Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and I don’t know about you, but I have been planning my menus and gathering my wines to bring to The Somm’s Mom’s house! My mom and I spend every Thanksgiving together, and watch the parade with some “breakfast wine” while we prep and make food all day long. It’s one of my favorite holidays we spend together in the kitchen, drinking wine and listening to holiday music.
I love to sip sparkling wines throughout the day, because they’re festive, easy to drink, and I sip them a bit slower than still wines. I am not sure about the brunch yet, but I can tell you one thing… one of these six wines will be the breakfast wine you see on Thanksgiving morning on my IG stories! For those of you who are Archer fans: “Champagne is like the breakfast of alcohol’s” and although I have one in the mix, I also have five other sparklers you can add into the category of “breakfast wines” now!
Scharffenberger Brut-Made in the traditional method, from California! This full wine is great for daytime sipping, and is from Mendocino County. It spends about two years on the lees, and is creamy and vibrant, with nice fruit forward notes and some bread flavors. They have cool coastal influences from the Pacific Ocean and this is one of the best areas for sparkling wine and you will truly love this California bubbly! If you’re sipping this for Thanksgiving brunch, pair it with Bananas Fosters French Toast, a Goat Cheese and Spinach Frittata, my personal favorite: Baked Brie with Caramelized Onions and Pumpkin Butter, or you can go with something simple like Roasted Root Vegetables! $23
Sosie, A Moment Of Weakness- An incredible dry, red, sparkling wine! This wine has been featured quite a bit on the blog, and even was my wedding wine; I truly love it that much. It’s creamy, and zesty, it’s bold, and just so incredibly well made I have yet to meet someone that doesn’t fall completely head over heels for it! Sosie produces it in more of an old world style, but it’s so modern and unique you won’t find anything like it on the market. This is absolutely one of my go-to breakfast/brunch wines and I love pairing it with Breakfast Tacos, BBQ Burgers, Bacon, and Pancakes topped with Triple Berry Sauce and Whipped Cream! $35
Carpene Malvolti Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore 1868 Extra Dry– One of the oldest Prosecco wineries in existence, helping to form what we know as Prosecco today! They are who began the quality Prosecco production and also now have an oenology school in Italy dedicated to studying and growing grapes. This wine is fruity and extra dry, from the hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene. A delicate bouquet, with aromas of apple, citrus, and minerality. It’s such an elegant prosecco, as they all are from Carpene Malvolti, and easily pairs well with Smoked Salmon Benedict, Avocado Toast with Poached Eggs and Jamón, Melon and Prosciutto, and Buratta Pizza!The Baked Halloumi with candied ham would also be great with this wine… you can easily fine the recipe and how-to on my IG reels, @SommInTheCity $16.99-18.00
Champagne Vollereaux Brut Rosé De Saignée’– An incredible rosé Champagne that’s ideal for all your entertaining needs! Sometimes life just calls for Champagne, especially a rosé like this one! Made from Pinot Noir grapes, this elegant wine is rich and fruity showing a lot of bright red fruit. The grapes are macerated via the traditional saignée’ method, which is also known as “bleeding” off a portion of pink juice during red wine production. The juice spends three years on lees, which more than twice the time required by appellation rules, and makes this one really that much more special. This wine is just wonderful with notes of bright strawberry, some sweet dough, minerality, and some hints of vanilla. Pairing wise, I would recommend this with a seafood appetizer such as Crab Cakes, Bacon Wrapped Scallops, or some brunch favorites like Smoked Salmon Crepes, or Chocolate Chip Pancakes! $39
Asti DOCG “Acquesi”- A sweet wine for those who want a light and fun sipper! From Monferrato, Italy this wine is made in the tank method, which is like Prosecco. It’s a delicious wine with peach, honey suckle, and citrus; it’s playful and tantalizing! Since this is sweet, we can easily pair this with brunch favorites like a Spicy Shashuka, Dim Sum, Sushi, and for some breakfast favorites maybe a Spicy Breakfast Skillet! If you’re saving it for Thanksgiving dessert, this would easily pair well with a Chocolate Pecan Pie and Pumpkin Pie. Another perfect pairing you’ll find on my IG Reels, as the Baked Borgonzola with Peaches! $16
Côté Mas Crémant De Limoux, Brut- 60% Chardonnay, 20% Chenin Blanc, 10% Pinot Noir, 10% Mauzac grapes make this wonderful palate friendly wine! Lots of honey, floral aromas, and citrus peel on the nose followed by nice acidity and a quick finish. It’s a great wine for Challah French Toast with Strawberries and Candied Pecans, or a Southwestern Omelette. If you wanted it with lunch or some Thanksgiving appetizers this wine would pair nicely with Fried Ravioli, Beet and Buratta Salad with Pistachios, Fried Goat Cheese Balls, or the Baked Feta with Roasted Grapes from my Instagram Reels @SommInTheCity! $18
Yes maybe there are a few shameless plugs to my IG Reels in this article, but hey, I worked hard and those videos would pair beautifully with these wines too, so can you blame me!? Anyways, always remember eat what you like and drink what you love. Please pair responsibly!