Here is a quick guide to get you started on simple, but remarkable food pairing options for various sparkling wines and Champagnes. The innate bubbles of sparkling wine offer an added layer of pairing versatility while the coveted acidity carries rich, butter-laden fare even farther on the palate.
From sparkling wines made in the traditional method of Champagne to Spain’s bright, budget-friendly bubbly called Cava and Italy’s spritzy sparkling wine treats, Moscato d’Asti and Prosecco, there are plenty of palate options to choose from at just as many price points.
Find our favorite food pairings here.
- For Champagne and Sparkling Wine: Triple cream (Brie-style) cheese, buttered popcorn, butter cream sauce, shrimp and shellfish, salami, veggies, smoked salmon, stuffed mushrooms, caviar, fried calamari, egg dishes, foie gras, oysters, sweet bread and marscapone cheese, fruit-based desserts, shortbread cookies (really fun pairing combo. as the acidity in Champagne cuts through the rich butter of the cookie).
- For Rose Sparkling Wine consider:Brie, prosciutto, smoked salmon, chocolate, raspberries, chocolate covered berrie
- Cava(Spain’s Sparkling Wine) calls for: Manchego cheese, olives, almonds, potato chips, fried fish, smoked salmon, prosciutto, Serrano ham, sushi, tapas
- Italy’s sweeter spritzer, Moscato d’Asti, pairs perfectly with: Toasted almonds, cheesecake, raspberries, ginger snaps, lemon sugar cookies, lemon meringue, fruit sorbet, peach cobbler
- Italy’s other popular bubbly, Prosecco, carries: Almonds, antipasto, Asian fare, asparagus, sushi, smoked salmon, shrimp cocktail and honey themes
***Grabbed from: http://wine.about.com/od/champagne/a/Champagnefood.htm