5 Wines to Buy for Easter
Every Easter, it’s the same thing, you’re on your way to a friend’s house for a dinner or a barbecue, you stop in at your favourite liquor shop to grab a bottle of wine, and there it is: a CLOSED sign.
Laws vary from state to state, but most Australian towns prohibit the sale of takeaway alcohol on Good Friday and Easter Sunday. So, if you have any amazing dinners or catch-ups planned for the long weekend, here are five wines that you should stock up on quickly, long before the long weekend.
Best for seafood on Good Friday - Riesling
The traditional meal on Good Friday in Australia is fish. If not, then it’s usually seafood-based. While some parts of the world may cringe at the thought, most Australians relish the holiday tradition, religious or not, as it’s a great chance to sample some of our amazing seafood!
Whether you plan on hosting dinner at your place or heading to a friend’s house, and whether you prefer a traditional fish dish, or with spicy sauce and herbs, you can’t go wrong with a chilled, Eden Valley Riesling with seafood.
Best for Unexpected Guests - Sauvignon Blanc
As hordes of Australian families hit the roads to visit friends and family over the Easter weekend, there’s a very big chance that someone you know will be driving near your house. So, it’s a good idea to keep a bottle of something light in the fridge, in case a quick catch-up graduates past tea and coffee.
Keep a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc chilled nearby. Not only is Sauvignon Blanc perfect as an aperitif, but it pairs perfectly with most cuisines, in case you have to rustle up some leftovers to feed your guests!
Best for a weekend BBQ – Cabernet Sauvignon
While Shiraz may often play the part of the hero at Australian barbecues, it cannot be denied that when you’re looking for a wine that pairs just as perfectly with a beef burger or a T-bone steak as it does with a pork sausage, it’s hard to beat a Cabernet Sauvignon.
Best for Brunch – Sparkling Moscato
As we’ve stressed previously , we’ve never told you what time of day to enjoy your wine.
If you’re heading to an Easter brunch over the long weekend, trust us on this, the playful bubbles and zesty notes of Sparkling Moscato pairs perfectly with the raisins and fruit rinds in traditional hot cross buns.
Best for dinner parties - Shiraz
Here’s where Shiraz gets to be the hero. Being such a popular varietal in Australia, Shiraz is the perfect wine to bring to a dinner party, because on the slim chance that it won’t pair well with the meal, the host will be more than happy to receive a bottle of Shiraz as a gift.
When you’re shopping for your Shiraz, choose something with big, berry flavours, and a bottle that will look good enough to act as a table centrepiece – or command attention at the gift table.
Whichever wines you choose, just make sure you get in early to beat the Easter trading restrictions, remember to have a safe and happy break, and we’ll see you next week.