I know how you feel, because I’ve been there. I know how embarrassing it is when your kids find more Easter eggs than you do, especially with your height advantage. And, how about those chocolate bunnies, the kids find the solid ones and yours are always hollow inside.
No need to fret about it, because there is a way you can settle the score by serving terrific Easter Brunch wines. How’s that you ask? Well, while you are rapturing away over the beautiful aromatics and fruit intensity your wines display, the kids are stuck with orange juice. It will take years for them to figure out what’s going on.
To be sure, Italy offers some beautiful wines that would be great with the usual brunch fare, or even unusual, depending on how creative you are. For example, a good Prosecco, from the Valdobbiadene region just north of Venice, is a great match with an omelet. Its fairly soft, delicate sparkling personality and apple/pear like fruit work very well with a fluffy egg. I know first-hand because we had Prosecco with omelets while looking out at the Grand Canal, and no, it wasn’t just the scenery that made it taste so good. But what about something slightly sweet to go with the strawberries and other fresh fruit? You know, something even Grandma will like. For that, a spritzy Moscato d’Asti comes to mind with its floral and often pit fruit (peach/apricot) aromatics and flavors, delicate texture and lively fruit intensity. And, if you are one of those “I only drink red wine” types, I highly suggest a Brachetto, a slightly sweet, slightly spritzy very aromatic red from the Piemonte region. Just think of freshly picked berries in a bottle and you’ve got the right idea. And, like the Moscato d’Asti; these wines are very low in alcohol, around 5%, so they won’t ruin your tennis game that afternoon. Although, if you play like me, they could make you feel like you just won Wimbledon!
We have a number of these wines that are very good, but here are a few I particularly recommend:
Sorelle Bronca, “Particella 68,” Prosecco at $19.99. The “68” refers to the number of a plot within the larger vineyards. They believe that the fruit is so exceptional from this site that it is bottled separately. Try it, and I think you will agree.
2011 Massolino Moscato D’Asti at $19.99. This has been one of our top selling Moscatos over the last several years. It has a beautiful rich texture, but not heavy or syrupy, with delicate, nuanced fruit.
2011 Ca’ Rossa “Birbet” Brachetto at $19.99. This wine is so delicious you have to be careful not to drink it all before you sit down at the table! Bright and fresh dark berry fruit abounds, but not in a dense, jammy way.
As always, let me know if you try any of these, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oh yes, I am sure some of you reading this don’t have kids, or they’re all grown up and gone away. You no longer care about Easter eggs or chocolate bunnies, and probably don’t want to fuss with making a brunch. Okay fine, but while you’re reading the paper and having a Bloody Mary, couldn’t you at least put an egg in it?
Happy Easter, everyone!
Gary M., Beltramo’s Wine Consultant