That’s a statement we can’t disagree with! Traditionally, when it comes to food & wine pairing, most people think of classic still wines, red or white. What a shame it is to forget sparkling! They will truly add a spark to your food and turn a normal dinner into a real experience. As in chemistry, mixing the right wine with the right dish can enhance textures and tastes and balance the flavors. Combined together, they complement each other. In this article, we will guide you through the delicate art of Food & Sparkling Wine pairing.
Taste is subjective; the best things to do are to try, break the rules, and have faith in your palate. It is possible to drink almost any kind of wine with any kind of food and have a pleasant experience, so why not sparkling wines? For the less daring among us, here are some tips to impress your guests at dinner tonight with some Chandon wines. And please, let’s forget the same old tired combinations (i.e. oysters and Champagne, caviar and Champagne,…boooooring…!)
Thanks to Chandon, it’s time to be original and try some food pairings that can be enjoyed even when you are not wearing a tuxedo!
Let’s begin with our classic: Chandon Brut. It refreshes the palate when combined with salty, creamy, or nutty foods. It makes fatty foods easier to eat by invigorating and cleansing the palate.
We suggest that you start your meal with any raw seafood you like: scallop carpaccio, or sushi and sashimi, and pair the dish with a Chandon Brut. Their salty taste is a perfect match to the refreshing bubbles.
You can finish the bottle with your main course: fresh spring rolls with spicy sweet chili sauce or bountiful enchiladas, a butternut squash ravioli with brown butter sage … or a refreshing mozzarella, goat cheese and rocket salad… The list of food pairings with our Chandon Brut is infinite!
For the second part of the meal, let’s surprise your guests by pairing your food with a Chandon Rosé, a wine with real depth of flavor, but a lot of acidity too, which makes it delicious with so many different dishes. Chandon rosé is our most versatile, food-friendly wine. Try it with crispy chicken thighs on a velvety hummus, some fried mushrooms, a creamy risotto, or a tempting cheese plate: camembert, brie, parmesan and some candied pecans. With grilled lobster or salmon, with rare, roasted lamb or game such as pigeon, pheasant or grouse, Chandon rosé is the most modern of our wines, ideally blended for contemporary foods.
No respectable meal would finish without a sweet taste. With a 4 course meal, we suggest playing with fruits and freshness to help your guests digest well and feel lighter. Any type of fruit sorbet or pie, or even raw fruit, will match with the structure of a Chandon rosé and make all the flavors burst! If you are craving a rich and decadent dessert, we’ve got you covered. Chandon Délice will pair perfectly with a luscious crème brûlée or a lemon meringue pie.
So roll up your sleeves, do some lavish cuisine, put a bottle (or 2) in the fridge, and enjoy the spark!