Breakfast holds a special place in my heart. It started in childhood when I would watch my grandfather serve my grandmother breakfast in bed every morning. Before she even stepped foot out of bed, he would brew her coffee and create something special for her to enjoy. This typically consisted of an English muffin with a slice of tomato and melted cheddar cheese or an egg with toast. He'd anxiously await her smile as he cleared her nightstand to make room for the tray. Although I was a child, my intuition told me that he loved her more than what I had deemed normal. As I watched him kiss her on the forehead, I hoped that a man would love me like that someday. Breakfast on Sunday's was always an event in my household. Instead of breakfast in bed, everyone gathered around the kitchen table. My grandfather would make eggs any way you liked them and homemade hash browns with toast. On lazy Sundays, I'd jump in the car with my grandfather before my grandmother awoke and head to McDonald's to order several breakfast platters. As soon as we arrived home, I'd ask my grandfather if I could place my breakfast platter along with my grandmother's on the tray and eat with her in bed. Of course, he never said no and my grandmother always looked pleased to see me. She'd let me watch cartoons as we ate in bed together. I cherish these moments for not only did I catch a glimpse of the love a man can have for a woman, but it was also one of the few times that I was allowed to eat away from the kitchen table. Cheers to that!
Too bad McDonald's didn't offer the McGriddle® when I was a child. Instead of having a breakfast platter, a McGriddle® consists of everything in one sandwich. The breading of the McGriddle® is a special type of maple flavored pancake with your choice of sausage, ham or bacon and an optional choice of egg or cheese. For people who enjoy a bite of everything on their plate at once, this breakfast sandwich does the trick. Now, because the pancake is infused with syrup, I needed a wine that could stand up to the sugar as well as everything else in the sandwich. In the end I chose the Luccio Rose from Piedmont, Italy. The wine is made from the Malvasia grape in a style similar to Moscato. It has aromas of strawberry, raspberry, lychee, apricots and a touch of minerality. On the palate it comes across as combination of strawberry marmalade and watermelon juice with just the right balance of sugar and acidity. The wine is low in alcohol (5.5%) making it perfect for breakfast and retails for $9.99, which equals the price of the 4 orange juices or coffees you would have purchased. And after tasting this wine, I don't think anyone will complain that they're enjoying this instead of coffee! After a bite of the McGriddle® and then a sip of the wine, I notice the flavors of the pancake heighten. Next, the spicy sausage flavors spring forth and seem tamed by the sweetness of the wine. Although the wine is low in alcohol, the weight of the wine works against the heaviness of the sandwich due to the leftover residual sugar. Although the wine is not sparkling, it has a slight spritz that helps to wash the flavors off the palate and entices you to take another bite. What a fun way to start your morning! Cheers!