Twist on a Sunday Morning Favorite
“All you need is Love and Wine. Maybe some chocolate… and a nap. But mostly LOVE” –Anonymous
I hope that each of you had a wonderful Valentine’s Day. Chocolate and champagne make the best companions for this special day. Let’s focus on a favorite for Sunday Brunch – Mimosas!
Mimosas are a favorite at many restaurants that specialize in Sunday Brunch. As tastes have evolved, the flavors that are paired with sparkling wines and champagnes have also become varied. No longer are Mimosas simply paired with orange juice. Multiple juice variations are featured.
A Mimosa is a blended drink that features sparkling wine and/or champagne. One that I enjoy is Korbel California Champagne (www.korbel.com). This is easily accessible in most stores that sells wine and is very reasonably priced. I prefer the Brut variety for pairing with the sweetness of juices.
Triple Berry Mimosa featuring Korbel Brut
PositiveVines ‘HelpfulTip : Why can Korbel be labeled a champagne if it is produced outside of France? The Treaty of Versailles established the ownership of the Champagne label to the Champagne region of France. The U.S. signed the treaty but, the U.S. Senate never ratified it thereby producing a loophole in the use of the title.
Korbel Champagne is produced in the state of California. Korbel has a light taste with a hint of dryness. The beverage is made from Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, French Colombard and Pinot Noir grapes. Korbel Brut has slight hints of citrus flavors and a very pleasant aroma. In 2015 the Brut took Gold and Silver awards in Orange County, CA and San Francisco wine competitions.
One variation on the Mimosa that I enjoy is a Triple Berry Mimos. The base features fresh squeezed orange juice combined with strawberry, raspberry and blueberry juices. Fill a champagne flute with 2/3 of the juice mixture, add a few frozen blueberries and fill the glass with Korbel Brut. As you drink the Mimosa, you can refill your glass with the remaining Korbel. Top it with a strawberry or other fruit on the rim for an added pop of color. The Korbel and juice mixture provides just the right blend of sweet and dryness.
Grab a couple of bottles of Korbel the next time that you see it at your favorite wine or grocery store. Prices starts at $11 per bottle and is a great champagne to keep on hand.