What Sparkling Wine To Pair With Deviled Eggs?

12th January 2023

Karlovcek and Deviled Eggs

The wonderful, the heavenly, the devilishly delicious, Deviled Eggs possess a name of evil, but in fact, deliver a taste of virtue.

The Deviled Eggs can also be referred to as Dressed Eggs, Russian Eggs or Stuffed Eggs, the simple way of explaining them would be to boil an egg, cut it in half, remove the yolk from both sides and mix with mayonnaise and mustard, with optional seasoning like black pepper, vinegar, herbs and salt, you then put the mixed yolk back into the egg and serve, perhaps with a sprig of time, edible flower, or other herbs as a garnish.

We have the Romans (again) to thank for the Deviled Egg, with early recipes mentioning seasoned eggs, served as the first course with a spicy sauce on top, they were often enjoyed by the wealthy Romans during feasts and gatherings, they even had a saying for it, “ab ova usque ad mala”, meaning “from eggs to apples”, or from the beginning of a meal until the end.

You’re all asking the question and I know I am too, why are they called Deviled Eggs? The answer isn’t quite the exciting answer I was hoping for. The ‘Egg’ refers to the egg involved in the dish (not sure if I had to mention that part) but the ‘Deviled’ word is in reference to food, nothing evil, or Devilish, just food, its because of the use of spices and later on some zesty foods, giving it a spicy character which people referred to as a Deviled character, so the name Deviled Egg was given to the dish back in the 18th century, the first known print references them in 1786.

In the United States, you’ll likely see them referred to as Dressed Eggs, Stuffed Eggs or Salad Eggs, they have often been enjoyed at Church functions in the Southern and Midwestern States, and eating a Deviled Egg in Church doesn’t exactly fit in with the correct image.

The Deviled Egg only really has popularity in the UK, Europe and The United Sates.

The Sparkling Wine – Karlovček

Karlovček operates on farmland with 30 hectares of orchards and 20 hectares of vineyards, they produce two classic method Sparkling Wines a year, an Extra Dry and Dry, both delivering a sweet taste, if you’re ever in Slovenia, Karlovček has a summer garden on the Klevevž estate which includes their vineyards and orchards, they named it the Klevevž Castle Park, as it stands in the immediate vicinity of the ruins of the former Klevevž castle.

Kmetija Karlovček – Jernejeva Penina Bela – Tasting Notes

Aroma – “Sweet blossoming aromas of honeysuckle, white floral, apple and pear blossom, green floral with ripe tropical fruits, pineapple, bananas and succulent ripe green fruits, with hints of lavender on the aroma.”

Flavour – “Delicate floral notes, apple and pear blossom, white floral, yellow rose petals, ripe green apples and green pears, silky mango and hints of tropical notes on the aroma.”

Deviled Eggs and Karlovček Pairing

Beautifully garnished with some pepper and Pansy Edible Flowers from Nurtured in Norfolk.

Pairing Experience – “Wow, the Sparkling Wine comes through adding wonderful floral and tropical notes to the creamy egg yolk, after the mid-palate the sparkling wine fades, cleansing the palate and as it does, the black pepper and egg white flavours come back into the spotlight, your palate will be begging for another bite.”

There’s more to explore from this amazing Slovenian Sparkling Wine on Glass of Bubbly, check out The Ultimate Sparkling Wine Dating Guide

Oliver Walkey

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