Finding time to get together with friends and family during the holiday season can be a challenge. The few weekend evenings in December fill up fast with work parties, concerts and other events. For many years, my family has gotten together with our lifelong friends for an annual daytime Christmas brunch–it’s the perfect way to take a break from the craziness of the holiday season.
For this year’s celebration, I kept a simple and traditional menu but added some seasonal red decor to my dining room. Red mats, traditional Christmas china and gold accents add a holiday feel to the table, the perfect setting for enjoying a leisurely breakfast/lunch on a slow Sunday afternoon.
Champagne is essential to this holiday brunch, in fact, it is a tradition. After all there is so much to pause and celebrate at this time of year, toasting to the years of friendship is always a must-do before the meal begins.
I served Korbel California champagne–it’s my go-to when entertaining and with it’s crisp acidity it is perfect with brunch dishes that contain eggs; it has a delicate, crisp, bright flavor that brightens the meal.
The beauty of having a KORBEL Brunch is that it can take all afternoon. The perfect note to end the meal on is a chocolate torte with fresh fruit, which we paired with Korbel Sweet Rose.
This champagne has the brightness and freshness of white wine mixed with the depth of a red grape so it partners perfectly with desserts. While it’s a traditionally sweet champagne, it also stands up nicely with cheeses and other rich appetizers so don’t be afraid to pair it with a starter course on other occasions. We also offered Korbel Brut Rose as well throughout the meal, it’s a combination of four grapes that is versatile and pairs well with everything.
This year, I purchased a special gift for each guest–just a small ornament to commemorate this holiday and add to their collection. They were perfect to accent for each placesetting and something to take home to remember the day by.
After a relaxing afternoon, it’s hard to not fall right back into the chaos of shopping, decorating and wrapping but enjoying some downtime with good friends and of course, enjoying good, simple food and KORBEL Cocktails was the perfect way to start the season off right.