Or wine with breakfast, whatever your poison. Our host for WBW this month is El Jefe of Twisted Oak. He’s asked everyone to choose a wine that goes with breakfast for this WBW, with the caveat that you couldn’t choose a sweet white, a rose, or a sparkler. It had to be a dry white or a red wine. You can get all the details here.
So, I don’t generally like to drink at breakfast. The odd mimosa here and there, sure, but I’ve never actually sat down with a bottle of (non-Boone’s Farm, don’t ask, college was weird) wine and consumed it with my breakfast in the morning. Most frequently, we have breakfast for dinner and will often have wine with that, but we usually go with a Rose with our eggs!
To solve our dilemma, we went with breakfast for dinner! We chose the meal before the wine, based on what was in our house: pancakes and syrup with a side of bacon. I think I should have taken Thea’s advice and made my syrup out of wine because maple syrup did not go well with the wine! And the wine? Well, in honor of El Jefe hosting, we picked the 2005 Twisted Oak Tanner Vineyards Syrah. I got this bottle in a club shipment for $25.60, it clocked in at 14.5% alcohol by volume, and had a real cork closure.
On the nose I found blackberries, plums, spice, leather, slight red fruit, vanilla, brown sugar, mocha, and chocolate. In the mouth I got tart fruit, raspberries, blackberries, pepper, spice, coffee, and lots more raspberries.
I tried it with plain pancakes and it was great. When I added syrup, not so much, the syrup didn’t match with the wine. However, it was fabulous with the bacon! I aired our glassed out for about two hours before we drank it, but it was still tight. This is a really young wine and probably needs some more time in the bottle. After it aired out, the wine got nice and smooth and showed really great structure.
Many thanks to El Jefe for hosting, and as always, a tip of the hat to Lenn, our founder. I’ll be sure to let you know when the round up of Breakfast Wines is posted!