Whether sweet or dry, big or small or white, pink or red (yes, sparkling reds do exist), bubbles are a great addition to any holiday meal.
Bubbles go well with all types of food which makes pairing very easy. The traditional French Champagnes and other Method Champenois wines are beautiful full-flavored, full-bodied wines that will pair with large holiday meals. Prosecco and other Charmat Method wines are great with lighter fare, like a fish sandwich or buttered popcorn. Rose, which got a bad rap in the 80’s and 90’s from overly sweet sugar bombs that were coming out of California, is usually a dry or Brut wine in France and the rest of Europe, that pairs with almost everything. Sparkling reds like Italian Brachetto are a great dessert wine with chocolate and fruit. Every wine producing region in the world has their signature sparkling wine: Champagne in France, Cava in Spain, Espumante in Portugal, etc. and they are all worth a try.
While tasting sparkling wines from around the world, here is a simple guide to pairings. If you’re serving salmon, or any other type of seafood, pair with dry bubbles. Brut Champagne, Cava and Cremant are all viable options. Any kind of spicy food, whether it’s Indian, Thai or Korean will also go with bubbles, but perhaps try something with a little sweetness. For red meats like duck and other wild game, a Brut Rose is the trick. The structure and body of a quality Brut or Extra Brut Rose will balance out the big flavors of the meat, without overpowering it. Just remember to stay away from the Sec and Demi-Sec wines for entrée pairings as those are sweet wines.
Bubbles are also good on their own, and you certainly don’t need an excuse to open a bottle. The French territory of Martinique has the highest consumption of Champagne per capita in the world for a reason: warm weather, beaches and Champagne just go together.
Here are a few of The Chopping Block’s bubbly offerings this holiday season:
Adami Prosecco bin 7024 $15.95
NV, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
Nimble and light, with bubbles lifting the ripe peach and melon notes.
Raventos Cava bin 8018 $22.50
2010, Penedès, Spain
Fruity aromas of lemon and green apple with notes of fresh baked bread.
Camille Braun Cremant bin 12122 $22.00
NV, Alsace, France
Crisp, delicate and clean with notes of apple, vanilla and minerals.
Gruet Brut Rose bin 14256 $16.95
NV, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Strawberry, cherry with savory bread notes
Stop in our stores to pick up a bottle of bubbly for your holiday party.
What’s your favorite sparkling wine?