I just got hooked on Johnsonville Brats, the Bratwurst kind. I tried a Justin 2003 Cabernet with this and went pretty well. One didn't overpower the other, although Brats seem to overpower some foods. Is a Cab best for Brats or can a Zin like a Rosenblum Sauret or a Pinot or a Riesling, or Gwerztriminer go well also?
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Do you boil your brats in beer and onions prior to grilling them? If so, you might want to try drinking that very same beer (okay, not THE same beer - that might taste bad Wink) in which you boiled the brats. The old rule applies: if you drink the "wine" you cook with, the pairing will likely be decent.

I think any beer would pair well with a brat, but probably NOT something too light (and nasty) like an American macro pilsner. Ick. Go for a nice Amber or Nut Brown Ale.

Wine, for me, isn't what a brat's beggin' for.
No question that beer is the way to go here. I'll offer one that goes great with brats and leans a bit away from the standard "beer". An outfit in Canada called Unibroue makes an ale they call Ephemere. It is brewed on lees with an apple wort. They recommend it as an appertif but I think the subtle apple flavor plays beautifully off the brats. If you live in the North East it is widely available. I'm not so sure about out West.

Cheers!
I do believe your question was "what wine will go well with a Brat" My suggestion would be a Reisling if your boiling them with beer this will bring out the sweetness you get with beer boiled brats and some kraut tends to be sweet, if your looking for a red then you nailed it with a Zin, I would go for a Zin from Amador county, not to overpowering but big enough to keep up with the Brat.

Not to offend anyone, but I don't believe there is any food that isn't screaming out to be paired with Vino.

Remember: At the bottom of every cork is the beginning of new memories.

J D
thanks for the suggestions. A Rosenblum Aparicio from Amador Co. I will try next. I remembered having ribs with some Sweeter BBQ sauces like with honey-mustard which killed some Zins, but the Rosenblum Aparicio Zin stood up to the sweeter BBQ sauces quite well.

I will also try a riesling and a Pinot as suggested. I just got a case of the 2003 MacPhail RRV Pinot (WS95), should be pretty good.

Oh just looked at the Albertson's Ad, Johnsonville Brats 2 packages for $6, starts friday!
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Originally posted by Purple Teeth:

No offense taken. But I'm still looking for a match to spicey hot mexican food. What's your recommendation?


With spicy mexican food, I would go for a Sauvignon blanc, maybe from New Zealand. I drink a Nobilo Icon, it even stands up to Habenaro!
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Not to offend anyone, but I don't believe there is any food that isn't screaming out to be paired with Vino.

I'm never offended by people that are simply wrong.

Many foods scream out "why the hell are you trying to pair this with wine".

Bratwurst is one.

Beer.
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Originally posted by Purple Teeth:
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KeoVino:
Not to offend anyone, but I don't believe there is any food that isn't screaming out to be paired with Vino.


No offense taken. But I'm still looking for a match to spicey hot mexican food. What's your recommendation?


margarita..

i agree, i am in the "why the hell are you trying to pair this with wine" group.
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Originally posted by Bella Donna:
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why do people try to pair everything with wine."
Maybe because some people don't like beer dumbass
I would pay cash money (lots of it) to see you call Stef a dumbass to her face. I've met you both. Bet the house on Stef. Eek

She isn't a dumbass. Pairing bratwurst with wine is stupid even if you don't like beer.

Try a cocktail if you must drink with it.
Shut up GA! I didn't call HER a dumbass...I was just playing on her words.

My left boob could knock her out by itself Eek

BTW, if next time I'm in Cali and Stef wants to mud wrestle me, I am so confident that I could woop her, I am putting a bottle on it...and it's not Red Truck either.
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Originally posted by Gigond Ass:
I would pay cash money (lots of it) to see you call Stef a dumbass to her face. I've met you both. Bet the house on Stef. Eek


This sounds like an excellent pay per view event. I say that GA and myself sponsor it. Regardless who wins the match I'm betting that GA and myself as observers win in the end. Big Grin
"Maybe because some people don't like beer dumbass"

"My left boob could knock her out by itself"

"Put your bets on me because:

I can leg press 350
I can do 270 on my calves
I can do 60 on tricep pulls

Grrrr!!!

I would rip Stef apart...sorry to say."

That's just from this thread. What are you compensating for? Actually, you needn't bother to respond. The answer is apparent.
Anyhoo, getting back to the topic,

It all depends on sauerkraut. Any amount of sauerkraut will render your brat wine-unfriendly, and beer is the only way to go.

Otherwise, if you avoid the sauerkraut and keep other condiments toned down, a Rioja Crianza would be just the ticket.
I believe Brats are an ethnic food. They are a common food in a certain country, and I believe they may drink beer with them, but I could be wrong. When I attempt to find a beverage match for a certain food, I look to the culture from which the food originated and find out what the locals drink with it and it's usually been a good match.

P.S. - I do not believe the folks in Mexico drink wine with their spicy cuisines, but I could be wrong.
I'm just curious.... Have any of you who don't believe that wine can be paired with a Brat, ever tried to pair wine with brats????

PS: Gigond ASS, the fact that you had to mention that you were not offended tells me that you were! By the way did you try my pairing...or do you just assume I'm wrong?
You don't know squat. You are not capable of offending me. You simply lack any importance to me at all.

I am not assuming you are wrong. I know you are. I have had plenty of wine and plenty of brats.

There is no ideal pairing unless it's beer. You can pair it with motor oil if it makes you happy. It just doesn't make you right.
I just saw this thread and I can say with the exception of few, you are all dumba$$es. Big Grin Which dumba$$ suggested to serve Sangria with brats? Big Grin Big Grin And then there was a tit swinging, Cos swilling dumba$$, but that's not new.

I have frigging tears in my eyes laughing at your dumba$$ pay-per view event plans... Big Grin Big Grin Big Grin
Joe, you've wasted your 3000th post on some nice-nice crap instead of announcing a live event complete with brats, sauerkraut and Sangria pitchers on every table? I thought you were a businessman,not a dumba$$.. Big Grin Big Grin



Have a Pils with your brat and shut up. Cool Big Grin
"I just got a case of the 2003 MacPhail RRV Pinot (WS95), should be pretty good."

Are you interested in selling or trading for any of your 2003 Macphail RRV? I have a few bottles of the 2003 W.H. Smith Maritime (WS97) and Hellenthal (WS96) that are fantastic if you're interested in trading. I'd be interested in up to 6 bottles depending on the arrangement.

Please let me know via email at troypeterson@usa.net.

Thanks,

Troy
I knew I could find this thread. I am going to my kids' school multicultural potluck dinner and have no time to make real food. My background is German, so I am thinking boil some brats in beer and onions and then fry up with the onions afterward. Slice into large chunks with onions on top. Put a couple of jars of mustard (one sweet and one hot) beside it and voila! Anyone have a better very quick idea?
GA, you came to the bbq last year, you can now attest to the fact I paired Johnsonville brats ala Flubis successfully with wine Wink

But for Superbowl, it's my neighbors home brew. Big Grin


However this thread is a classic. It is amazing how many common denominators there are in the classics huh ? Eek

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