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Backwards Days


Sunday mornings are my favorite part of the week. After a busy Saturday night at the winery, Sundays are reserved for relaxing, reading and having brunch. On busy evenings, I let my girls have a “backwards day” for dinner so we get a moment to relax. Instead of your typical dinner, we’ll usually make pancakes, oatmeal, crepes, French toast or omelets so our meals can be quite interesting. Even though I can enjoy breakfast for dinner, I cannot get past drinking orange juice at night, so it’s been a challenge to find the right wine to pair with breakfast foods.
Thankfully after attending a recent brunch event, my challenge of pairing wine with my backwards day dinner has been solved. I always worried that by pairing a wine with any sort of egg dish (omelets, scrambled, etc) the egg would taste spoiled. However, at the brunch we were served a Pinot Grigio with the eggs and the pairing was amazing. We had a basic ham and cheese omelet so the Pinot had a little bit of a nutty flavor that brought out the flavor of the ham but didn’t overpower the eggs.

When they started serving the pancakes and French toast, our guests had paired a Tempranillo wine with the course. This red wine, Tempranillo, is the name of the grape and has an earthy, almost musty flavor if you drink it alone. However, when pairing it with a food the wine becomes very mellow. Of course, we covered our pancakes in maple syrup and it almost seemed to compliment the wine.

Finally, we finished with a fruit salad. There are so many options with pairing wine with fruit. There were two kinds of wine placed on our table. One was a late harvest Riesling and the other was a concord grape wine. As both wines are on the sweeter side it blended very well with the fruit selection.

Of course, if all else fails in pairing wine with breakfast, you can always make a mimosa – orange juice and champagne. To me that is the perfect pairing with any breakfast. So, next time you want to have a backwards day, don’t be afraid to try your own pairing and see what new dinner menus you can put together.

Amanda is the Co-Owner of Candlelight Winery located at 11325 Center Road, Garrettsville. For more information on the winery, please visit www.candlelightwinery.com.

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Amanda Conkol and her husband Chris are the owners of Candlelight Winery in Garrettsville, Ohio. Amanda’s passion for wine is evident in her weekly column “Notes From The Vineyard”, but that’s not all Amanda is passionate about. She maintains a full schedule raising twin daughters, working a day job consulting as an IT Project Manager and is the Girl Troop Leader for her daughters’ troop. When time allows Amanda loves to travel (especially to Disney World) and go for runs throughout Nelson Township.