Picking the right wine for your Easter dinner is easy, but what goes well with those Peeps and peanut butter eggs? These wine pairings will take your Easter candies to a whole new level.
1. Marshmallow Peeps
A sparkling wine – an off-dry prosecco or a demi-sec Champagne with a hint of sweetness – will enhance both the flavor and texture of your marshmallowy yellow baby chicks and hot pink bunnies.
Recommendation: La Marca Prosecco, Veneto, Italy, NV
2. Milk Chocolate Bunny
A fruity, semi-sparkling Italian red wine like Brachetto d’Acqui will accompany your hollow, milk chocolate Peter Rabbit perfectly. It also pairs nicely with your sugary orange carrot.
Recommendation: Vigne Regali Rosa Regale Brachetto d’Acqui, Piedmont, Italy, NV
3. Jelly Beans
A citrusy wine with a hint of sweetness – an off-dry riesling or chenin blanc – will complement the flavors and sweetness of these colorful sweets.
Recommendation: Dr. Loosen Riesling Kabinett Erdener Treppchen, Mosel, Germany, 2014
4. Cadbury Creme Eggs
For many, this is the quintessential Easter candy. A milk chocolate shell encases a creamy, unctuously sweet filling, colored to mimic a real egg. An orange muscat stands up to its texture and sweetness and complements its unique flavors.
Recommendation: Quady Essensia Orange Muscat, California, 2014
5. Reese’s Peanut Butter Egg
With its classic Reese’s peanut butter center encased in decadent milk chocolate, this is a peanut butter lover’s most coveted Easter confection. The perfect pairing is an aged tawny port that mirrors and complements its nutty flavors.
Recommendation: Fonseca Tawny Port 20 Year Old, Portugal, NV
Stephanie Miskew is a certified sommelier, wine educator and proprietor of The Wine Atelier, an online wine boutique. She also runs the The Glamorous Gourmet, a website dedicated to wine and entertaining.