Pairing champagne with food is not an easy task. There are so many options to choose from! Plus, more often than not, champagne gets shoved aside in favour of its flatter cousins – wine. However, bubbly can and should be included in your everyday life. After all, you’re alive and able to drink champagne – that is reason enough for a celebration!
Did you know that champagne is actually one of the most versatile wines to pair with food because the high acidity acts as a palate cleanser. So what food goes with what type of champagne? Here is a whole list of pairings!
Food pairing with brut
Brut champagne accounts a majority lot of champagne shipped out across the world. When we think of the word champagne, we are actually referring to the brut style of champagne. Test out brut champagne such as the Billecart-Salmon, Cuvée Nicolas François, 2006 Brut, the Cristal 2004, or the Charles Ellner, Grande Reserve, Brut with the following list of food and see if your taste buds are delighted.
Pairing your brut with citrusy food such as oranges or ginger is delightful on the taste buds. Citrus food such as ginger or candied oranges goes very well with champagne.
Yes, fried chicken is an unexpected pairing with brut. This comfort food actually gets raves from wine experts when it comes to pairing with classic champagne and there is no better way to combine ultimate class with ultimate comfort.
Luxury on point! It does not get more luxurious than white truffle! The pungent taste of white truffle bonds with the acidity of brut which is a delight for everybody’s taste buds.
Although red wine is the default drink when it comes to food pairings, brut champagne can actually bring a delight to the meal instead. The texture from the bubbles and acidity cuts through the richness of the steak. In between bites of the red meat, champagne refreshes the palate.
The crunch, salt and starch of fried potatoes brings satisfaction to the pairing with champagne. Fried potato options such as universally known french fries are awesome on the taste buds. Some people also recommended hashbrowns. Hashbrowns are crispy and buttery, which pairs perfectly with brut because the acidity prepares your palate for another bite.
Potato chips are also a fan favourite as the bubbles of champagne echoes the crunch of the chip which makes each bite longing for a sip.
Food pairings with Blanc de Blancs
Blanc de Blancs is made entirely from white grapes, also known as Chardonnay grapes. The taste of Blanc de Blancs are usually bright with fresh acidity and are known for their dryness. This makes them a food-friendly champagne for all sort of pairings such as:-
When it comes to champagne, one almost automatically thinks of caviar. Caviar has a natural saltiness and light oiliness which is totally opposite of the blanc de blancs. However, the brinny fish eggs compliment the champagne effortlessly and are in total harmony with each other.
Both caviar and champagne exhibit fine and delicate flavours which make this a great food pairing.
Oysters go very well with the mineral qualities of blanc de blancs. As the chardonnay grapes that make champagne are grown in soils that are rich in minerals and marine fossils, the soil adds subtle flavour notes to champagnes that are similar to those found in oysters.
The acidity found in blanc de blancs also enhances the flavours of raw oysters. However, do not limit yourself to just eating raw oysters with champagne. Even cooked oysters with herbs, butter and garlic pairs well with chardonnay. All the flavours compliment each other to bring delight to your mouth!
Macaroni and cheese
Comfort food like macaroni and cheese goes well with blanc de blancs as a food pairing because the champagnes cut through the richness of all the cream and cheese.
Light fish such as snappers are a classic pairing for the bright flavours of champagne. The subtle flavours of fish are underscored by the bubbly’s crisp acidity and has a lifting effect.
Even baked or poached, the fish pairs well with blanc de blancs as a champagne food pairing.
Bubbly goes well with creamy soup such as creamy mushroom soup. You can prepare a dinner in which creamy soup is an appetizer followed by the oysters and light fish, as recommended above.
Food pairing with Rosé
Rosé champagne is a standout amongst its counterparts. Rosé champagne balances the acidity and rich berry flavours to just about anything you bring to the table.
Rosé is actually one of the most versatile, food-friendly sparkling wines in the world as the depth of flavour combined with the acidity allows it to be paired with different dishes. You can try a bottle of rosé such as RuinartRosé.
We recommend that you drink rosé anytime and anywhere. However, you can pair it best with the following food as it brings out a remarkable flavour:-
While rosé pairs beautifully with all kinds of game meat and poultry, duck is a particular standout. The rosé showcases bright red cherry, rhubarb and mushroom notes that complement the duck breast meat. The acidity on the other hand, cuts through the fattiness of the duck. Absolutely delicious!
Although pizza is usually eaten with beer, you should try it with rosé one day! The acid and red berry fruit go well with tomatoes and the creaminess, fat and protein of the mozzarella make it a home favourite.
Rosé champagne offers a pleasing contrast to spicy food such as hot chilis, curry or even kimchi (Korean spicy fermented vegetables)! The bubbles in rosé are very refreshing and you will keep going back for more spicy foods.
Although light fish favours blanc de blancs as mentioned above, heartier and more meaty fish recipes complements rosé. It is an ideal food pairing as the champagne brings the right blend of tart and fruity flavours to the plate.
Crab, when breaded and fried in the form of crab cakes get a boost from rosé. The sweetness of the berries and the acidity of lemon is the perfect complement to crab cakes. The champagne food pairing highlights the natural flavours of the sea that comes from the crab meat.
Cured meats and fish
The fruity flavours of rosé bring balance to cured meats and fish. It brings a balance for the salty, smoky and spicy tastes of your favourite meats. Rosé is delicious with these heartier meals and cuts the richness of fatty meat.
The same goes for cured fish such as smoked salmon. This food pairing with rosé champagne strikes a perfect balance between richness and vibrancy as it has acidity but it has a depth of flavour.
Food pairings with sweet champagne (demi-sec)
Decidedly sweeter than brut, sweet champagne, also known as demi-sec is a perfect compliment to dessert and cheese! However, that’s not all it goes well with. Sweet champagne also goes well with:
Instead of soda, try sweet champagne instead. The residual sweetness of demi-sec matches very nicely with the buttered popcorn and brings an extra luxurious taste to your mouth.
Charred octopus is slightly savoury, which is offset by a sweeter champagne. Thanks to its sweetness, this unexpected pairing has introduced itself as a pleasant surprise for many,
Food pairings with dry champagne (dosage / brut nature)
Dry champagne, also known as dosage or brut nature has less sugar than brut and is drier in quality. It has an acidic freshness that pairs really well with savory food.
You can read more about the different levels of brut and champagne sweetness here.
Food pairings that goes well with this type of champagne include:
Lobster has a natural, understated sweetness. Dry champagne paired with lobster give the foodie a refreshing punch due to a process known as late disgorgement, of which the yeast are removed later in the production process, giving the champagne less time to oxidise. THis in turn, gives a more bracing finish to the champagne.
Roast chicken, or Rotisserie chicken is a classic French dish. Makes sense that it pairs well with champagne that originates from France.
The earthy and savory flavours is complemented by the crisp dryness of a dosage. This pairing also works well with any buttery and crispy-skinned bird from the oven.
Pair your champagnes with food like an expert! Champagne is such a versatile drink and the different pairings allow for multiple combinations and maximum enjoyment. There is definitely a type of champagne that goes with just about any food that makes it to your table. Be adventurous! You never know what food you will discover goes wonderfully with your champagne. Do you have a favourite food pairing? Why not try something new as suggested above and open your palate for a richer experience.