I’d like to think I can enjoy the simple pleasures in life and bring the child inside of me out even in my late twenties. When I was a kid I LOVED Easter, the hunt, the chocolate, the hot cross buns and family time. Easter Sundays were all about the Easter Bunny visiting the house, and if my brothers and I were lucky, he would hide all those morsels of chocolatey goodness around the house. Half of the enjoyment I am sure was the thrill of the hunt. I still enjoy the thrill of the hunt to this day, however more so the hunt to find that next awesome bottle of wine to fill my glass up with. So it got me thinking, why don’t us adults have some fun of our own for Easter and create a Wine Hunt for our spouse, partner, friends – whatever you want to call those booze hags and booze hounds you hang around with.
So here’s what you need:
- However many bottles & their Easter food matches from the below list that you want to consume & taste (eating is not compulsory but there are some pretty tasty matches down there!)
- Glasses unless you want to be a bogan for a day and slurp from the bottle
- Bags/paper/something to cover the bottles with so you can’t see the label
- Pens & paper (to write notes if you’re inclined to make it educational of sorts)
- Water (I always try to be the responsible one!)
- Pop on Wine and Chocolates by Theophilus London to get you in the mood and why not make a playlist with these ‘Chocolate’ Songs that’ll get you Feeling Delicious on your Easter Wine Hunt
The Wine and Easter Food matches are…
1. Sparkling Demi-Sec Bubbles & Hot Cross Buns
A Demi-Sec is a slight sweet sparkling wine which is a lovely match to the buns
– Blue Pyrenees Cuvee Riche Sparkling Rose from Dan Murphy’s for $16.90
– Moët & Chandon Nectar Impérial from Perth Champagne Club for $89.95
2. Ice Wine or Sweet Tokaji Dessert Wine & White Chocolate Easter Eggs
– Inniskillin Ice Wine Riesling from Dan Murphy’s for $77.90
– St Stephan’s Crown 5 Puttonyos Tokaji Aszu from Dan Murphy’s for $49.99
3. Pedro Ximenez or Aged Vintage Port & Milk Chocolate Easter Eggs
– Pedro Ximenez – Certified Organic from Harris Organic for $39
– Gangemi’s in the Perth CBD has a decent range of aged vintage ports for sale here
4. Cabernet Sauvignon & Dark Chocolate Easter Eggs
5. And for those last-minute organisers like myself, grab any of the below wines and a box of Brix Wine Chocolates and voila!
– Port, Sherry, Rose, Burgundy Reds, Dessert Wines
– Champagne, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Vintage Port
– Merlot, Shiraz, Zinfandel, Chianti, Rhone Reds, Cabernet Sauvignon
– Bordeaux, Barolo, Malbec, Brandy, Cognac, Armagnac.
How to create the Wine Hunt:
- Wrap the wine bottles up so no one knows what they are – I like doing this as it takes away the ‘I don’t drink Chardonnay, so I don’t want that’. I am sure you’ll be surprised at the end of it, who likes what and how the treats impact the flavours of the wines
- Write numbers on the bottles and on a piece of paper put the number of each wine and its corresponding food match
- Hide the bottles around the house
- Let the searching begin!
- Each time a bottle is found the game pauses – whoever finds the bottle must yell out as loud as they can ‘LET’S DRINK WINE’. All participants will then need to reconvene in the main area where all the snacks and game legend is
- The finder of the wine then needs to pour a tasting for everyone and give them the matching Easter treat
- Once everyone has their tasters they can proceed to taste the wine and write notes, have a convo about it or skull it back
- Once ready, begin the hunt for the next bottle and so on
- It seems nearly educational
- It’s fitness!
- Chocolate and foodie treats
Happy Easter everyone! Leave a comment below letting us know what you’ll be drinking over the Easter break this year….