Champagne is a great way to make your meals classier. Having a fine wine to sip while enjoying the ambiance of a place, listening to a soothing background music, and eating lavish dishes is one’s definition of a perfect date.
It goes without saying that there are certain types of food that goes best with fine wine. There is really no absolute way to determine the perfect champagne food pairings, but we can give you some ideas of what to serve, or eat, while enjoying a delicious bottle of your favorite fine wine. Today, we will cover these food pairings, and a little about champagne in general.
What’s Special About Champagne?
As we all know, champagne is a type of fine wine. However, when we talk about champagne, we are referring to a particular type of fine wine that is produced specifically using grapes that are grown in the Champagne wine region in France. This type of fine wine also follows certain rules on its production in order to be classified as a “champagne.” Another thing to note is that champagne can only be made by three grape types that are:
- Pinot Meunier
- Pinot Noir
This may clear up the difference between wine and champagne. Now let’s get on to five unique champagne food pairings:
1. Roasted Goose
Roasted goose is a must-try when having a sip of your favorite champagne. The flavor of the chicken is just enough to stimulate your appetite, while not overpowering the sweetness of champagne at the same time. It is better to baste the goose with a mildly-acidic sauce like orange or plum for a better combination of flavors
2. Seafood Hors d’oeurve
Champagne does well with seafood hors d’oeurve because of their saltiness. The flavor’s presence in seafood appetizers combined with the flavor of the champagne is something to try out. If you want to be classier, try combining smoked salmon with Roquefort cheese. The richness of the flavor of the salmon and cheese combined with the sweetness of the champagne will make an elegant pairing.
Truffles have their own unique flavor, and they are harvested in the autumn. When you get truffles in season, their flavors complement the flavors of champagne as there will be a symphony of flavors in your mouth.
Champagne paired with sushi is a different way of enjoying the meal. Sushi comes in different forms, but offers the same delicious and mild taste that is good for an appetizer. Pairing it with champagne gives it more flavor and more reasons to enjoy this traditional Japanese recipe.
Nothing goes wrong when you pair champagne with cheese. Almost all types of cheese are great to pair with champagne. Cheeses are good with champagne because its flavor is not overpowering, but is still enough to stimulate your taste. There are a lot of types of cheese to choose from, but the best combinations would be Gouda, brie, Colby, and mild cheddar.
You’ve seen a few unique food pairings for champagne, but in reality, champagne food pairings are endless. You just have to know how to balance the flavor of the food and the wine in order to create a pairing that will be worthy to a sommelier’s taste buds. Don’t be afraid to try different champagne and food combinations. There will surely be a pair or two that will stand out and will have your sense of taste fully stimulated.