Most Common Wines Served with an Afternoon Brunch

Sunshine and milder temperatures are always around the corner. Outdoor activities like hiking or shopping at the farmer’s market are best on sunny weekends. But they’re also great for brunch with pals. These are ideal times for outside eating with a tasty drink. Most people associate brunch with endless mimosas or the newest Champagne drink. However, many wines match well with brunch items.

These five wines will delight when ordered or chosen at home from those found at a local bottle shop.

While brunch is about violating rules, there is one wine-brunching rule: Wine sugar levels determine your afternoon’s survival. Too sugary, and you’ll have a worse hangover. 

In our guide, we’ve considered that rule for all wines.

Chenin Blanc

Chenin Blanc, a white grape, produces various styles, including dry whites, sparkling sparklings, and decadent sweet wines. South African oak-aged samples are popular. Chenin Blanc is best for brunch beverages and pairs well with sweet brunch meals. Its residual sweetness and fruitiness complement sweet sauces, making it an excellent choice for brunch beverages.

Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc, a fragrant white wine, pairs well with refreshing brunch beverages and meals. It has grapefruit and lime flavours and juicy acidity, with methoxypyrazines providing fragrant grape herbaceous characteristics. France and New Zealand are known for their Sauvignon Blancs, with Sancerre making superior and affordable wines. Pairings include avocado toast, bagels with smoked salmon lox, brunch salads, and herb-loaded frittatas.


Chablis, a crisp, acid-driven Chardonnay from northern Burgundy, is ideal for breakfast due to its bright acidity and green apple and lemon aromas. Produced in hillside vineyards, Chablis is riper, citrus-oriented, and balanced. It pairs well with quiche Lorraine, chicken and waffles, eggs benedict, and egg salad tartines.

Grenache Rosé

Rosé is a popular brunch wine with fresh, fruity, and herbaceous flavours. It pairs well with Grenache rosé, a major grape in Provence, Tavel, and other rosés. Grenache rosé, known for its strawberry, raspberry, and watermelon flavours, is perfect for breakfast meals like Denver omelettes or huevos rancheros. Its fruity aromas, mild acidity, and higher alcohol make it ideal for pairing with various dishes.


Red wine aficionados looking for brunch cocktails choose lighter-bodied reds like Pinot Noir or Gamay. Though these are fantastic choices, Tempranillo is also an excellent red wine. The thick-skinned grape Tempranillo requires hot, sunny settings to develop and grow. Thus, Spain’s premium black grape is planted nationwide. With refined tannins, Tempranillo possesses moderate to high acidity, body, and alcohol. The red wines smell like cherry, fig, strawberry, cedar, or tobacco. Rioja produces the best Spanish Tempranillo. Brunch Rioja should be Joven or Crianza. These have the least oak age and are fruitier and less tannic. Rioja Reserva and Gran Reserva need months of oak barrel age to be at their finest.

Tempranillo pairs well with breakfast burritos, chilaquiles, and sausage hash for brunch. These brunch favourites’ spicy, salty, fatty, or cheesy flavours pair well with Tempranillo’s dark fruits and earthy overtones.

Shop the wines mentioned in this post that suit your taste, and enjoy every brunch you’ll have next time!