There are many difficult decisions to face in life – buying your first house, deciding whether to finally go sky diving or not, what to bring to your in-laws Sunday lunch and of course… how to pair wine and eggs.
We can help with the latter; the former decisions are all you. Eggs are not as easy as you may think to pair with wine, even though they are used extensively in cuisine. There are plenty of ways to prepare eggs – sunny side up, in a vegetable omelet and of course in more complex recipes. One thing needs to be clear though, our advice is based on chicken eggs. We’re not talking anything fancy like ostrich or duck eggs. That’s a whole other ball game.
HARD BOILED EGG | TUSCAN VERMENTINO
Let’s start with the simplest of recipes – the boiled egg. Boiled eggs pair well with a sparkling white wine with strong acidity, one which will easily cleanse the palate after the egg yolk has dried up our salivary glands. The perfect pairing is a Tuscan Vermentino. It’s floral and fruity notes offer the perfect balance for a simple recipe such as a boiled egg. Deviled eggs anyone?
VEGETABLE OMELETTE | VERDICCHIO
Another classic recipe is a vegetable omelette.This dish offers a substantial amount of fat as it is fried in oil and depending on the vegetable it will also be on the sweeter side, especially if you choose onions as your veggie! It’s important to choose a wine to balance these elements. A white wine such as a Vermentino
is ideal with its delicate structure or a Ribolla Gialla del Friuli, Verdicchio also work well with such a dish. SPAGHETTI ALLA CARBONARA | MERLOT
And now let’s move onto the richer dishes that something like Italian cuisine can offer us – a Spaghetti alla Carbonara
. Yum! This recipe is quite simple and includes ingredients such as pasta, eggs, Pecorino cheese and guanciale (pig cheek). This delicious dish offers the perfect sapidity in every bite but needs a wine that can easily cleanse all that richness from the palate. Your best bet is to stay away from wines which are too structured or offer excessive tannins. We want to cleanse the palate, not dry it up. A fresh, soft red wine such as a Merlot works well with this dish or a Frascati Superiore white wine from Rome. A rosé can also pair well, as the right one can combine the freshness and acidity of a white wine with the structure of a red wine. If you are opting for a rosé, go for a Dogajolo
. You may find this to be an unexpected surprise pairing! If you are more the type of person who enjoys a light egg scramble for dinner, you will want to try a light, dry white wine such as a Trebbiano d’Abruzzo or a white wine from Apulia.