Top 10 Brunch Wines

By Gayot Editors

Great Wines for Weekend Brunch

Brunch is an ideal setting for sipping wine, but unless you plan on napping afterward, it’s better to stick with lighter selections.

GAYOT’s list of the Best Brunch Wines offers a diverse selection of sparkling, white, rosé and red wines that do well by fine food and fabulous friends.

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1. J Vineyards Brut Rosé

J Vineyards Brut Rosé

Type: SPARKLING
Origin: Sonoma County, CA, USA
Price: $35

Sumptuous sparkling rosé comes from one of the Russian River Valley’s most distinguished producers. It smells of raspberries, nuts and rose petals and tastes of blood orange and toasted hazelnuts. Lively acidity and firm minerality set up a lush, enduring finish. A delightful companion to roasted beet and goat cheese salad or a plate of smoked salmon canapés.

> For more information, visit the J Vineyards & Winery official website.

2. Roederer Estate 2009 L’Ermitage

Roederer Estate 2009 L'Ermitage

Type: SPARKLING
Origin: Anderson Valley, CA, USA
Price: $48

This elegant and complex blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley could go head-to-head with the $100 gems from Champagne. With a velvety mouthfeel and a well-enveloped citrus acidity, it has notes of apricot and hazelnut. A perfect companion to a veggie omelet and light pastries.

> For more information, visit the Roederer Estate official website.

3. Gary Farrell 2016 Russian River Valley Rosé of Pinot Noir

Gary Farrell 2016 Russian River Valley Rosé of Pinot Noir

Type: ROSÉ
Origin: Sonoma County, CA, USA
Price: $32

This is a whole-cluster-pressed rosé made entirely with Pinot Noir grapes from a stellar vintage. The nose is a delightful medley of fresh fruit, most prominently strawberry and peach, while the palate brims with tart grapefruit, dried herbs and hibiscus. Offering a bracing acidity and a savory mineral quality, it’s an exceptionally well-made wine that complements a wide range of lighter fare.

> For more information, visit the Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery official website.

4. Albinea Canali Ottocentonero

Albinea Canali Ottocentonero

Type: LAMBRUSCO
Origin: Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Price: $35

Lambrusco is back — and it’s back in a big way. (Rest assured, this isn’t your grandparents’ Riunite, either.) Ottocentonero is an impeccably balanced ruby red bubbly with rich berry flavors and sturdy minerality. At just 11.5% alcohol, it won’t leave you with the post-brunch drowsies. An ideal companion to rich foods like pasta and grilled meats.

  > For more information, visit the Albinea Canali official website.

5. Marqués de Casa Concha 2015 Chardonnay

Marqués de Casa Concha 2015 Chardonnay

Type: WHITE
Origin: Limarí, Chile
Price: $22

In the Limarí region of Northern Chile, seven long months pass from bud-break to harvest, making it quite possibly the longest growing season on the planet. All that time certainly yields positive results. The Marqués de Casa Concha Chardonnay is clean and bright, with fig and pear flavor front and center. It’s a full-bodied wine with a creamy mouthfeel tinged with acidity. Perfect for brunching on white meat, shellfish and cheeses.

> For more information, visit the Marqués de Casa Concha official website.

6. Jean-Luc Colombo 2015 Cape Bleue Rosé

Jean-Luc Colombo 2015 Cape Bleue Rosé

Type: ROSÉ
Origin: Provence, France
Price: $13

For the price, you simply can’t beat this salmon-hued sipper from the celebrated winemaking wizard of the Rhône. Colombo has developed an international reputation for his innovative — some might say brash — winemaking methods. For this rosé, Colombo returned to his roots in Provence to create a wine that is as refreshing and memorable as a stroll on a beach in Southern France.

> For more information, visit the Jean-Luc Colombo official website.

7. Murrieta’s Well 2016 Dry Rosé

Murrieta's Well 2016 Dry Rosé

Type: ROSÉ
Origin: Livermore Valley, CA
Price: $30

Murrieta’s Well 2016 Dry Rosé has dominant strawberry and creamy notes. A rather unusual blend (at least, for California-made wine) of Grenache and Counoise, Murrieta’s Well Dry Rosé joins these Rhône varietals to present a welcome hint of spice to the dominant strawberry and creamy notes. A year-round rosé that pairs well with brunch classics, fresh fish and seasonal salads.

> For more information, visit the Murrieta’s Well official website.

8. Château de Berne 2015 Impatience Rosé

Château de Berne 2015 Impatience Rosé

Type: ROSÉ
Origin: Provence, France
Price: $20

In a word, drinkable. In two words, drinkable now. Seriously, get some. Château de Berne has been producing wine in Côtes de Provence for three centuries. They pretty much have it all figured out at this point. What they’ve done here is a delicate flower. A light, berry-flavored, made-for-brunching winner with just the right amount of acidity for balance.

> For more information, visit the Château de Berne official website.

9. Game of Thrones 2016 Chardonnay

Game of Thrones 2016 Chardonnay

Type: CHARDONNAY
Origin: Central Coast, CA, USA
Price: $20

What better way to brunch-bond than over a bottle of chilled vino inspired by the greatest television program in the entire history of the world? It’s a fact. Google it. The wine’s quite good, too. The alluring scent of white blossoms leads to a rich palate of fresh citrus and toffee. Mouth-watering acidity keeps everything in balance, just like the Wall keeps the Seven Kingdoms safe from the White Walkers.

> For more information, visit the Game of Thrones Wines official website.

10. Craggy Range 2013 Te Muna Road Vineyard Pinot Noir

Craggy Range Pinot Noir Martinborough 2005

Type: RED Origin: Martinborough, New Zealand Price: $45 For those who enjoy game and lamb dishes at brunch, this vibrant and light red is a spot-on choice. There’s rose petal and wet earth on the nose; a gorgeous palate with fresh red fruit flavors and fine dry tannins; and a soft, complex finish.   > For more information, visit the Craggy Range official website.