Local Pairings for Easter “Peeps”

The below blog was written prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, and is designed to be used as inspiration for a future trip to Windsor Essex. Due to current circumstances, some of the locations listed in the blog may currently not be open, or may not be offering full services at this time.

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Though the Easter Holiday may look a bit different this year, we have some great local options that can be ordered for pick up or delivery to accompany your meal.

So from Good Friday Fish & Chips to Roast Lamb or Baked Ham on Easter Sunday and a basket full of sweet treats in between, let us guide you towards the perfect pairings for your holiday meal planning. Ensure to visit our EPIC and BBB Pick up and Delivery pages to order yours in time for Easter!

Oxley estate Winery 

Pinot Gris

For those serving fish on Good Friday, try to match its intensity of flavour with your wine.  Serve chilled, dry white wines such as this 2018 Pinot Gris pair delightfully with mild white fish such as tilapia or halibut while sweeter, sparkling wines should be paired with a salty fish dish such as the traditional fried fish & chips made with local perch.


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pelee Island estate winery

LOLA Cabernet Franc Rose VQA

In addition to numerous tasty side dishes, there are many great wines that pair perfectly with this extra-savoury meat. Roasted Ham, with its sweet-and-salty richness, pairs best with wines that have a touch of sweetness, plenty of acidity and bold fruit. Favorites include white wines like an off-dry Riesling or this crisp, refreshing Cabernet Franc Rose.


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North 42 Estate Winery

Cabernet-Sauvignon reserve

In general, lamb is a very wine-friendly food and works best with a smooth, powerful, full-bodied red wine.  Served either roasted or grilled, a classic match to Lamb would be a Cabernet- Sauvignon which runs aplenty here in Essex County. Just ensure to steer clear of the classic mint sauce with lamb—the vinegar in the sauce will spoil the taste of the wine!


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The Grove Brewhouse

Westcott Cream Ale

Cream Eggs and Ale? This Easter chocolate staple filled with white and yellow fondant meant to imitate an actual egg pairs delightfully with a cream ale like The Grove Brewhouse Westcott Cream Ale.  However, if you like something on the lighter side, pour yourself an ice cold Hefeweizen to accompany this sweet treat.

Pick yours up from The Grove taphouse fridge.


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Walkerville Brewing Co. 

easy stout

What is Easter without the sweet marshmallow treats known at Peeps?? Whether you like them soft and fresh or a little bit stale, the vanilla notes of this confection pairs nicely with the rich and robust Easy Stout from Walkerville Brewery.  This medium bodied brew has a subtle dark chocolate finish and a soft espresso note making it the ideal pint to pour this Easter.

Order yours online direct from Walkerville Brewery for pick up or delivery.


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Craft Heads Brewing Company

Sour batch Kids

With the hundreds of flavours of jelly beans, these are quite tough to pair! But don’t dismay as one of our local sour beers such as the Craft Heads Brewing Co. Sourbet Series of fruited sours or bottled Sour Batch Kids varieties can stand up to the challenge! They are low on hops but these sweet and sour brews pack just enough fruit flavour that satisfy your need for a sweet treat.

Available for order at Craft Heads website for pick up or delivery.


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So weather you are cooking a full Easter meal this year or simply having your own Adult Easter candy tasting, we have many great local EPIC Wines and Craft Brews that will pair nicely along whatever is on the menu.  Take advantage of contactless curbside delivery or pick up and welcome Spring with glass of something local.

To learn more about the 18 wineries in Essex County click here – featuring our EPIC Wineries Wine Route map & more. To learn more about our Barrels Bottles and Brews craft breweries and distilleries click here.



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