Easter is a special time to be with family, friends, and loved ones and enjoy great food and wine. For brunch we decided to choose a 2009 Domaine Zind Humbrecht Pinot Gris. Pinot Gris tends to express a lot of the characteristics of the terroir and depending on the region and style it is produced, the flavors and aromas vary. On the nose, this wine is fruit forward with pears, apples, and stone fruit and was the perfect start to today’s brunch of french toast, spinach and onion frittata, caramelized bananas, and bacon! This Pinot Gris is beautifully fruit forward with notes of honey and some residual sugar.

With my pastry background, I still love to prepare desserts for my friends and family. After brunch I began to prepare for dinner and dessert for the day. I like to make one or two pastries first to try out a new recipe and make sure that it will look, taste, and pair well with the wine I have chosen for the evening. This is also a great excuse to have dessert early in the day and some really great wine! For dessert, I chose to make a caramel apple bomb, or so I choose to call them.
To make this dessert, saute apples, sugar, butter, cinnamon, and cognac until they are caramelized and smell so fantastic. While they are cooking roll out puff pastry dough (use store bought for convenience). Place the apple mixture in the center and fold the edges up around the mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until the puff pastry is golden brown and completely cooked.
A great pairing with this dessert is the Beerenauslese Edelsüss Nachtgold. I brought this wine back from Germany when I was in the Rheinhessen region. This white blend is absolutely delicious with notes of honey, peaches, and apricots. This is not overbearingly sweet and really complimented the dessert. I know the family will be enjoying this tonight, but as I said I just could not wait to try this dessert and wine and share the pairing on my site!

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