This is the weekend of holidays and I like to think it’s the beginning of spring. Here are Easter and spring sparklers to enjoy with the spring holiday foods you will be enjoying with family and friends.
Though we had a very mild winter here, it’s always nice to look forward to bright sunny days, the fragrant spring flowers, and taking time to enjoy the beauty that nature provides.
Many will be celebrating the holiday with meals that blend sweet and savory flavors of spring ham and vegetables. There is never a perfect wine for all the foods we are serving but there is always a sparkling wine to enjoy.
Sparkling wines are often thought of as a wine just for celebrations. That is true especially when you consider every meal with family and friends should be a celebration. It doesn’t have to be for a special occasion.
A very food-friendly wine that has crisp acidity you can serve sparkling wine with a variety of dishes. The acidity is a perfect match for hot/spicy dishes; fried foods; cold salads with citrus or vinaigrette dressing; and it tames the sweetness in the glazes on the ham.
There are many affordable sparkling wines to choose for the holiday. There are pink varieties of sparkling wine; there’s Spanish Cava, Crémant, or Prosecco. These are widely available in most major markets.
If you prefer just a crisp white wine choose a Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, or Gewurztraminer. These whites are known for their crisp acidity and are also very food friendly.
For the red wine lover a fruit forward Zinfandel can be a good match for the sweet glazed ham.
Don’t hesitate to ask the salesperson in your local wine store for assistance. They are very knowledgeable and will be happy to help you select a wine you prefer.
Don’t stress over choosing the perfect wine. The best pairing is food and family which makes the wine just perfect. Remember “it’s a matter of taste!”