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Wine And Brunch Pairings To Make Your Weekend A Little Classier

Move over, brunch cocktails.

The real question is why aren't you drinking wine at brunch? Sure Bloody Marys are awesome and mimosas and bellinis are delightful, but wine is classy. When you're feeling like a mess from the night before and need help convincing your friends and yourself that that wasn't you trying to pour drinks for the bartender at last call, wine at brunch is your friend. Ordering a glass of Riesling or Rosé will instantly legitimize you and gloss over any questionable behavior you may or may not want to make disappear as quickly as your eggs Benedict.

If you aren't yet sold on wine at brunch, the folks at New York City's Corkbuzz Wine Studio will convince you. Co-founder of Corkbuzz and master sommelier Laura Maniec, and Corkbuzz's chef A.J. Schaller know a thing or two about food and wine pairings. Their Union Square restaurant and wine bar, which just opened a new location in Chelsea and will be opening another in Charlotte, NC soon, not only centers around enjoying food and wine in unison, but it also offers classes on the subject. For brunch, they've got the lowdown on excellent pairings for everything from pancakes to burgers -- because we all know brunch calls for a burger every now and again.

While you might not immediately think of a wine bar as the right place to get brunch, it's actually a perfect location. The bar might have 40 open bottles of wine at the end of the night, which means you'll have a huge array of glasses from which to choose the next morning. Most restaurants, on the other hand, will offer only a handful of wines by the glass. Of course, if you're looking for a whole bottle at 11 a.m., a wine bar will also have you covered.

Here are five wine and brunch pairings, recommended by the experts, to get you started on what we hope will become a long journey of exploring wine options at brunch. Once you figure out what you like, the sky -- ok, maybe the bill -- is your limit.

Pancakes + German Riesling
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One bite of Corkbuzz's lemon ricotta pancakes followed by a sip of German Riesling and you'll be sold. The sweetness of the wine works well with the sweet pancakes, especially when there's some citrus in there to even things out.
Eggs + Sparkling Wine
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Eggs are traditionally a difficult food to pair with wine, Maniec told us. You want to stay away from tannins and oak, she says. Sparkling wine is a great option. We're in.
French Toast + Pinot Noir
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Corkbuzz's cornflake-crusted French Toast, which comes with seasonal jam and whipped cream, goes well with an oaky Pinot Noir. The oak in the wine melds with the berry and vanilla in the French toast, Meniac says, making for an exquisite pairing. Whether you'll be able to get up from the table afterwards is on you.
Vegetable Frittata + Gruner Veltliner
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A wine like Gruner Veltliner, which is a "refreshing, medium-bodied, peppery white wine with stone fruit flavors," goes well with greens and vegetables. The wine is great for any vegetable frittatas or quiches, or the kale and apple salad on the menu you know you should order but probably won't.
Burger + Rosé
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A rosé can hold its own against a burger, but it's light enough for brunch. Corkbuzz offers a whole class on pairing burgers with rose, so you know the combination is a winner.

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