Eggs Benedict With Sparkling Wine

13th July 2022

Eggs Benedict with Sparkling Wines

This very popular and much-enjoyed breakfast and even brunch dish comes from the land of America.

When looking to make your own classic Eggs Benedict, it consists of an English muffin, split in half, with a few slices of Canadian Bacon, a Poached Egg placed on each half, then they are covered in Hollandaise Sauce.

The Story of Eggs Benedict

There are two stories that must be told when exploring the origins of this eggy delight.

The first tells the tale of a restaurant in Lower Manhattan called Delmonico’s, they state proudly on their menus, “Eggs Benedict was first created in our ovens in 1860.” Their chef Charles Ranhofer is said to have come up with the recipe in the 1860s after one of his regular customers by the name of Mrs. LeGrand Benedict asked to try something new.

That is when Chef Ranhofer’s mind started piecing together this egg dish which he named ‘Eggs a la Benedict‘, this story is partially backed up by the fact Charles Ranhofer also published this recipe in a cookbook in 1894.

The second story is set in New York City, during 1894, in the Waldorf Hotel, our lead character is a retired Wall Street stockbroker by the name of Lemuel Benedict, the night before he’d been out enjoying life with plenty of drinks, on this morning he was feeling the effects with a hangover, when he entered the hotel and sat down in its restaurant he placed an order for something which was not on the menu.

He ordered “buttered toast, poached eggs, crisp bacon, and a hooker of hollandaise”, this dish caught the eye of Oscar Tschirky, the maître d’hôtel, who perceived the dish an a new addition to the menu, but with a few tweaks, he swapped out the toast for a toasted English muffin and changed the crispy bacon to Canadian Bacon.

The Sparkling Wine

Ventiventi means 2020 in Italian, they planted their first vines in the wine-growing district of north Modena in 2016, using the classic method to make their Italian Sparkling Wines, the company was designed and built following a modern concept, being innovative using modern technology, guaranteeing a quality wine while respecting the territory, vines and plants, they are proud to say they are working on their sustainability, being organic and becoming self-sufficient.

You will also find that VentiVenti pairs well with Chill Con Carne and Thai Curry, we have loads of food pairings ideas and recommendations here on Glass of Bubbly, and many more on their way.

Cantina Ventiventi – Il Borghetto – Rosé Lambrusco di Moderna DOC

Aroma 👃 “Ripe red berries, sherbety sweet red berries, sharp redcurrant pink icing sugar, and pink blossom on the aroma.”

Flavour 👅 “Soft and sharper red berries, with a lovely moreish taste of naturally sweet strawberry and raspberry juice on the up of the tongue.”

Silver in the Hint of Spice Category at the Glass of Bubbly Awards 2021

Cantina Ventiventi – Il Borghetto – Pas Dosé

Aroma 👃 “Dry white cheese, custard, yellow floral and hints of lemon pulp on the aroma.”

Flavour 👅 “Similar expression, dry white cheese, yellow floral and yellow zesty citrus on the palate.”

Bronze in the Zesty & Zingy Category at the Glass of Bubbly Awards 2021

Eggs Benedict Paired With VentiVenti

Cantina Ventiventi – Il Borghetto – Rosé Lambrusco di Moderna DOC

Pairing Notes – “The Sparkling Wine adds a joyous expression of natural red berries, a fine display of strawberry and raspberry juice is spread throughout the eggs benedict. I could easily imagine enjoying this while watching the sun rise or set, that pink and orange colour that fills part of the sky.”

Cantina Ventiventi – Il Borghetto – Pas Dosé

Pairing Notes – “The grease from the bacon is wiped clean, with a refreshing soft display of lemon during the pairing, the eggs benedict appears stronger in the palate with this pairing.”

Oliver Walkey

Champagne and Sparkling Wine Writer, Focused on Bringing the Exciting and Fascinating World of Bubbly to You.