Trending Now: Cabernet With Brunch

As Cabernet and food lovers, we’re often asked if Cabernet can be paired with morning meals like brunch – or, dare we say, breakfast. The short answer – a resounding yes!

Whether you’re planning a special brunch for Mothers’ Day (hint: skip the mimosas) or hosting friends for a mid-morning feast, use Winery Chef Dominic Orsini’s tips and recipes to prepare delicious and unexpected pairings that surprise and delight.

How to Pair Wines With Brunch

  • Protein: The weight of each dish should match the weight of the wine. When pairing Cabernet with brunch or breakfast, choose a savory protein like salmon, eggs, bacon, breakfast sausage or cheese.
  • Salt and acid: Salt helps to amplify food flavors and soften wine tannins, and acid – like lemon – can brighten a wine and make flavors pop. A sprinkling of capers, which have both salt and acid, are a perfect accompaniment for a morning dish paired with Cabernet.
  • Balance of mouth-coating flavors: A tannic red wine like Cabernet will do well with a protein-based sauce like butter or cream.

Smoked Salmon Tartine
Savory proteins like salmon pair well with Cabernet

Classic Brunch Dishes to Pair with Cabernet

  • Lox and bagels: This classic dish is a great match for Cabernet given the weight of the salmon and cream cheese balanced with lemon and capers.
  • Eggs benedict: Hollandaise, the traditional eggs benedict sauce made with butter and lemon, has rich mouth-coating flavors that are a great pair for Cabernet. For a twist, use salmon instead of Canadian bacon.
  • Mushroom frittata or quiche: Eggs bring a dose of protein, and mushrooms an earthy umani. Season with salt and garnish with pickled red onions and crème fraiche.

Cabernet-friendly Brunch Recipes

No matter what time of day you enjoy Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon, a delicious food pairing enhances the experience. Explore our recipes and discover seasonal pairings for our entire selection of Silver Oak and Twomey wines.

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Have a food and wine pairing question? Email Chef Dominic.