Fizzy Fun at Your Romantic Brunch #WinePW
#WinePW Wine Pairing for Romance! Our Wine Pairing Weekend group’s assignment for February is to create a romantic food & wine pairing. You’ll find links to all the posts at the bottom of this page. Please take a look at all the great ideas. Valentine’s Day and Any Day What better way to create a romantic morning than brunch in bed? Today we’re pairing a lightly sweet Italian sparkling red wine with lox and bagels for an easy, fun romantic brunch. 3 Steps to Romantic Brunch Success Follow these 3 steps and you’re guaranteed to enjoy a successful romantic brunch: 1. Involve your Love Interest in the Process. Usually, I’m the cook, photo stylist and photographer of the food and wine you see here. My wife, Julie, has fun supporting my crazy efforts and she’s happy to eat, drink, and share in the clean-up. Today, we chose the menu together, she took on the role of chief food stylist, and we had a ball working together. Try it!
2. Keep it Simple! Romantic mornings are made for relaxing, so keep the kitchen prep work to a minimum. Choose a dish that comes together quickly and enjoy the time with your partner. Lox and bagels are a treat, and somehow, we rarely fix them, so why not today?
3. Sparkling Wine Makes Any Event a Party We always have sparkling wine chilled and ready at our house. Friends stopping by? Good day? Bad day? Open that Cava, Cremant, Prosecco, etc… Sparkling wine makes any occasion special, but what to choose for a romantic brunch?
We’re usually “Brut” fans, but brunch often goes even better with something just a bit sweet. Why do you think Mimosa’s are popular in the morning? With our Valentine theme today, we decided to try a new sparkling wine: Brachetto d’Acqui. Brachetto d’Acqui DOCG Brachetto d’Acqui is a lightly sweet sparkling wine from the Acqui Terme, an area in the southeastern corner of the Piemonte region of Italy. The wine is from Brachetto grapes, and is made into a sparkling wine by the Charmat method, a bit like Prosecco. It’s know for fresh bright red fruit flavors. Banfi Rosa Regale Brachetto d’Acqui DOCG ($20 at France 44) Banfi Piemonte is another vineyard and winery owned by the Banfi Vintners, well known in Tuscany. Banfi Piemonte produces all of Banfi’s sparkling wines, including their Brachetto d’Acqui, Rosa Regale. Eye: Clear with lively bubbles, good persistence. Bright red, transparent, lighter than a Pinot Noir, darker than a rosé. Nose: bright red fruit, strawberries, cranberries, a touch candied. Mouth: Sweet, but excellent tart acidity to balance. Strong red fruit flavor, think of it as a sparkling juice to place it at a brunch.
Wine Pairing for Lox, Bagels and Cream Cheese Brachetto d’Acqui was a perfect match for the food in our brunch. Lightly sweet, it still offered a tart acidity to cleanse the palate as well as highlighting the fresh fruit we served alongside. Who can argue the inviting bright red sparkling color at a romantic brunch? We thought a nice Moscato d’Asti would also work well, or an Extra Dry Prosecco. We usually prefer dry sparkling wines, and we did open a Cremant d’Alsace to test. It was a lovely wine, with a bit of minerality, but it clashed with something in the food, producing a metallic aftertaste that wasn’t present when drinking the wine alone. Whether it was the capers or the smoked salmon, I don’t know. I do know that we left it behind at brunch and enjoyed it later in the day. More Romantic Ideas from Wine Pairing Weekend Bloggers Be sure to check out what my fellow bloggers have come up with for the February Wine Pairing Weekend!
- #WinePW Clear to See by Dancing Veggies
- Bubbles & Boulud by Confessions of a Culinary Diva
- Champagne and Oysters for Valentines’ Day by Enoflyz Wine Blog
- Chocolate Pots de Creme paired with Port Wine by Curious Cuisiniere
- Fettuccine Primavera Avec Mon Coeur by Cooking Chat
- Fizzy Fun at Your Romantic Brunch by Food Wine Click
- Gimme a Man With Mussels: Romantic Pairings from Eola Hills & Oregon’s Coast by TastingPour
- Hungarian Romance for #WinePW 9: Chicken Paprikas and Hungarian Furmint by Pull That Cork
- Italian Valentine sweets: Sprisolana & Recioto della Valpolicella by Vino Travels
- Let’s talk Romance by A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Peaches and Cream Tarts with Rosemary Glaze and SparklingWhite Wine by Famished Fish, Finicky Shark
- Recipe for Refueling Romance, Salmon Frittata and Michelle Sparkling Brut Rose by Wild 4 Washington Wine
- Risotto all’Amarone + Masi Campofiorin 2009 by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
- Romancing the Jura: Vin Jaune & Roast Chicken by GirlsGottaDrink
- Wine, Food and Love with #WinePW by Rockin Red Blog
Join the #winePW conversation: Follow the #winePW conversation on Twitter throughout the weekend and beyond. If you’re reading this early enough, you can join us for a live Twitter chat on our theme “It’s All About Romance” on Saturday, February 14, from 11 a.m. to noon Eastern Time. You can also visit our group Pinterest board to pin some great pairing ideas for later! Stay tuned for the March Wine Pairing Weekend, which will be on Saturday, March 14, 2015
Lox of Love, Bagels & Cream Cheese