A glass of Champagne is perfect all by itself, but pair it with some delicious food and it’s even better! Sure, you’ve tried it with all the traditional pairings, such as eggs, caviar, chocolate-covered strawberries — and of course, the classic Champagne and oysters! But why limit our tastebuds to the ordinary? Champagne contains high levels of acidity and a small amount of sugar; the two extremes complement elements in foods you have probably never considered a likely match. You won’t regret trying one of these modern-day Champagne pairings!
Lobster Mac & Cheese
Cheese and Champagne are always a great idea, so why not combine the two for a savory, comfort food favorite—homemade macaroni and cheese! Make it with any of your favorite cheeses, such as a smokey gouda, a nutty parmesan, or a sharp cheddar. Go gourmet and add in some buttery lobster! Not in-season? Don’t worry, salty pancetta is a great substitute.
Pairs well with a Blanc de Blanc. You want a Champagne that is acidic enough to cut through the bold flavors of cheese. The Chardonnay-based Champagne complements the creamy pasta very well; try Eric Isselee Grand Cru Brut.
An unlikely pair, Champagne and fried food are actually the best of friends. Fried mushrooms are a quintessential match with their rich, earthiness combined with a light and airy Champagne. The bubbles from Champagne make for a refreshing palate cleanser in between bites. Crispy — meet crisp!
Pairs well with a Blanc de Noir or your favorite Brut. The light, fruity taste of Brut Champagne complements the salty, crispy, breaded and fried food; try Henin-Delouvin Grand Cru Brut.
Arugula Salad with Gorgonzola, Pear, & Walnuts
Champagne pairs perfectly with salad as it shows well against acidic vinaigrettes. Peppery arugula, crunchy pears, creamy gorgonzola, and buttery walnuts... Toss it with some balsamic vinaigrette and you have a match made in heaven!
Pairs well with a Rosé or slightly sweet Champagne. The fruitiness of the Champagne with the tannin of the nuts and tartness of the pears is extraordinary; try Potel-Prieux Brut Rose.
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