You’ve probably read somewhere about egg dishes and wine being a
But if you look at eggs as a vehicle for other wine friendly
ingredients, therein lies the key to matching egg dishes with egg
Another good rule to remember: Keep the tannin level to a
minimum and the fruit level balanced.
Cheese and wine have such a natural affinity and so does wine
with meats and most vegetables. With Ann Vogel’s quiche recipes,
we’ll focus on pairing with the turkey, broccoli and Swiss cheese;
ham, cheddar, and onions; or brussel sprouts, crispy bacon, and
The first wine that comes to mind is from an area in France that
cooks up some of the best dishes in all of France. Alsace is in the
north east corner of France. Because this region borders Germany
and those borders have moved several times, the wines have a strong
Germanic influence. For the most part, the wines are made from
white grapes, much like in Germany and the grape names are listed
on the label, unusual for a French wine.
The Pinot Blanc grape is a wonderful alternative to Chardonnay.
The way it’s fermented here produces a similar medium to
full-bodied style of wine with good acidity even though it is aged
in stainless-steel tanks.
Pierre Sparr 2011 Pinot Blanc is traditionally made with no skin
contact and no malolactic fermentation but it does spend 6 months
on the lees. The resulting effort is medium bodied with aromas of
pears and lemon peel with flavors of sweet pear, spice and minerals
balanced by crisp acidity. The alcohol is low at 12% and this
delightful wine ranges between $12 and $15.
Another unusual but splendid pairing would be a Beaujolais made
from the Gamay grape. Yep, it’s a red wine and this is an egg dish,
but trust me, it works! And the reason is the wine has wonderful
fruit and very low tannins.
There are two distinct types of Beaujolais, Cru and Nouveau. Cru
Beaujolais are from a specific commune in Beaujolais such as
Morgon, Fleurie, or Bouilly. Cru Beaujolais can be aged, although
for a shorter period. These are elegant, medium bodied reds with
black fruits flavors and an affinity to smoked meats and
The 3rd Thursday in November is when Beaujolais
Nouveau is released. This style of Beaujolais is very fruity due to
the way it’s produced. It’s the fastest wine on the planet, taking
only two months from vineyard to your glass. You can expect a fruit
bowl on the nose and palate and a smooth finish. This is a red wine
with training wheels.
The two biggest producers of Beaujolais Nouveau are DuBoeuf and
Drohin. Both sell for around $15. For a Cru Beaujolais producer,
look for Château Thivin or Hubert LaPierre for about $15
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