Celebrate Easter With A Glass of Bubbly
9th April 2020
On the 12th of April 2020 we Celebrate Easter.
Why Do We Celebrate Easter?
For many, Easter is a day to indulge in chocolate bunnies and Easter eggs, but for others it’s a day to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, it’s a Christian holiday, they also refer to the week before Easter as the ‘Holy Week’, this year starting from the 5th of April to the 11th, each day has its own name:
- Palm Sunday
- Holy Monday
- Holy Tuesday
- Holy Wednesday
- Maundy Thursday
- Good Friday
- Holy Saturday
Then after the Holy Week, it’s Easter Sunday, the day Jesus Christ was resurrected and the day we eat a lot of Chocolate.
Why Do We Eat Chocolate on Easter?
Easter Eggs have a much more interesting story than you might think – when you give someone an Easter Egg you are giving them ‘new life’, the Easter Egg is a representation of new life and the reason your Easter Eggs are hollow is to represent the empty tomb of Jesus because after he was resurrected, he didn’t really need it anymore.
When Did We Start Giving Eggs To People?
Around 60,000 years ago, the first recorded Egg givings were found in Africa, with a decorated and engraved ostrich egg, back before chocolate was a common commodity, people used to decorate animal eggs, some would even be decorated in gold and silver.
But when Christians first used eggs on Easter they would stain them in the colour red, this would represent the blood of Christ that he shed at his crucifixion.
Later in the 18th century people started to make their own eggs using papier-maché and cardboard, decorating them and even hiding small gifts inside.
The first time a chocolate egg was created was in the 19th century in Europe, it was a solid dark chocolate egg, so they would have been a lot harder to take a bit out of.
The first time a hollow chocolate egg was created was in 1873, in Bristol, by JS Fry & Sons Chocolate Company, they would later merge with Cadbury and launch the first line of Easter Eggs in 1875, they were still at this time made with dark chocolate and then decorated by hand in marzipan flowers.
Today, in the UK we eat over 80 million Easter Eggs a year and this year we are expected to spend anywhere up to £900 million over Easter, with the average spent being £27.66, you can check more of the statistics here.
Here is an interesting fact to finish off our intellectual journey into Easter: It is actually illegal to publicly dance in Germany over the 4 day Easter weekend.
The Sparkling Wine – Radgonske Gorice
Radgonske Gorice is the oldest Sparkling Wine producer in Slovenia, they started over 160 years ago in 1852, they produce 4,500,000 litres of wine every year, with a production that high, it makes sense that Radgonske Gorice is the largest producer of Sparkling Wine in Slovenia.
Radgonske Gorice Extra Dry Suho 2015 Tasting Notes
Aroma – “Zesty bubbles hit the nose with creamy yellow fruits.”
Taste – “Dry citrus flavours with hints of salty sea.”
A Silver Medal Winner in the Sea Breeze Category at The World’s Finest Glass of Bubbly Awards 2019.
Radgonske Gorice and Easter Eggs
Pairing Notes – “The bubbles cut through the sweet, creaminess of the chocolate leaving dry cocoa and a touch of green fruits in flavour.”
Even though we are stuck indoors this Easter that doesn’t mean we can’t still enjoy it, plan a mini Easter Egg hunt or pop open a bottle of bubbly, wherever you are this Easter, have a smashing time.
Happy Easter! From Glass of Bubbly
WSET 2 Journalist focused on sharing Champagne and Sparkling Wine reviews and cocktails to the world.