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How to Pair Wine with Your Favorite At-Home Brunch Dishes, the Ultimate Guide

July 18, 2018

With the cost of living on the rise all over the US of A, how do you work in your brunch fix without breaking the bank? Turns out that with savvy planning, on-trend eats and the perfect wine picks, you can have your avocado toast and eat it too. Not to mention all the other perks of brunch like social time with friends, Insta-worthy pics and more!  Seriously, what did we do to deserve brunch?!

 It’s time to to dive into some of our all-time favorite brunch dishes and their ideal wine pairings. Use these tips as inspo for your next at-home, wine-focused brunch!

Eggs Benedict

This brunch staple goes best with the most versatile wines, such as Riesling and Rosé.

A combination of salty and sweet flavors is the secret to so many excellent food pairings. That’s why dry Riesling is so delicious with cured meats, like ham and Canadian bacon along with, of course, some hollandaise. We love pairing this dish with the Jekel Riesling, which offers complementing notes of sweetness and balanced crispness.

Not feeling like white wine? #RoséAllDay is a very fitting hashtag to post alongside your eggs benedict pic, and don’t forget the Rosé—this pink wine makes an awesome brunch wine. We recommend opting for a fruity Rosé, such as the Fetzer Valley Oaks Rosé. In addition to pairing nicely with your standard eggs benedict, Rosé goes well with other ingredients, so get creative! Throw in some shellfish (like lobster, crab or shrimp), tomatoes or olives.


Be sure not to forget the classic joy and deliciousness of homemade pancakes. They are an especially fun idea for an at-home brunch party, as guests can make their own and add a variety of different toppings. A good rule of thumb is to avoid pairing dry wines with sweet dishes; the sweetness of the food can make the wine taste bitter. The traditionally sweet toppings on pancakes pair nicely with wine that is just as sweet or sweeter than the dish itself, like the Fetzer Moscato.

Steak & Eggs Hash

Breakfast proteins like steak or ham pair splendidly with Merlot. This wine has medium tannin and a smooth finish. Merlot pairs well with many foods, including light meats as well as lightly-spiced dark meats. Our favorite is the Fetzer Eagle Peak Merlot.

Enjoy Your Wine-Focused Brunch!

Wine is an awesome companion for both savory and sweet brunch food. Our suggestions above are just a handful of the many combinations you can choose for a great at-home, wine-focused brunch. When in doubt, choose a dry Rosé or a Riesling–you can never go wrong with these brunch-friendly wines!



Here are some California Wines we think you’ll love: 

Fetzer Valley Oaks Rosé Jekel Riesling Fetzer Eagle Peak Merlot
fetzer rose Jekel Riesling fetzer merlot