Weekend Wine Pairing: A Mother’s Day Brunch Idea with Wine

Hello Everyone,

Did you have a busy week? Do you still need to get your mother a card, a gift, or do something a little special for her this Sunday? Why not treat her to a homemade brunch?

You could start with a quick fruit salad to get the taste buds excited. This is real easy and will take only 10 minutes tops. You can also serve this along side the main dish below.Fruit Salad
(recipe credit: allrecipes.com)

  • 1 pint strawberries - cleaned & sliced
  • 1 pound seedless grapes, halved
  • 3 kiwis, peeled and sliced
  • 3 bananas, sliced
  • 1 (21 ounce) can peach pie filling


  1. In a large bowl, combine the strawberries, grapes, kiwis, and bananas.
  2. Gently mix in peaches.
  3. Chill for 1 hour.

Hello Vino Food and Wine Pairing:

Mimosas, Asti Spumante, or your favorite Sparkling Wine

Now, it’s time to look like a rockstar in the kitchen. How about whipping up the Italian version of an omelet, otherwise known as a Frittatas?

(recipe credit: allrecipes.com)
  • 3 tbls of oil oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 3/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup Cream cheese
  • 8 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 red pepper, chopped
  • 3/4 cup mushrooms
  • 3/4 cup zucchini, chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Heat a non-stick pan/skillet with the olive oil and garlic.
  3. Keep on low temperature
  4. Add your veggies (use your faves)
  5. Pour in your egg mixture (eggs, milk, cream cheese, & cheddar cheese)
  6. Stir, and evenly distribute the veggies in the egg mixture
  7. You’ll see the eggs start to cook a bit, or get get sticky
  8. Pull pan off stove and place in oven for 8-10 minutes (350 degrees)
  9. Take the Frittata out and let is set for 5 minutes
  10. Serve

Hello Vino Food and Wine Pairing:

Prosecco, Crisp Chardonnay, or Beaujolais

Have a good Sunday, chef!

Cheers,The Hello Vino Team

Weekend Wine Pairing: Make your own sushi & pair it with wine

Hello Everyone,

I thought it would be fun to make sushi instead of ordering it this weekend. Set aside some time, set up your station, and paint a delicious little picture on your plate.

What you’ll need for this edible work of art:

  • 1/4 lb. trimmed, raw saltwater fish (Salmon or Yellowtail Tuna)
  • Sharp knife with a cutting board
  • A clump of prepared wasabi
  • A bowl of water
  • 2 cups of prepared sushi rice
  • Soy sauce
  • Japanese pickled ginger

How to marry the fish and rice:

  • Cut the fish into individual slabs approximately 2 inches long, and a 1/4 inch thick
  • cut all the fish at once, but keep the pieces cold (in the fridge or on top of some ice)
  • Wet your hands and grab a bit of rice that fits into your palm, then roll it into a ball
  • Maneuver the rice in your hand and apply a few firm, but gentle squeezes to shape it
  • Your rice ball should be close to the same size of your cut piece of fish
  • Dab a little wasabi on the individual piece of fish
  • Press the shaped rice against the fish & cup the two together
  • Firmly squeeze the fish and rice so it becomes one piece & use your index finger to press down to create a solid shape
  • Garnish your plate with Japanese pickled ginger, and a small portion of wasabi
  • Place some soy sauce in a small dish on the side.

Wine does work wonders

Although many gravitate to beer or sake when eating sushi, surprisingly wine can enhance and compliment raw fish.  Rice flavors in sake could potentially clash with the flavors of the rice you’re eating (unless you are eating sashimi).  Because there are really no rules attached to pairing sushi and wine, the palate playground is a tasty adventure. Many wine lovers are fans of Gewürztraminer and Viognier with sushi. Another crisp white to consider is Sauvignon Blanc, however, sparkling wines do very well in this category too. If you a fan of red wine, then we suggest Pinot Noir.

Our picks for a weekend
sushi and wine pairing:

Wild King Salmon: Chardonnay
A ripe and crisp wine with fruit flavors such as apple, pear, and citrus.Yellowtail Tuna: Champagne
A dry (Brut), light sparkling wine that is refreshing and food-friendly.

The Hello Vino Team