The 16 Best Brunch Wines in 2024

By Dirk Smits

Brunch: The Best Wine Pairings

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

BUBBLES

1. Champagne Taittinger Prélude Grands Crus | Reims, France

Origin: Reims, France
Varietals: 50% Chardonnay, 50% Pinot Noir
Price: $113.00
ABV: 12.5%

Champagne Taittinger Prélude is produced exclusively from Grand Cru vineyards. The fermentation takes place under temperature-controlled conditions. The final cuvée undergoes the second fermentation in the bottle in Taittinger’s cool cellars. The wine is aged for five years on the lees, as opposed to the required minimum of one, to develop body and bouquet.

The pale yellow color with silvery reflections indicates the high proportion of Chardonnay. On the nose: subtle and fresh, with mineral aromas giving way to notes of elderflowers and spicy cinnamon. In the mouth: lean mineral Chardonnay notes balancing the aromatic strength of Pinot Noir. On the palate: fresh citrus and white peaches in syrup.

Champagne Taittinger Prélude pairs well with classic seafood dishes, so may we suggest bringing scallops or caviar to the evening for more romance.

> For more information, visit Champagne Taittinger official website.

2. Brilla! Prosecco Rosé 2020 | Veneto, Italy

Origin: Veneto, Italy
Varietal: Glera and Pinot Noir
Price: $15.00
ABV: 11%

Brilla! Prosecco Rosé is a combination of the world of Prosecco with one of the greatest expressions of style and elegance: jewels. The Brilla! bottle is the result of a design project that goes beyond a simple bottle of Prosecco. The design team created a texture that is reminiscent of diamonds with a special emphasis on pear shaped diamonds, synonymous of purity and high-end jewelry. Once used to adorn the crowns worn by noblesse, today they are forged into a bottle of Prosecco. A glittered label completes the effervescent sparkling packaging, making it perfect for Valentine’s Day.

This pale rosé shows a persistent fine bead. Aromas of green apple, citrus and red berries unfold on the bouquet. The palate reveals white flower petals and strawberry, lively acidity and a certain creaminess that makes the finish very enjoyable.

> For more information, visit Brilla Prosecco official website.

3. Domaine Carneros 2018 Estate Brut Cuvée | Napa Valley, CA

Origin: Napa Valley, CA
Varietals: 54% Pinot Noir, 46% Chardonnay
Price: $38
ABV: 12%

Domaine Carneros is a singular Napa Valley winery well-known for its Méthode Traditionelle sparkling wines. The wines are produced from fruits coming exclusively from its own vineyards. Domaine Carneros was founded in 1987 by the prestigious Champagne Taittinger family.

This wine was aged three years. It offers notes of citrus zest, green apples, macadamia nut, with a hint of brioche. On the palate, it reveals poached pear, crisp apple, yuzu, honeydew melon, and lemon sorbet with a toasty finish.

> For more information, visit Domaine Carneros official website.

4. Albert Bichot, Crémant de Bourgogne, Brut Réserve } Burgundy, France

Origin: Burgundy, France
Varietal: 60% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir
Price: $24.00
ABV: 12%

The Albert Bichot domaine is located in Beaune, Burgundy. It was founded in 1831 by Bernard Bichot and it was his grandson, Albert, who gave it a new lease on life at the end of the nineteenth century. The domaine has more than 240 acres of vines that are grown organically, complemented by purchases of grapes and musts.

For this wine, the variety of grapes and the choice of their origins are the result of their constant search for balance. The Chardonnay brings tension, white flowers and minerality. The Pinot Noir brings fruit, density and vinosity.

This light-yellow colored wine shows a vivid display of fine bubbles, a nose revealing white flowers, citrus and crushed rock. The palate shows citrus fruit, apple, a good dose of juicy acidity and a touch of mineral.

> For more information, visit Albert Bichot official website.

5. J Vineyards Brut Rosé | Sonoma County, CA

Origin: Sonoma County, CA, USA
Varietals: 61% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay, 4% Pinot Meunier 
Price: $45
ABV: 12.5%

Sumptuous sparkling rosé comes from one of the Russian River Valley’s most distinguished producers. It smells of raspberries, almonds and rose petals and tastes notes of fresh mandarin orange, roasted strawberries and crème fraîche. Lively acidity and firm minerality set up a lush, enduring finish. A delightful companion to with traditional Spanish seafood paella, salmon tartare or camembert with candied kumquats and lavender almonds.

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

WHITE WINES •

6. La Crema, 2022 Sauvignon Blanc | Sonoma County, California, USA

Origin: Sonoma County, California
Varietal: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Price: $25.00
ABV: 13.5%

La Crema winery’s original name, La Crema Viňeda, meaning “best of the vine,” sets the standard for all they do since 1979. From their home in the Russian River Valley, they have explored the best cool-climate growing regions in California for growing their grapes. They seek areas where ocean winds and fog allow grapes to ripen slowly on the vine, developing complex flavors and aromas.

This wine offers a bright yellow color with aromas of tropical fruit, some minerality and lemon blossom. On the palate, ripe melon, grapefruit, stone fruit and apple emerge. Good acidity carries the wine into a mouthwatering finish.

> For more information, visit La Crema official website.

7. 2022 Gundlach Bundschu Gewürztraminer | Sonoma Coast, California

2021 Gundlach Bundschu Gewürztraminer

Origin: Sonoma Coast, California, USA
Varietal: 100% Gewürztraminer
Price: $29
ABV: 14.3%

We’ve chosen this particular dry Gewürztraminer in part for sentimental reasons. Gundlach Bundschu is one of Sonoma County’s oldest winemaking estates. A family-run operation, this wine tradition has carried on for six generations. That makes the Gundlach family a true emblem of American winemaking history.

This Gewürztraminer has aromas of jasmine, honeysuckle and a hint of spice are alluring. In the mouth. The wine almost dances across the tongue with flavors of pineapple, stone fruit, lychee and vanilla. Yet, it finishes clean.

> For more information, visit the Gundlach Bundschu official website.

8. Amayna, Sauvignon Blanc 2021 | Chile

Origin: Layda Valley, Chile
Varietal: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Price: $50.00
ABV: 14.4%

The word “amayna” in Chile loosely translates to “the calm after the storm” – that ominous yet peaceful feeling that you only experience around the ocean. Their gravity-fed winery and vineyards sit with an unobstructed view just 7 miles from the Pacific Ocean. Directly influenced by the ocean, the cool climate and long sunny days allow the grapes to ripen slowly and ensure the variety retains its distinct characteristics.

This wine has a light straw yellow color with a nose of citrus and some faint tropical fruit. The palate is rich and balanced, with lots of citrus, flower, mineral, all evolving in a creamy, long finish.

> For more information, visit Garces Silva Family Vineyards official website.

9. Tablas Creek, Roussanne 2021 | Paso Robles, California

Tablas Creek, Roussanne 2019, Paso Robles

Origin: Paso Robles, Adelaida District, California, USA
Varietal: 100% Roussanne
Price: $45
ABV: 12.5%

Tablas Creek Vineyard, founded in the limestone hills of Paso Robles’ Adelaida District by the Perrin family of Château de Beaucastel and Robert Haas of Vineyard Brands, is dedicated to sustainably farmed wines from grape varietals traditional to France’s Rhône Valley.

Roussanne is prized for its richness, structure, ageability and flavors of honey, spice and mineral. Tablas Creek ferment and age their Roussanne for nine months in a mix of small wood, large neutral casks and stainless steel.

The wine displays a deep straw color. There is a very recognizable Roussanne nose: fresh honey, pear, brioche and crushed slate. The broad, well-balanced palate offers tropical fruit, pear, honey and good minerality.

> For more information, visit the Tablas Creek Vineyard official website.

ROSÉ WINES •

10. Château de Berne Inspiration 2021 | Provence, France

Origin: Côtes de Provence, France
Varietals: 50% Grenache Noir, 30% Cinsault, 20% Syrah
Price: $21.99
ABV: 12.5%

The true colors of Provençal rosés are captured in this bottle. On the nose, it is floral and clean, with fresh berries first then fresh herbs and flowers with a dry finish. With a harmony of bright acidity, rich texture and dry finish is a perfect choice for pairing with roasted chicken or grilled lobster.

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

> Watch GAYOT’s exclusive interview with winemaker Alexis Cornu to learn more about Château de Berne.

11. Domaines Ott, Château de Romassan 2021 | Bandol, France

Origin: Provence, France
Varietals: 55% Mourvèdre, 30% Cinsault, 15% Grenache
Price: $51.00
ABV: 13%

Domaines Ott was founded in 1912 by Alsatian engineer Marcel Ott. He bought several estates and began renovating them with the determined ambition to create great Provençal wines from noble grape varietals. These wines are made at three distinctively different estates: Château Romassan (Bandol), Clos Mireille and Château de Selle (both Côtes-de-Provence).

Château Romassan is located in the Bandol appellation and lies at the foot of the village of Le Castellet. The soil is poor, composed of limestone, sandstone, and marine upper cretaceous marls. The Bandol appellation is known for its terraced landscapes built from the hard stone with vines, which are planted into vast terraces with varying exposures. The sea air from the bay of Bandol compensates for the terroir’s acidity and low rainfall.

This 2021 reveals a light peach color with aromas of peach, strawberry, grapefruit and spices. The medium-bodied palate is silky in texture, offering flavors of blood orange, peaches, strawberry, spice and mineral. Densely packed and showing fresh acidity, this wine ends very long on the finish.

> For more information, visit Domaines Ott official website.

12. Planeta, Rosé 2021 Sicilia DOC | Sicily, Italy

Rosé 2021 Planeta Sicily

Origin: Sicily, Italy
Varietals:  50% Nero d’Avola, 50% Syrah
Price: $16.00
ABV: 12.5%

The Planeta Family has been involved in Sicilian agriculture for five centuries and seventeen generations. Their work on the island has contributed to the revitalization of Sicilian winemaking. All of the company’s activities have a single theme: environmental sustainability. Through the use of solar panels and biomass production, principally pruning residues to produce energy, reusing and recycling of all materials used in the production cycle, and the exclusive use of recycled paper for packing and printed materials. Because the land is a collective benefit, Planeta considers it is a duty to make every effort in preserving it.

This wine has a light pink color with a slight trace of orange. The nose is very floral with hints of strawberries and rose petals. The mouth fills with flavors of wild red berry fruit, some mineral, melon and zesty citrus. The finish has soft creaminess and balanced acidity.

> For more information, visit Planeta official website.

13. King Estate, Rosé of Pinot Noir 2021 | Willamette Valley, Oregon

Origin: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Price: $25.00
ABV: 13.5%

King Estate was founded in 1991 by the King family with a deep commitment to sustainable farming. Their uniquely integrated ecosystem of vineyard and woodland, grasslands and wetlands, orchards and culinary gardens located in Oregon’s prestigious Willamette Valley, led them to first obtain certified organic status followed by the biodynamic standard in 2016. Today, King Estate is the largest certified biodynamic vineyard in North America.

Pale pink is coloring the wine. Aromas of cherry, cranberry and lemon zest are unfolding in the nose. The bright palate reveals the same red fruit, with some mineral in addition, all wrapped up in fresh acidity, evolving in a mouthwatering finish.

> For more information, visit King Estate official website.

RED WINES •

14. Domaine Carneros 2020 Avant-Garde Pinot Noir | Napa Valley, CA

Origin: Napa Valley, CA
Varietals: 100% Pinot Noir
Price: $35
ABV: 13.8%

While Domaine Carneros is well-known for its sparkling wines, it also produces Pinot Noirs, heralding the distinctive bright berry qualities of the Carneros Region. The wines are produced from fruits coming from its vineyards. Domaine Carneros was founded in 1987 by the prestigious Champagne Taittinger family.

The fruit for this wine is sourced from all six Domaine Carneros vineyards. Fermented in small open-topped tanks, it is then aged for ten months in Burgundian French oak barrels. This wine features aromas of fresh pomegranate and red raspberry, warm oak and cinnamon. The palate delivers flavors of red raspberry, with notes of black cherry, and a subtle suggestion of tobacco leaf.

> For more information, visit Domaine Carneros official website.

15. King Estate, Inscription, Pinot Noir 2021 | Willamette Valley, Oregon

Origin: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Price: $19.00
ABV: 13.5%

Inscription is a vow of authenticity. King Estate has sourced the Pinot Noir grapes for this wine from some of the most acclaimed vineyards in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

This wine shows a bright scarlet color in the glass. The nose boasts red fruit, violet and some earthy notes. The palate delivers ripe red berry fruit, some cigar box and oak, all wrapped up with soft tannins and juicy acidity.

> For more information, visit King Estate official website.

16. Alta, Viña Arana Gran Reserva 2014 | Rioja, Spain

Origin: Rioja, Spain
Varietal: 94% Tempranillo, 6% Graciano
Price: $46.00
ABV: 14.5%

Viña Arana Gran Reserva is one of the hidden jewels of Rioja, providing an excellent experience for those who wish to initiate themselves in the Gran Reservas of La Rioja Alta at a more attainable price point. This wine became a Gran Reserva with the 2012 vintage, due to its selection of grapes with more acidity and aging potential.

The wine has a deep red color. The nose offers lots of red fruit with hints of spice and smoke. The palate is well-balanced with fruity flavors, cigar box and spices. Soft tannins and lively acidity complement each other and lead the wine into a refined and long finish.

> For more information, visit the La Rioja Alta official website.