if you’re anything like me, you’re looking forward to a nice long 4 day weekend. Spending time with family, eating a bucket load of chocolate and indulging in a succulent cut of lamb with all the trimmings. We never need an excuse to get the apron out and cook up a storm, but Easter provides one. However like with every meal, deciding on which wines to serve is always important. You don’t want your wine to overpower the beautiful subtle flavours you’ve worked so hard to create, but at the same time you don’t want your wine to be forgotten. After all, if you didn’t really care about the wine, you probably wouldn’t be reading this blog post.
If you’re keeping to tradition by serving a nice cut of lamb, you have several wine options available. In fact, we’d argue that Lamb is the easiest meat to pair wine to, it’s at home with more delicate flavours from the old world, but stands up to the fruit-forward flavours of a Chilean Cabernet from the Maipo Valley. Whenever I’m serving lamb with all the trimmings, I’ll elect for a good Rioja with plenty of character. My Easter lamb is slow roasted over hours to develop all those juicy flavours, as such I prefer a wine with a little depth, and Rioja fits the bill perfectly. However, lighter reds like a good Pinot Noir will also do the job.
My favourite red-wine variety is Malbec, and more specifically Argentinian Malbec, after all, they do own over 75% of all the Worlds acres of the fantastic grape. You have lovely flavours of blackberry and plum with medium acidity and medium tannin, which happens to work wonders with a good cut of lamb. If you have a particularly fatty cut of meat then you want to aim for a wine with slightly higher tannins as they act as a palate cleansing astringent.
If you want to try something a little bit different, why not elect for one of Portugals finest grape varieties, Touriga Nacional, a wine that was historically used as a blending component in the production of ports, but who’s reputation as a single dry red-wine has been steadily growing for some time. It’s a full-bodied red with a flavour profile of blueberry’s and plums and you’ll usually find it hailing from the Douro or the Dão regions. Trust us when we say it will make your lamb sing as a partner.
The World really is your oyster when it comes to pairing a wine with your dinner. The important thing is you love your wine and you love your food.