Wednesday, January 14, 2009

WBW #53 Wine with Breakfast

This month's theme from our Twisted Host Jeff Stai, AKA El Jefe of Twisted Oak Winery, is one that is sure to inspire some good old fashioned debauchery: Wine with Breakfast. No bubbles, dessert wines, or mimosa's allowed! Dear me! Since I just don't have a stomach for booze before noon, I decided to go with a late "brunch" frittata. As you can see, I served it up while still in my jammies. This frittata had hash browns on the bottom, a little cheese, and some roasted red peppers, and was garnished with scallions, salsa, and sour cream.

Okay, there are several ways we could have gone with this food pairing. However, the overwhelming influence, thanks to the potato and sour cream was Northern European. I think this eggy delight could have paired nicely with a buttery Montagny 1er Cru or a nice bright Alsace Pinot Gris, but we had no such thing on hand.

The dish reminded me a lot of something the german side of my family used to make: Potato pancakes (with sour cream of course). Correct me if I'm wrong, but Germans would never have wine with breakfast..? Right? No, I think they would have beer. Now, go with me here for a second; frittatas are also a lot like pizza except with potato and egg instead of dough and sauce, and since I'm told that Italians never drink wine with pizza, I think my choice is clear and justified... That's right. Beer. Especially, if you're having pizza for breakfast, right? Any college kid could tell you that. Okay, okay, I cheated. I didn't see anything specifically barring beer in the rules though...

Long Trail Hefeweizen is one of my favorite Hefeweizens. I think Jeff will also appreciate that the word "Hefe" features prominently in the name. I first experienced Hefeweizen in a biergarten in Germany where it was served in a long skinny glass with a wedge of lemon. Long Trail has the closest thing to that authentic Hefeweizen that I've found. It has aromas of white blossoms on the nose, and is slightly sweet. The tiny bubbles provide a nice smooth mouthfeel overall, with a crisp lemony attack. Just for the record, I did try some chard that was laying around but, this beer was definitely the match to beat.

Thanks to El Jefe for this month's twisted WBW theme (sorry, I cheated!!) and, as always, a shout out to WBW founder Lenn Thompson. Now for the parting money shot of my frittata!

5 comments:

john witherspoon said...

nice post, the pairing sounds very good and that fritatta looks DELISH!!!!!!!!!

nice jammies too! haha

Taster B said...

Haha--thanks! I liked how it worked out that I had proof that this was not breakfast food eaten at dinner time. ;)

Do Bianchi said...

I gotta say that frittata looks great...

El Jefe said...

Cheater Cheater Frittata Eater!

Looks pretty darn yummy though, and I do love Hefeweizens - thanks!

Taster B said...

Thanks Jeremy & Jeff, it was a good frittata. Taster A kept saying how good it was!