How to Pair Wine with All Your Favorite Brunch Dishes

2018-09-15T19:30:23-05:00September 16th, 2018|Wine|0 Comments

Author: Martha Stewart

Whether you favor pancakes or baked eggs, we’ve got you covered.

wine pairing brunch table

Photography by: Bryan Gardner
Grenache, found in Walmart’s Winemakers Selection, is an easygoing red wine suited for daytime drinking.


Brunch is one of our favorite meals of the week: it’s a leisurely way to catch up with friends and family over a feast of sweet and savory favorites. From pancakes and French toast to bacon and smoked salmon, there is truly something for everyone. And the right wine can be the finishing touch to brunch. The variety of dishes on the table can make wine pairing challenging, but we’re here to help. Here are the wines that will enhance your brunch.


Photography by: Ryan Liebe

Sweet Dishes like Pancakes or French Toast

Serve: Moscato d’Asti

One important principle of wine pairing is that sweet dishes need a wine that is equal in sweetness, or even slightly sweeter. The reason for this is that a sweet dish can easily make a dry wine taste bitter. Moscato d’Asti is a sweet, lightly effervescent Italian wine that has aromas of honeysuckle and fragrant blossoms, and flavors of juicy white peach and apricot. It’s a wonderful alternative to prosecco if you like a little sparkle in your glass. One reason it’s so wonderful with brunch is that it has a naturally low alcohol content—you can enjoy a glass without feeling sleepy (or tipsy) for the rest of the afternoon.

Get the Oven-Baked Blueberry Pancake Recipe

Roasted Ratatouille and Eggs

Photography by: Armando Rafael

Vegetable-Forward Dishes

Serve: Minervois Grenache

For a roasted vegetable frittata or quiche, a veggie grain bowl, or a Mediterranean-style vegetable and egg entree, pair with a southern French grenache from the Minervois region like the Walmart Winemakers Selection Grenache. The wine is medium-bodied, full of bright cherry fruit, and has the savory aromas of garrigue, the wild vegetation that grows along the French Mediterranean blending lavender, rosemary, and other fragrant herbs. The velvety, easygoing texture of the wine is highly palatable for daytime imbibing.

Get the Roasted Ratatouille and Eggs Recipe

smoked salmon tartines

Photography by: Marcus Nilsson

Seafood Dishes like Smoked Salmon

Serve: Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon blanc is an extremely bright, crisp, and lively white wine with a lot of citrus aroma and flavor (think lemon and grapefruit), and some herbal notes as well. It’s a wine that can act almost as another condiment on your table. Sauvignon blanc has the same effect as a squeeze of lemon on smoked salmon: it really perks up the flavor of the fish and cuts some of the richness. Try Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand for a classic and delicious example.

Get the Seeded-Bread Tartines with Herbed Goat Cheese and Smoked Salmon Recipe


Photography by: Lennart Weibull

Meat Dishes like Bacon or Brisket Hash

Serve: Cabernet Franc

Robust dishes featuring lots of bacon or other red meats like brisket pair really well with an earthy wine like Cabernet Franc (not to be confused with Cabernet Sauvignon; it’s genetically related but a separate wine). Cabernet Franc hails from Bordeaux but also grows beautifully in France’s Loire Valley, where it’s usually inexpensive. Look for a Chinon or Bourgueil. The wine is medium-bodied and has herbal aromas and vegetal, spicy, and earthy notes, which perfectly balance the rich, savory, and smoky flavors of bacon or brisket.

Get the Red Flannel Hash with Eggs Recipe

fried chicken waffles

Photography by: Armando Rafael

Chicken and Waffles

Serve: Champagne

One of the most unexpected classic pairings is also one of the most fun: fried chicken and Champagne! Luxurious and slightly decadent, Champagne feels like a real indulgence and makes for a fabulous high-low pairing that totally elevates something as soulful as fried chicken. The light, crunchy crust of the chicken washed down with bright, bubbly Champagne is so harmonious that you may never want to enjoy it any other way. And the comforting, crisp waffle calls out for a high-acid wine like Champagne that can keep your palate cleansed between bites. Champagne is one of the most versatile wines and will complement pretty much anything you serve it with. Try Taittinger Brut Prestige for a classic brunch experience.