling or Gewürztraminer, but be aware that their strong aromas might overpower the subtle chicken. 

If you still want these wines, choose a chicken dish with a robust sauce or seasoning. 

Even lighter-bodied reds with low tannins can be fantastic with chicken. Pinot Noir, Gamay, or Beaujolais are all good options. Finally, a dry or off-dry rosé can be a versatile choice that complements many chicken dishes.

Spicy Chicken and Sweet Wines

Spicy chicken dishes crave wines with a touch of sweetness to tame the heat. Opt for off-dry Riesling or Pinot Gris or a fruity rosé. These wines will complement the spice without diminishing the chicken’s flavor.

Wines for Gravad Lax

Gravad lax, the cured salmon jewel of Scandinavia, boasts a flavor profile. The marinade, often featuring dill and citrus, adds a layer of complexity to the fish. To find the perfect pairing, explore crisp white wines. 

A Sauvignon Blanc, possibly blended with Semillon, offers a refreshing balance. The Sauvignon Blanc’s acidity cuts through the richness, while the Semillon adds body and texture. 

Grüner Veltliner, an Austrian white known for its peppery notes and minerality, beautifully complements the citrus. Alternatively, drier Rieslings, with their vibrant acidity pair well with the flavors of marinade. 

Remember, this is just the beginning of your exploration! Don’t be afraid to experiment and discover your own perfect salmon and wine symphony.

Our Texas Wines That Will Make Your Easter Brunches More Than a Meal

Skip the usual this Easter. Elevate your gathering and forget the ordinary mimosa routine. Why not add a touch of Texas feel to your brunch table? 

Our Texas wines are here to turn your brunch into something truly special. 

Sweet Wines

Strawberry Fields Wine

Texas Strawberry Field Wine

Imagine biting into a perfectly ripe Texas strawberry. 

We captured the essence of this fruit in a bottle. Our Strawberry Fields Wine is a delightful semi-sweet blush, bursting with fresh strawberry aromas and flavors. It pairs beautifully with fluffy ricotta pancakes drizzled with maple syrup or a fresh fruit salad.

Country Peach Wine 

Our Country Peach Wine captures the summertime taste, sweetness, and juicy goodness of Texas peaches in a delightful way.

Country Peach Wine - Texas Wines

This medium-bodied wine offers a perfect balance of peach sweetness and a touch of crisp acidity, making it the perfect companion to glazed ham or Easter creamy casseroles.

Watermelon Wine

As refreshing as a cool summer breeze, our Watermelon Wine is a delightful surprise. This light and fruity wine offers a burst of watermelon flavor, perfectly complemented by subtle floral notes. Pair it with a chilled avocado toast topped with feta cheese or a plate of assorted melon slices for a refreshing brunch experience.

Blueberry Lemonade Wine

Looking for a touch of whimsy? Look no further than our Blueberry Lemonade Wine.

Bottle and glass of Fat Ass Blueberry Lemonade wine - best Texas wines

This delightful blend is a symphony of sweet blueberries and tart lemonade flavors, creating a refreshingly unique taste. It pairs wonderfully with fluffy blueberry pancakes drizzled with lemon curd or a light and airy lemon ricotta cake.

Festive and Fruity for the Crowd

Fruit Punch Wine

Embrace the spirit of celebration with our sweet Fruit Punch Wine. The perfect blend of juicy fruits offers a delectable mix of sweetness and tartness, bringing the taste of a festive punch to your table. It’s the perfect choice for a mimosa or spritzer, adding a touch of fun to any brunch gathering.

Texas Red Wine

A Texas brunch classic, our Texas Red Wine Wine is bursting with flavor. Made with a blend of red wine, fresh fruit juices, and a touch of brandy, it offers a delightful mix of sweet and tart notes with a hint of spice.

Serve it chilled alongside a tapas platter or a plate of chorizo and eggs for a truly authentic brunch experience.

Don’t Forget the Classic

Pinot Noir Wine

For those who prefer a dry wine option, our Pinot Noir is a fantastic choice. This light-bodied red boasts notes of red berries, with a touch of earthiness and a smooth finish. It pairs beautifully with herb-roasted chicken or smoked salmon quiche, adding a touch of elegance to your Easter brunch.

We Wish Your Next Easter a Happy One Filled with Joy And Gratitude!

Cheers to a delicious and delightful Easter celebration! With these wine pairing tips, you’re sure to find the perfect bottle to elevate every dish at your next Easter feast. 

So, raise a glass, enjoy the company of loved ones, and savor the flavors of Spring at Fat Ass Ranch. Don’t forget to explore our online wine store or visit our tasting room to find the perfect Easter wine for your table.

Happy Easter!