December 28, 2021 by Arden Montgomery
When In Doubt: Champagne
Champagne is a sommelier favorite for many reasons. One being how incredibly food friendly it is. Furthermore (with or without the party this NYE), Champagne is celebratory and festive. In other words, when in doubt … bubbles!
Here are some of our favorite pairings with Champagne and some fun ideas for your NYE celebration, or throughout the year:
The winner: Fried chicken! Whether we’re talking a fried chicken sandwich or traditional, straightforward fried chicken, this is an all time favorite combination. Anything fried alongside Champagne is a match made in heaven. The acidity from the Champagne paired with savory fried chicken is hard to beat! Given fried chicken is well…fried, Champagne is the perfect compliment because of it’s palate cleansing qualities. It’s refreshing and prepares you for your next bite. You can learn more about the magic that is fried chicken & Champagne with our Food & Wine Pairing Kit.
Runner up: Again with the fried foods, french fries is up there when it comes to Champagne’s soulmate. For the same reasons outlined above, greasy and crispy are two adjectives that marry well with Champagne’s qualities. There is also something about the informality of friend foods like french fries that we love so much in contrast to the notion that Champagne is fancy and a ‘special occasion’ type beverage. We campaign for Champagne as an everyday wine. Something to be enjoyed whenever and wherever if the price is right.
Other notable pairings to try:
- Caviar (classic)
- Potato Chips
- Fried Olives
- Fish Tacos
We’ve made it easy for you to get the party started on NYE with our Champagne 2-Pack featuring Champagne Delavenne. If you’re salivating after reading our thoughts on Champagne and what to pair, you’ll enjoy reading about everyday food & wine pairings in Vanessa Price’s book Big Macs & Burgundy.