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Boozy brunch! Wines and simple cocktails to pair with food

Whether you're hosting or just showing up, here are some favorite options for wine and easy cocktails to pair with brunch.
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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