Boozy brunch! Wines and simple cocktails to pair with food

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A weekend brunch is the perfect antidote to a long week. And we all know brunch and booze go hand-in-hand. Whether you’re hosting or just showing up, here are some of my favorite options for sips to pair with various flavors.


Champagne Veuve Clicquot (in half bottle, $22)

Half bottles are ideal for day drinking as they serve 2-3 glasses of wine. This classic bubbly is the best way to start any party. With one easy step, a glass of Champagne gets festive simply by adding high quality maraschino cherries. It imparts a lush cherry note to the sparkler and looks beautiful, too. I like Luxardo -- there are no pits and they taste delicious.

Pair with sweet food like French toast and fruit salad


Field Recordings Rose (in a can! $7)

A delicious rose that is served up in a can. It's one of the hottest trends in wine – it’s high quality yet fun. This makes for a great party wine and rose is one of the best picks for brunch wines.

With just ingredients, you can create a party punch extraordinary. Simply add pomegranate juice, a dash of sweet agave nectar and sliced, fresh oranges. Viola! A thirst-quenching crowd-pleaser.

Pair with spicy food like grilled chorizo or spicy sausage with sweet mustard


Giesen Riesling, $12

This lightly sweet, affordable white is the ultimate brunch wine – and it’s low in alcohol (only 10 percent)

With two ingredients, you can easily turn this white into a succulent "Faux Mojito". Pour the wine over ice, add a splash of freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice and top with fresh mint.

Pair with salty food like huevos rancheros.


Campo Viejo Rioja, $9

Just because it’s brunch doesn't mean you can drink red. This spicy, light-hearted wine will pair perfectly with hearty brunch fare.

Pair with savory food like an egg casserole with either bacon or ham