When you think of Champagne do you instantly think of a celebration? For most people the answer is yes. It’s the epitome of sparkling, celebratory style, and people either tend to drink it on its own, or pair it with delectable, luxurious seafood such as caviar or oysters. Some might even consider it something of a cliché. However, trying some of these top ten refreshing recommendations from Epicurious for unusual food and champagne pairings will pique your interest in this classic wine. Champagne IS expensive, so search out the best champagne deals to enjoy a little affordable luxury.
- Champagne and Cheese
Who Knew Champagne and Cheese Could Go so Well? Cheese is often paired with red wine, but a sophisticated choice is to match it with a fruity, white wine. A sparkling, acidic Blanc de Blanc, made from Chardonnay grapes, becomes intensely fruity as it ages and is an excellent match with a strong, salty yet creamy cheese such as Roquefort. The fruity and floral notes of the champagne will complement the ripe flavours of the cheese while its acidity cuts through the Roquefort’s richness.
- Champagne and Chocolate
Traditionally, champagne has not been recommended as a good partner for chocolate desserts, but dark, bitter chocolate with a hint of orange is a match made in heaven for a rosé Champagne. These champagnes are usually made from a 70%/30% blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes, and dark chocolate intensifies the complexity of the rosé flavours. Try your rosé with a chocolate-orange mousse made with good-quality dark chocolate, or for the comfort-food option, break open a pack of Jaffa cakes; they are a surprisingly excellent match. Maybe it’s the biscuity, crumbly texture of the “cake” which marries the combination of flavours so well.
- Champagne and Fish and Chips
As mentioned above, champagne is often thought of as a partner for luxury seafood, but have you thought about pairing it with classic British fish and chips? Once again it is the acidity and sparkle of champagne which comes to the fore. The effervescence of the wine will complement the crispy batter of the fish, and the acidity will cut through the richness of the fried food. A Brut style of champagne would be an excellent choice to pair with fish and chips, complete with a side dish of mushy peas.
- Champagne and Sushi
The refreshing dryness of Brut and Extra Brut champagne styles goes very well with some Japanese food, such as sushi. The delicate flavours of the raw fish and rice are very compatible with the champagne; this matching of flavours is successful because of the yeastiness that is found in both the champagne and the soy flavouring used in the preparation of sushi.
- Champagne and Curry
More usually partnered by cold beer, the exotic spices of Asian food are well-partnered by dry styles of champagne. Champagne goes very well with dishes flavoured with ginger, and some champagnes are described as having a “curry-like” nose. The golden effervescence of a Blanc de Noir, made from red grapes, has notes of plum, wheat and spices and is an excellent partner for curry dishes.
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Champagne + sushi = my favourite!
Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic says
Yes to champagne and chocolate! Well yes to champagne and anything 🙂
What a wonderful guide. Thanks for sharing. I love champagne, and I like seeing it for “everyday use” rather than only for special occasions.
Kitchen Belleicious says
i learned some new things today! What a great guide! Thanks Maureen!
Although I’m more likely to open a can/bottle of beer than a bottle of champers, because of the cost and because I can finish the beer at one sitting while I have been known to take a week to finish a bottle of champagne, I do enjoy champagne when I have some. The champagne and sushi combo is very appealing.
Rachel (Rachel's Kitchen NZ) says
Champagne with anything – I say. Great guide – thanks Maureen.
On my first visit to France Champagne and Cheese was served for dinner one night. I fell in love with that pairing for life. Can’t afford it often, but when I do ~ C’est la vie !!!!!
Glamorous Glutton says
I would never have thought of champagne with fish and chips. A fab innovative guide. GG
Mary Frances says
Love your pairings Maureen, I never would have thought to pair champagne with curry! Brilliant!
Lizzy (Good Things) says
Wow, what a delicious indulgence… I would never have known to pair those good things together. An informative post, Maureen… I can hardly wait to visit Tesco.
John@Kitchen Riffs says
Great guide! We’ve actually had all of those combos — champagne happens to be Mrs KR’s favorite (why couldn’t she be a fan of something cheaper, like beer?!), so we have it often. The fish and chips combo is a particular favorite of ours, or really champagne with anything that’s crisp and deep fried. Fun post — thanks.
I love that you did this post. Because I will drink champagne with just about anything! Ha!
Tricia @ Saving room for dessert says
Yum – I love a good cheese plate served with wine – but I bet I would like the champagne too! Thanks for the great tips. I just don’t put much thought into these things – but I should. Lovely!
Norma Chang says
I love all the combos. The favorites are Champagne & Cheese and Champagne & Chocolate.
Chris Scheuer says
You’re so smart about all of this Maureen. I would never in a million years thought to pair champagne with some of this … but why not? We love visiting Tesco when we’re in London. A great store, for sure!
Fish & chips washed down with Champagne sounds the go to me 🙂
Joanne T Ferguson says
G’day! Pop the cork, I want to try some now Maureen and love how champagne goes with everything and can only be enjoyed on days that end in Y!
Thanks for the great tips too!
Hotly Spiced says
I love the look of the champagne with the cheese platter. I definitely associate champagne with a celebration. It’s always a great way to kick off a holiday and sometimes champagne is great all by itself! xx
I am going to bookmark this and impress some people some day 😀 Happy happy post, bookmarked you bet!
Karen - 2Teaspoons says
These pairing sound fantastic! I love champagne and am now eager to give some of these delicious combinations a try 🙂
HI Maureen, great tips, cheese plates and pairings! Love the champagne and chocolate idea!
Gourmet Getaways says
Oh wow, great! Champagne goes well with a lot of food partners I didn’t know about. Thanks for sharing!
Claire @ Claire K Creations says
Ooh I can see how champas would go well with fish and chips. I’m not a huge fan of drinks like that with sweets but something greasy… yum!
Sandra - The Foodie Affair says
Mmmm, love the bubbly with chocolate, and now I must try it with fish and chips!
I love champagne and think with cheese sounds perfect:)
Sounds amazing and delicious!
Ah, you got me on this one, Maureen! I’d have never thought to pair champagne with fish & chips, but you put it so eloquently, it makes sense. A great read—thanks for sharing it.
Interesting post. I’d love to hear Amanda’s (www.tastingthestars.com) opinions on this 🙂 I gather you taste tested thoroughly, Maureen? 🙂
Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella says
How interesting matching curry with champagne! I can see it working! 😀
Tania @My Kitchen Stories says
Maureen this is a great guide. I think anything pretty much goes with a good dry style champagne and if I was a tad richer I’d have it for breakfast
Choc Chip Uru says
Wow champagne with fish and chips? What awesome pairings 😀
Choc Chip Uru
Great post Maureen. It always surprises me when people don’t think about drinking champagne more often (with meals). It’s not just a ‘special occasion’ drink. I always have bottles of bubbly at the house. I think we should make more occasions special. 😉
Bam's Kitchen says
I would have thought to pair champagne with sushi, curry or fish n chips. A very fun post indeed.
Abbe@This is How I Cook says
I happen to love champagne with just about anything! Maybe it is the bubbles that make me feel all happy inside. Well, let’s call it bubbles!
GiGi Eats says
Ditch the champaign and just JUMP ON THE SUSHI! That’s my motto! LOL!
I’d love to try some of these combinations! Such different pairing ideas than what you’d usually think of for champagne!
Krissie - Pearls of Style says
Ah Tesco – my new local supermarket here in London! Love all your pairings Maureen. To me, champagne goes with everything!
Krissie x – http://pearlsofstyle.blogspot.com
I haven’t thought about champagne outside of the classic toasts. What a fun list of champagne pairings! I can’t wait to try!
Thanks for some handy hints, my fave there is champagne with sushi.
I find dry style champagne with its nutty / toasty flavour goes really well with strawberries, raspberries and dark ripened cherries. A tip for the boys – cut watermelon into thick soldiers (like potato chips) then dip them in sweet sparkling pinot noir and feed to the girls. Success rate is 98.89%.
Yes, cheese, chocolate and seafood are no brainers at least here but the rest? Very interesting!! This is an excellent post, Maureen!
Great post, I agree Champagne goes with so many delicious dishes. It just makes the whole experience that much better!!!
Carol at Wild Goose Tea says
I really enjoyed this post. I have many times in the past drank Champagne or champagne like beverages for the joy of the beverage and not merely because I was celebrating. But you offered some new combos I hadn’t tried. Plus I realize that I hadn’t done that in awhile. Time to fix that!
Nami | Just One Cookbook says
Oh, I haven’t tried champagne with sushi before! Good choice and I’m inspired to try that pairing!
Emma @ Bake Then Eat says
I have to admit to having had fish and chips and champagne before, perched on a wall in a lovely British sea side town! They went together really well 😀 I like the idea of some of these other pairings as well. By the way I love the redesign of the blog very swish 😀