Back at The Galez’ House, they are going to have their traditional Christmas log “Buche de Noel”. A
We all look forward to Easter, the lovely long break after Christmas and the cold winter months. It’s not spring yet, but it is getting milder, and everything is starting to bloom, and with Easter on the horizon, we can look forward to the long weekend indulging in good food and wine.
Easter is a time for celebration with your family and friends. We have put a list of traditional dishes we like to eat at Easter with our pairing recommendations.
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The classic fish on Good Friday
It is traditional to have fish on Good Friday. It doesn’t have to be just a simple conventional fish dish, depending on what you have planned on the day, a simple, tasty fish and chips, or if you have guests and want to wow them with a roasted seabass or a meaty salmon wellington. A spicy Keralan fish curry is also a great dish on Good Friday.
What to drink with fish?
For roasted seabass, champagne is a fantastic pairing, particularly Cuvée Alain from Champagne Thiénot.
A Salmon wellington needs an excellent Chardonnay or full bodied-white. We recommend the Bourgogne Chardonnay Vieilles Vignes from Domaine Gueugnon Remond. A white Rioja like Finca La Emperatriz is also a great match. A red Burgundy such as Gevrey Chambertin from Harmand Geoffroy would pair beautifully with red wine lovers.
An Alsace Riesling such as Riquewhir Riesling from Domaine Trapet perfectly matches spicy food and enhances your fish curry.
Aperitif and nibbles
The best celebrations kick off with bubbles, and we love starting with champagne Thiénot. Finesse, fruitiness and freshness is the signature style at Thiénot. It is Spring in the glass! Beautiful aperitif served with parmesan puff pastry twists or choux pastry gougeres.
It’s Easter, and therefore that means Spring is officially here! Spring means rosé. Vallon des Anges is a beautiful organic Provence rosé. It’s fresh, mineral, and complex—a beautiful aperitif on its own or with tapenade and other Sunkissed food.
Many of our wines are perfect for an aperitif. If you prefer a white, one of our favourites over the years is the Lugana La Conchiglia—fresh, mineral, and zippy with lovely apple and lemon aromas. For red lovers, a Loire red such as Nicolas de Bourgueil Le Clos or Barbera d’Alba from Mauro Molino are perfect examples of red wines to enjoy for an aperitif.
Traditional Easter-baked glazed ham
Another traditional Easter dish – is baked ham. Gewürztraminer will beautifully match the sweet and sour flavours of the baked ham. We recommend Riquewihr Gewürztraminer from Trapet with this dish.
If you want to match it with a red, try a delicate Pinot Noir like the elegant Pinot from Austrian winemaker Gottfried Mittelbach.
If you are vegetarian or have vegetarian guests, there are quite a lot of exciting veggie dishes that you can make for Easter. A mushroom wellington is always very impressive and delicious. It is also easier to make than a nut roast. Unless you have made nut roasts before and been successful, you can quickly go wrong making a nut roast and making it too dry.
Traditional Easter Lamb
If you are serving a spring lamb, we recommend a lighter red, such as St Nicolas de Bourgueil.
We recommend sticking to a fuller red from Rhone or Bordeaux for roast lamb or leg of lamb. A classic full-bodied red like Châteauneuf-du-Pape would go a treat with the lamb for Rhone.
Château Le Boscq Saint Estèphe Cru Bourgeois is a fantastic match for lamb. Le Boscq is powerful and elegant at the same time and has extraordinary finesse. Concentrated, silky tannins – courtesy of the perfectly ripe Cabernet Sauvignon – are backed by juicy Merlot fruit. This will go a treat with your roast lamb and mature cheeses.
Traditional Easter cakes
The traditional cake served at Easter is the Simnel cake. A rich fruit cake can be heavy after a meal, so we prefer a light fruity cheesecake made with seasonal rhubarb or a crumble. But for the chocolate fans who want to indulge at Easter, the Easter nest cake is utterly delicious and the indulgence you want at Easter! A sweet wine such as Vouvray from Domaine De La Chataigneraie will go beautifully with any of these desserts.