Stylish wines for stylish breakfasts!

If you can drink a mimosa for breakfast, then wine for breakfast is fine too. In fact, one could make a pretty strong argument to ditch the OJ altogether and just drink wine.

So, don’t feel bad if you pop a beautiful breakfast bottle with your weekend brunch. There’s no shame in it. Even when someone pokes you with: “Oh, I see you having wine before five!” Raise your eyebrows and say: “I bet you wish you could join me.”

Here are some stylish breakfasts with wines to match:

·         Smashed Avocado Toast

Suggested Wine/s: Sauvignon blanc, grüner veltliner

Imagine a thick slice of crusty bread that’s covered with smashed avocado, drizzled with EVO (extra-virgin olive oil), dusted with cumin, salt and red pepper flakes, and sprinkled with fresh green herbs. Need more protein? Top the whole shi-bang with a poached egg.

The perfect wine for the avocado ensemble plays up the green theme and adds well-needed acidity – like a squeeze of lemon. Sauvignon blanc is a great place to start.

·         Denver Omelette

Suggested Wine/s: Sangiovese rosé, cabernet franc rosé, pinotage rosé 

You can hate it, but the Denver Omelette is still one of the most well-balanced breakfast choices out there. Little sautéed cubes of ham, bell pepper, mushroom and onion set into place with a handful of cheese and folded into an egg blanket. Savoury food for umami people.

There is a lot of umami in this dish which means you’re going to need a wine with a little more “oomph” than white, but maybe not as much “oomph” as a red. Are you thinking what I’m thinking? Yep. The right rosé will do nicely! Go for high-flavour versions.

  • French Toast with Bacon

Suggested Wine/s: Dry riesling

If you’re going to do French toast, you might as well use thick cut brioche. Otherwise, why make the effort? Also, what better complement than a few pieces of thick cut bacon. While we’re at it, perhaps a fried egg too to finish it off?

For this pairing, I’d reach for a dry riesling in a second. Riesling hams up the bacon and the dryness will help counteract the syrup on the French toast. As a pairing, riesling acts as a palate cleanser with its sky high acidity, which is really going to help with morning egg breath.

  • Yogurt Bowl with Bananas, Sliced Almonds & Honey

Suggested Wine/s: Gewürztraminer

Yogurt bowls are the latest craze popping up all over the world. On the positive side, it’s really made us think differently about the importance of quality ingredients. You can’t make good yogurt without good dairy!

For this pairing, we really wanted to focus on a wine with strong aromatics. This is because yogurt offers very little in the way of aromas, and thus, aromatic wines can really add more perceived flavour to the scene. Gewürztraminer with its intense aromas of lychee, rose, grapefruit and allspice will really take your everyday yogurt bowl to the next level. Because of the tropical fruit notes in this wine, it really lends to the toppings of bananas and almonds.

  • Blueberry Pancakes

Suggested Wine/s: De Krans Moscato

Blueberry pancakes are almost perfect on their own. Until you bite into one and start chewing, and the pancake gets stuck to the roof of your mouth, and there’s not enough syrup, and you feel like you need something to wash it down.

Thank goodness for Italy’s Moscato d’Asti (or De Krans’ Moscato if you cannot lay your hands on the Italian wine). It’s the P.P.W. (perfect pancake wine).

  • Eggs Benedict

Suggested Wine/s: Extra Dry Prosecco, chenin blanc MCC, sauvignon blanc MCC

Eggs Benedict is an American classic. It’s perfectly toasted English muffin halves topped with crispy Canadian bacon, a perfectly poached egg and a generous pour of creamy hollandaise sauce. It might actually be the most sophisticated brunch that North Americans can claim as their own. Also, if you find a place that does it well, you should consider yourself very lucky!

For this pairing you’ll want a wine with a touch of sweetness (like, a teensy touch) to highlight the sweet-savoury flavours of Canadian bacon. (Just like pineapple does on pizza!) This is why we opted for an Extra Dry Prosecco (vs. Brut). The sugar levels aren’t noticeable – it’s just enough to bring out the fruit.

  • Breakfast Frittata

Suggested Wine/s: Chenin blanc, sauvignon blanc

The word frittata comes from Italy and means “fried.” As you can imagine, there are many variants of the frittata. Whichever variation you choose, the real secret to a great frittata is well-beaten eggs and extremely low heat. For this breakfast wine pairing, the Italian-esque variant almost usually always includes roasted peppers, broccoli rabe, and a couple of great, flavourful Italian cheeses (such as Parmigiano and Provolone).

This pairing is surprisingly open and allows for a wide number of potential matches. That said, frittatas are definitely guilty of egg-breath, so wine with higher acidity is really a great place to start, which is why we opted for lean white wines.

Note: For those who really want to dig in this breakfast, check out the Spanish version called tortilla de patatas with potato!

  • Caramelized Onion and Gruyère Quiche

Suggested Wine/s: Chardonnay, grenache blanc

The French do it right when it comes to cooking: few ingredients without overwhelming the palate. Take French onion soup. It’s so simple, and yet so unbelievably good. Yes, French preparation is hard, but your ingredient list is relatively simple. Although there is one secret ingredient to this quiche recipe that makes is amazing: a pinch of nutmeg.

For this pairing, going with a French classic seemed like the only right answer. Chardonnay does magical things to your mouth when paired with gruyère. The unoaked styles have tingling high acidity too, which will help with “egg breath.”

  • Breakfast Burrito

Suggested Wine/s: Gamay, tempranillo, sangiovese, earthy reds

The only thing wrong with a breakfast burrito is that eating the whole thing at once can result in a “food coma.” To avoid this, cut it in half (and hide the other half somewhere out of view). Cutting it has the added bonus of revealing all the delicious layers of eggs, cheese, beans, potatoes, meat and other goodies. Imagine yourself sitting there, hot sauce in one hand, burrito in the other.

For this pairing, go for an earthy red wine. You don’t really need something as fancy as gamay, but the crunchy earthy finish of this wine will take your breakfast burrito to a whole new level. If you want to give your pairing a little more Spanish appeal, try a Tempranillo, you will not be disappointed.

  • Steel-Cut Oatmeal

Suggested Wine/s: Tawny Port, PX Sherry, Muscat de Rivesaltes

One of the few breakfasts on this list that that you can eat every morning and never feel guilty.

For this pairing, we decided to re-imagine the wine as one of the typical ingredients that top oatmeal. So, you would take a bite of oatmeal and follow-up with a little sip of Tawny Port. The Tawny would take on the roles of sugar, cinnamon and raisins all at once!

  • Crêpe with Strawberry & Ricotta

Suggested Wine/s: MCC Rosé (pinotage, malbec, grenache, cinsault)

Imagine fluffy ricotta cheese with a drizzle of honey rolled into a warm crepe and then topped with strawberries and powdered sugar. It’s one of those items you want to eat as soon as it hits the plate.

For this pairing, a rosé bubbly wine is the perfect choice. Not only will the colour of the rosé complement this breakfast, but the carbonation will create a burst of creaminess after each bite.

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