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Guide to Wines for Easter & Passover

Guide to Wines for Easter & Passover

Sipping wine - the best tradition

Easter and Passover are close to our hearts as times of reflection, celebration, and feasting around the table with friends and family. While special traditions vary from home to home, being together for dinner is something we can all look forward to. To help you enjoy these meaningful occasions, we've created a guide to wine pairings for everything from glazed Easter ham to roasted lamb at Seder. We also offer some fun suggestions for gift ideas and tips on upcycling your leftover wine bottles.

Whatever your family celebrates this spring, we hope you’ll enjoy our take on the elements of a perfect celebration. 

Traditional Easter and Passover meals

A full Easter meal usually consists of glazed ham, lamb with rosemary, scalloped potatoes, and fresh spring vegetables. The Passover dinner, also known as Seder, often features lamb, roasted egg, a paste of fruit and nuts, matzo ball soup, and other traditional Jewish favorites. 

With your food menu set, what wine should be paired with such delicious and varied spreads? We’ve covered all the possibilities so wine drinkers can enjoy a little bit of everything. 

Wine pairing with ham

The way your ham is prepared will make a difference in what you choose to pair it with. While you can choose a white or red wine, or even rosé, your go-to wine might not be the best choice if it conflicts with the ham’s glaze or sauce. 

For salty ham, try a wine with higher acidity like a dry Riesling or Pinot Gris. The acidity will cut through the salt and fattiness of the ham, giving you a balanced but robust taste. If you’re preparing your ham with a sweet glaze, a slightly sweeter wine like Viognier with its soft, fruity flavor will complement the glaze nicely. For a spiced or smoked ham, you can’t go wrong with a red wine like Tempranillo or Pinot Noir

Wine Pairings for Ham - what wine to serve with ham?

Wine pairing with lamb

Red wine is a common choice for pairing with red meat, including lamb. There is a range of flavorful options depending on the type of lamb and how it’s cooked. 

A dry Cabernet Sauvignon or Syrah pairs well with roast lamb served medium or well done, whereas a slow-roasted shoulder of lamb would pair best with a medium-bodied Grenache. While white wine is rarely paired with lamb due to its lower acidity than red wine, a strong, flavorful white wine like Chardonnay can make a wonderful pairing. Even rosé Champagne is a delicious choice for young lamb, so the wine you choose is really up to your palate and main course.

Wine Pairing with Lamb, Red, White and Rose Recommendations

Wine pairing with potatoes and spring vegetables

If your meal is vegetarian or less meat-centric, scalloped potatoes and spring vegetables are sure to be on the table. The unoaked Italian white Verdicchio is the top choice for pairing with roasted vegetables like carrots and beets. A dry rosé or full-bodied Malbec pairs best with savory scalloped or mashed potatoes. 

No matter what your meal contains, you might as well have enough wine for it all. Try our Winemaker’s Selects flight for a little bit of everything. 

Wine Pairing for Spring Meals

Kosher wines for Passover

Wine for Passover is almost always kosher, which is Yiddish for “proper” or “fit.” While the most famous kosher wine producers are Manischewitz and Kedem, you can find other kosher wines by checking the label for a “U” in a circle for kosher and a “U” and “P” for kosher Passover wine. 

Kosher Symbols for Passover Wines

Wines for Spring

Since Easter and Passover are the official holidays of spring, it’s a great time to start adding to your wine collection for warmer weather. Light-bodied white wines will take the place of robust reds, with rosé making an appearance for picnics and afternoons on the patio. If it’s still a bit nippy outside, light red wines like Pinot Noir can be a good transition glass. Once the sun comes out, a chilled glass of Sauvignon Blanc or Prosecco make great additions to spring salads and seasonal fruits. 

Don’t forget to choose the right wine glass for the ultimate wine-sipping experience, and be sure to follow the five rules of wine tasting: See. Swirl. Smell. Sip. Savor. When all five senses are engaged, you’ve reached the mountaintop of the wine tasting. Relax and enjoy the view!

Gift & Craft Ideas

Passover Wine Gift Ideas

Gift giving during Passover and Easter might not be as common as other holidays, but from Easter baskets to Passover offerings, there are plenty of traditions that can involve gifts. 

For Passover, remember to bring something kosher if it’s edible or potable. Food and drink cannot be prepared with utensils that have also touched leavened foods (unless deemed appropriate for Passover), so if you want to be on the safe side, go with store-bought selections. Labels will say “Kosher for Passover” or have the “P” symbol displayed on the packaging. Popular Passover gifts include flowers, kosher wine, kosher non-dairy candy, and fresh fruit. You can even make a Passover basket of assorted treats and wine!

Easter Wine Gift Ideas

For Easter, you can’t go wrong with a classic Easter basket that kids and adults will love. Most baskets include chocolate bunnies, Peeps, jelly beans, and dessert eggs like Cadbury’s or Reese’s Peanut Butter eggs. 

Although kids’ baskets might also include things like stickers and small toys, it’s the adult Easter basket where the real fun begins. Hide some mini wine bottles in plastic eggs for a surprise they’re sure to appreciate! You can also turn it into a full-fledged adult Easter egg hunt (just make sure that the wine-filled surprises don’t get lost or sit out in the sun too long)! 

Wine in Mini Bottles Make Easter Hunts Fun for Adults Too!

If you want to add a theme to your adult Easter basket, popular ideas usually include sports, makeup, gardening, and self-care. 

Upcycled Wine Bottle Easter and Passover Crafts

Using upcycled wine bottles is a great way to add something different to Easter and Passover crafts, and you can also use them for something creative after the celebrations have passed.

Along with dyed eggs, bunny ears, spring wreaths, and other Easter crafts, you can implement empty wine bottles into your Easter crafting, too.

For an easily themed home decor centerpiece, upcycle wine bottles into centerpieces filled with jelly beans and other small candies. It might not be so much a “craft” but more of a fun way to prolong an Easter theme after Easter Sunday. 

With some paint and pipe cleaner bunny ears, it’s easy to craft a wine bottle into a cute Easter bunny. And with mini bottles, you can even make little chicks or baby bunnies, too. Once your craft is complete, you can save it for Easter decor next year. We love an easy and sustainable craft! 

Turn a Mini Bottle into a Mini Bunny!

Looking for Passover crafts? Take an empty wine bottle and fill it with small bells or bottle caps. Shake it slightly and hear the sounds of Miriam’s tambourine singing at your Seder! And if you make a craft with sand or rice to represent the desert or Red Sea parting, save some in a bottle to keep the tradition in mind all year long. 

Upcycling Wine Bottles

While your options for holiday-specific crafts with wine bottles may be limited, the bottles can still be upcycled and put to good use in so many other ways. 

The easiest way to upcycle a wine bottle is to repurpose it as a vase for flowers. While you’ll only be able to fit a couple of long-stemmed flowers into one bottle, placing a few bottles of different sizes with a variety of flowers can make for a beautiful centerpiece. Don’t want to keep up with fresh flowers? Use painted tree branches or antlers for a fall or boho style. 

To upcycle wine bottles into storage or a gift, use the empty bottles to create your own hot sauce or cocktail mixer. A simple hot sauce can be made by filling the bottle with vinegar or oil and adding long peppers slit lengthwise. Make up a creative name for your new homemade hot sauce, and there you go! 

For another easy win, use your wine bottle to store a homemade Bloody Mary or Mimosa mixer. Almost any cocktail mix will work, and you’re set for your next brunch or dinner party. 

If you’re looking for an upcycling project on the wilder side, shake up a bottle of metallic spray paint and cover the glass bottle with gold, silver, or glitter. Other embellishments can be added to make a fun party piece for birthdays, New Year’s, or any occasion that calls for sparkle! 

If you’re a little more down-to-earth and steady with tools, a carefully crafted wine bottle bird feeder can be made from an empty wine bottle and wood scraps. Just make sure you carefully secure the bottle into the wooden panels. After it’s secured, fill it with seed, and enjoy delighting your backyard’s feathered friends! 

However you celebrate this Easter and Passover season, we hope it’s with friends and family enjoying traditions, especially when the new tradition is sipping wine!

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Rosé of Sangiovese


Sangiovese can be found in both the Chianti and Montalcino regions of Tuscany (it all sounds so romantic, right?) and is known for producing classic medium-bodied wines. Rosé wine is actually made from red grapes, and this is where the Rosé of Sangiovese comes to play. Crisp, fruit-forward, and easy-to-drink, it's everything you want in your bottle of Rosé and more.



Big, bold, and full of flavor—exactly what you’d expect an Italian wine to be! This classic Italian grape produces some of Italy’s most straightforward red wines and is often used as a blending grape. Not here, though. We let Montepulciano do the heavy lifting as a heavy red wine and shine on its own. If you enjoy the smell of leather bound books, nibbling on dried fruit, and complementary notes of bitter, dark chocolate and sweet plums, you will love this Italian wine. No need to pair it with any certain dish—Montepulciano tastes great with all the Italian classics.

Cabernet Sauvignon


If Pinot Noir is the light and juicy queen of reds, Cabernet Sauvignon is her bolder, heavier, meatier sister. Often referred to as just “cab,” it’s the wine of France’s Bordeaux and California’s Napa Valley. There’s nothing subtle about Cabernet Sauvignon—high in alcohol, full-bodied and robust, you can usually find this red served with a ribeye, New York Strip, or filet mignon (re: carnivores love cab). Classic cabs usually offer tasting notes of chocolate, coffee, and darker fruits like prunes and plums. The Unprecedented Cabernet Sauvignon is as classic as they come, and we highly recommend letting the bottle sit and mellow until your next red meat and potatoes dinner!

Pinot Grigio

La Pluma

If you’re looking for more zest in your life, a bottle of Pinot Grigio can provide that. We included a classic Pinot Grigio in the La Pluma collection because we’re all about light and easy here, which is exactly what this grape from Italy is. It has that dry sense of humor that seems so effortless with a punchy acidity to keep you on your toes, all while offering notes of lemon, limes, green apples, and honeysuckle. Long story short; when it’s been a heavy day and your soul is seeking light things only, you’ll be happy to have this bottle on hand.

Pinot Noir


We couldn’t create the In Good Taste Unprecedented collection without the Golden Retriever of wines: Pinot Noir. Pinot is likable, it’s easy, and its natural state of being is simply charming. It’s an incredibly easy red wine to love, which is why so many people do. The grape itself is from the Burgundy region of France, but has made its way to California, Oregon, Australia, Italy, Argentina, and Germany since. Our Pinot Noir has no surprise twists—it’s a classic light red with just the right amount of sweetness to keep you coming back for another glass (or two).

Coteaux Bourguignons


The Burgundy region of France is home to their best Pinot Noirs, but we took the grapes into our own hands to create something extra special with our Coteaux Bourguignons. It’s a blend of Pinot Noir and Gamay, which results in a French red that’s light in body but full in flavor. The ripest blueberries and freshest herbs can be easily detected in this French burgundy blend. May we suggest pairing it with some creamy brie and freshly baked bread? It’s a oui-ning combo.



A little sweet. A little tart. A little salty? You truly get it all with this white Italian wine. If you're into that biting acidity, Verdicchio will probably be high on your list of most-loved wines from our Andiamo collection. Citrus fruits like mandarin, lemon, and grapefruit are at the forefront, but what really sets this Italian wine apart is its distinct notes of almond. While our Verdicchio can start out tasting a bit tart, the more you sip, the smoother it becomes. In fact, we suggest approaching it as an aperitif (Italian for an alcoholic drink sipped before a meal to stimulate the appetite) to experience its full effect.


Côtes du Rhône White


This was one of our first French wines to join the Passport collection and one sip will explain why. Some background on the Rhône Valley in France: While this region is known for its dark, juicy reds, a very small amount of special white wines are made in the Rhône Valley. Our Côtes du Rhône is packed with French-perfected, floral flavor and Old-World charm. Its natural tang paired with the weighty Marsanne grape and aromatic Roussanne grape results in a crisp, savory sip that’ll transport you to a sunbathing chair by the Rhône itself.


Bordeaux Rouge


When you picture medieval folk sitting around a feast with goblets of wine, chances are they were drinking Bordeaux. This wine has been made in France since forever and is arguably the most classic French wine out there. Bordeaux is known for its full body, smoky notes, and rich, oaky taste. If you love cabs, chances are you will adore Bordeaux. For our Passport wines, we had to include this classic French red for you to sip and enjoy to your heart’s content. Best savored over a rich meal like lamb ragu, ratatouille, or BBQ.

Ventoux Rosé


You probably know that the Tour de France is held on Ventoux Mountain in France, but did you know that the same area is known for its high-altitude rosé? This is the kind of quintessential French rosé that you don’t need to spin your wheels over—it’s simply delicious, crisp, and perfect for warm weather. Despite its delicate, pale pink color, each sip is lush with flavor, from tropical passionfruit and zesty citrus to refreshing melon. This has the potential to be your new summer go-to, so we’d suggest stocking up.



Wild Child

Say “¡Hola!” to Spain’s main grape: Tempranillo. This red grape put Rioja wine on the map and is un vino tinto classico. It’s best compared to a classic cab, but with a bit more unique magic that’s hard to put your finger on, which is why it’s a part of our Wild Child line. This medium- to full-bodied wine with its relatively higher tannins usually offers complex notes of cherry, fig, cedar, tobacco, and dill. This is the type of red wine you want to buy and pour for a Latin-infused meal; think carne asada, tacos al carbon, or just perfectly cooked steak fajita meat.


La Pluma

We knew the only red in the La Pluma collection had to be exceptionally good and exceptionally light. That’s why including a Grenache was a no-brainer. If smooth, fruit-forward, light-bodied reds appeal to your tastebuds, this could be your new favorite. The grape itself is tricky; depending on the climate of where its grown, Grenache wines could be light, dense, or somewhere in the middle. La Pluma’s version has all the airiness and flavor notes we wanted in our Grenache, which is how we know you’ll love it. Get the most of this red by pairing it with roasted meats, spice-heavy vegetables, and Mexican-inspired dishes with lots of cumin.




This grape goes by different names in most European countries, but what remains the same is its fruity floral nature. Delicate in every way and extremely quaffable, this wine is as dainty as they come.



We really try not to play favorites at In Good Taste, but there is just something about an Italian Barbera that hits different in the best way. Barberas are the perfect wine for pizza night; they're low in alcohol, and medium-bodied but taste super light, and their berry and plum flavors pair incredibly well with savory tomato sauce and cheese! Another fun thing about Barberas? They actually taste great when chilled, which is not something we're in the habit of suggesting for our red wines. Our Italian Barbera lies somewhere between the body of a cab and a pinot and is the ideal choice for a "ladies who lunch" kind of afternoon.


Wild Child

We couldn't not have a weird white in the mix, right?! The Vermentino grape is native along the coast of Italy on the island of Sardinia (yeah, like the fish). Because of its origin, this grape offers a salty, crisp flavor that's incredibly easy to drink and enjoy. We say it's "weird" only because it's not widely known by name, but chances are you've probably had it before if you've ever ordered white wine in an Italian restaurant. If you love peaches and lemons and get a kick out of anything that reminds you of the sea, our Vermentino is the perfect Italian white to experience on a sunny day outside.




For the Chardonnay lovers who are looking to dig a bit deeper in the world of bold whites, a Viognier (pronounced vee-own-yay) could be your next big adventure. Viogniers tend to have more range; while they can be creamy with hints of vanilla like their Chardonnay counterpart, they also offer lighter, fruitier flavors like tangerine, mango, and honeysuckle. It’s still a more full-bodied white wine, but unlike Chardonnay, it’s softer on acidity and more perfumed. Spend an afternoon with a glass of Viognier amongst the flowers and it’ll all make sense.


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