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Wines to drink for Easter

By Halliday Wine Companion

20 Mar, 2024

Whether it's Sunday lunch, toasted hot cross buns or a chocolate egg or two – follow these tips and tricks for the perfect Easter food and wine pairing.

Easter is a time for gathering with family and friends, taking a well-deserved break, and indulging in seasonal treats. Here are the dishes that feature most during the holiday, coupled with the wines that complement them best.

Wines for Good Friday

Many fish dishes are enjoyed throughout Easter, particularly on Good Friday. The way you prepare your fish – either with herbs and spices, grilled with lemon, or deep-fried in batter –will determine which wine you choose. Chardonnay is a great choice thanks to the diverse styles you can find: try leaner examples with lighter dishes (grilled or baked), and fruit-forward, lightly-oaked versions with richer flavours (fried).  

Wines to pair with hot cross buns

Almost every bakery will be offering its take on the classic hot cross bun — when devouring them, enjoy a glass of Australian sparkling wine on Easter morning. Sherry will also further emphasise the spice and dried fruit of the HCBs.

Hot cross buns

Wines for Easter Sunday

For many, a Sunday lunch with a show-stopping main and a variety of sides is a feature of Easter. Roast lamb is a popular option, providing an opportunity to open some rich, structured wines. The tannin of these wines can cut through the fattiness of the meat for a balanced companionship. Cabernet sauvignon is an Easter Sunday classic (regardless of whether you celebrate over lunch or dinner).You can also try tempranillo, featuring berry and leather notes, or nebbiolo, with its cherry and anise.

Wines for Easter side dishes

Common side dishes enjoyed with Easter mains include cheesy potato gratin and roasted pumpkin. With these comfort-style foods, try sparkling wines with the acidity to refresh the palate — prosecco is an especially good choice. If you’re introducing honey-glazed carrots or asparagus to the menu, a fresh riesling or sauvignon blanc will work well.

Wines to pair with chocolate

Easter would not be complete without baked goods and chocolatey treats. For the dozens of Easter eggs that are gifted and received, there's no better pairing than chocolate and fortified wine. Take a look at our Halliday award-winning styles here for some ideas. 

Discover more food pairing guides – plus lots of wine-related tips and tricks – with our Halliday Resources hub.