In partnership with Tussock Jumper Wines.
Easter is a cheerful day meant for celebrating with family and friends. Make your party shine with the right food and wine pairings, and you can do it with bottles under $20. From ham and lamb to Easter cake and pie, here’s a quick spring wine pairing guide from the wine experts at Tussock Jumper Wines.
BEFORE THE MEAL
Tussock Jumper Treviso DOC Prosecco, Italy $13
Start off your celebration with this light and bubbly wine. A crisp, refreshing Italian sparkler with notes of citrus flower, lemon zest, and green apples, it’s the perfect wine to prep your palate for the meal to come.
SALAD AND GREENS
Tussock Jumper Chenin Blanc, South Africa $12
Fresh and crisp, with a bit of grassiness and a floral nose, it’s the ideal wine for garden salads, spring artichokes, and fresh, brightly colored crudite platters.
EGGS AND QUICHE
Tussock Jumper Grenache Rosé, Vin de France $13
An omelet or quiche with bacon, spinach, mushrooms, and cheese tastes divine when paired alongside an elegant French rosé. With flavors of juicy red berries and a hint of spice, this south of France wine will have you dreaming of the Mediterranean –just be sure to buy more than one, as your crew may want it for the whole meal!
LAMB AND ROASTED MEATS
Tussock Jumper Organic Malbec, Argentina $14
So many red wines will go with lamb, but a Malbec with dark berries and a smooth finish is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. This organically grown Malbec from the San Juan Valley in Argentina is silky, full bodied, and packed with dark berries and spice. From steak and eggs to a rack of lamb, it’s a delicious complement to hearty dishes.
HONEY BAKED HAM
Tussock Jumper Sweet Cat Red Blend, Italy $11
Spring is in the air, so lighten up your wine style with a bright, fruity red blend. Made with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and a lesser known Italian grape called Corvina, succulent flavors of cherry jam, cinnamon, and raspberry complement the sweetness of the glazed ham.
DUCK AND POULTRY
Tussock Jumper Pinot Noir, Vin de France $12
If you’re planning to serve duck, pair it with a lighter red wine like French Pinot Noir. Complex in flavor with a berry and spice nose, this gold award winning wine has flavors of juicy red berries, cherry pie, and wild strawberries.
FISH AND SEAFOOD
Tussock Jumper Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand $12
Serving fish for Good Friday? A New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc will pair well with rich fish dishes, balancing out fatty cold water fish like salmon with its crisp acidity, and tropical notes of pineapple and grapefruit.
Tussock Jumper Chardonnay, Vin de France $12
Asparagus and Chardonnay might seem to be an unusual pair, but a Bordeaux style Chardonnay with light oak, bright acidity, and a crisp finish makes for a perfect partner. Top those slender stems with a creamy beurre blanc sauce to kick it up a notch.
CAKES AND DESSERTS
Tussock Jumper White Moscato, Spain $11
Pair desserts like orange pound cake, lemon pie, and raspberry cheesecake with a sweet sparkler from Valencia, Spain. Bright lemon in color with pearly bubbles, notes of mandarin peel and sweet, tropical notes will sweetly transport you to an entirely new level of holiday happiness.
A GLOBALLY SOURCED PORTFOLIO
As a gold medal award winning wine portfolio, Tussock Jumper Wines sources only the best limited production vintages each growing season from producers around the globe.
For the US market, the Tussock Jumper portfolio includes 24 wines from eleven different winemaking regions. Each of their wines are bottled at the source, capturing the best flavors and aromas from grape to glass.
To ‘bring your wine to life®’, Tussock Jumper has also developed an augmented reality app, with each regional ambassador ‘jumping’ off the bottle to help with wine pairings and recommendations. Download it free on the Play Store or iTunes.