Wine Blogging Wednesday #53: Wine for Breakfast!

By Kori ~ January 14th, 2009.

20090114_breakfastDon’t be misled by the title of this post. We are not advocating that you drink wine with your breakfast in the morning. However, if you are like us, there are times when you are in the mood for breakfast foods at dinner time. And since we like to enjoy a glass or two of wine with dinner, it’s a good idea to experiment with pairing wines with your breakfast foods of choice which is exactly what El Jefe of El Bloggo Torcido (Twisted Oak Winery’s blog) asked us to do as the host of this month’s Wine Blogging Wednesday, the blogosphere’s monthly virtual wine tasting event. His instructions were as follows, “For the wine, choose anything you want, as long as it is a dry red or white wine. This means no sparkling wine, no rosés, no dessert wine, and no mixing with anything – i.e. no wine cocktails. The idea is to get outside of the ‘Sunday Brunch’ mentality. Mimosa would be too easy, right?”

20090114_colgewurzMom prepared a delicious breakfast casserole (eggs, cheese, bacon, mushrooms, and green onions) accompanied by sliced tomatoes garnished with parsley, and sour cream biscuits with butter and jalapeño jelly. We selected Gewurztraminer as the varietal to taste with our breakfast meal because we wanted wines that would pair well with eggs and would also stand up to the kick of the jalapeño jelly. We blind-tasted the 2007 Columbia Winery Gewurztraminer and the 2007 Covey Run Gewurztraminer which are both produced by Washington State wineries. All four of us preferred the Columbia Gewurztraminer but both were excellent matches for the meal. And best of all, both wines roll in under $10 and give you the most bang for your buck. On a side note, Gewurztraminer is a varietal that will also stand up well to other spicy foods such as Asian cuisine.

We enjoyed our breakfast for dinner meal with Gewurztraminer on New Year’s Eve in lieu of fighting the crowds to go out to eat. The meal was so good and we had so much fun; it just might become a family tradition.

2007 Columbia Winery Gewurztraminer (Columbia Valley, Washington): Straw-yellow in color. Off-dry with medium body and crisp acidity. Very aromatic with predominately pear aromas. Flavors of pear, tropical fruits, guava, and spice come through on the palate. Well-balanced with a long, lingering finish. A perfect match for our breakfast for dinner meal.
Quality: 4 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 5 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Where to Buy: Fred Meyer, $8; Available elsewhere, $6 to $12

2007 Covey Run Gewurztraminer (Columbia Valley, Washington): Straw-yellow. Off-dry and light-bodied. Hints of oak and vanilla on the nose lead to grassy, floral, honeysuckle, and spice flavors. Smooth with a medium finish.
Quality: 3 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 5 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Where to Buy: Fred Meyer, $7; Available elsewhere, $6 to $10

Filed under: American Wine, Five-Bangs For Your Buck Wines, Gewurztraminer, Washington State Wine, White Wine, Wine Blogging Wednesday, Wines Under $10

Reader's Comments

  1. Holly Matson | January 16th, 2009 at 8:32 am

    YUM! What a great idea! And an extremely well written blog!

    Thanks for choosing Columbia Winery and Covey Run wines for your New Years Eve celebration.

    Holly Matson
    Columbia Winery

  2. Kori | January 16th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Thanks, Holly. We really enjoyed the wines and had a lot of fun with the pairing. Keep up the good work!