Easter is just around the corner and we’re putting together our menu for a fun and delicious holiday. Spring is the perfect time for light and refreshing wines paired with our favorite Sunday activity: Brunch. Having an excuse to make Sunday brunch a little more fun for Easter is just an added bonus.
Our first pick is Schramsberg Mirabelle Brut. With generous aromas of vanilla and spun sugar, followed by fruitful characters of citrus and layered with essences of honey and toasted almonds, Mirabelle Brut works well as an accompaniment to a wide range of foods. Serve it as is with an egg dish, or impress your guests with this simple mix recipe:
Makes 8 cocktails
• 1 cup sugar
• 3 cups water
• 1 ½ cups fresh lemon juice
• 1 bottle of Mirabelle Brut
• Thin lemon slices for garnish (optional)
Put sugar and 1 cup of water into a small saucepan and bring to boil. Cook for 1 minute until sugar has dissolved, turn off heat, and allow mixture to cool.
In a pitcher, combine the cooled mixture with lemon juice and remaining 2 cups of water and mix well. Fill a Champagne flute halfway with the lemonade and top with Mirabelle Brut. Garnish with lemon.
If you’re more of a Mimosa drinker, the Schramsberg Mirabelle Brut is the key ingredient to making this premium mimosa mixer:
Makes 6 cocktails
• 6 tablespoons orange liqueur
• 1 bottle of Mirabelle Brut
• ½ quart orange juice (no pulp)
In each Champagne flute, add 1 tablespoon of orange liqueur, add Mirabelle Brut to fill 2/3 of each flute. Top glasses off with orange juice and serve!
Our next picks Huru Sauvignon Blanc, Merryvale Careneros Chardonnay and Mira Luna Tough Day Chardonnay. All focus on crisp, vibrant fruits that pack a punch. Huru Sauvignon Blanc is very food friendly and pairs nicely with vegetables or creamy sauces. Chardonnay shows some aromas of apple butter, spice and honey, making it a great pairing for appetizers, cheese and pork. Both whites are incredible fresh, crisp and a perfect drink to accompany this appetizing Eggs Benedict with Canadian Bacon recipe from Two Peas & Their Pod.
Our last two Easter Brunch picks are the Grass Tree Traminer Riesling, the Azur 2009 Rosé. Traminer Riesling offers floral aromas of rose and fresh citrus flavors, perfect for Spring and warm weather. It pairs with many appetizers, cheeses, pork, poultry and seafood. Similar is the Rosé, which is one of the world’s most versatile wines for food pairings. Desserts, cheeses, herbs, vegetables, anything goes. These two delicate wines would be great to serve with this very delicious (and very easy!) Spinach and Bacon Quiche recipe from The Food Network.
Learn more about our selections at the bottom and feel free to share with us your own Easter Brunch specialties!
Winetasting.com’s Easter Brunch Selection:
• Schramsberg Mirabelle Brut
• Huru Sauvignon Blanc
• Grass Tree Traminer Riesling
• Merryvale Careneros Chardonnay
• Azur 2009 Rose
• Mira Luna Tough Day Chardonnay
You don't need luck when you already know what great wines to pair with your traditional Irish fare! These St. Patrick's Day food and wine pairing ideas will have your mouth waterin' and your Irish eyes smilin'. Follow the links for recipes!
Top of the Mornin'
Moscato d'Asti is great as a starter or all through brunch. The orange glaze atop these dry scones echoes the sweet mandarin orange flavors of the wine. Bread pudding would make a delightful combination with this wine as well.
Pot of Gold
Follow the rainbow with Pinot Noir in hand. Root vegetables like carrots, parsnip and turnip bring out the earthiness in Pinot Noir, which has deservedly earned the nickname "the ultimate food wine".
The Wearin' of the Green
Go green with a baby spinach salad, topped with feta, toasted walnuts and cranberries or pomegranate. A splash of Rosé added to the vinaigrette brings it all together.
Rich garlic puts crisp Sauvignon Blanc to the test alongside Dover sole with a fresh salad and goat cheese. The wine highlights the onion flavor of the scallions and cuts the thick buttery element of the sauce.
Salty vs. sweet. Sour vs. sweet. Those are the match-ups here. Fruity Chenin Blanc counters the corned beef's saltiness. Cabbage has a sour element to it that is balanced by the honey and nectar elements of the wine.
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