Whether you’re ushering in the new year quietly at home or celebrating with a bang at a huge NYE bash, the sipping standard on New Year’s Eve is champagne, of course. But what you might not know is that champagne also reigns in the land of culinary mixing and matching. Since the New Year calls for a special celebration, why not work in some perfect food pairings with your favorite glass of bubbly? Lucky for you, GiftTree knows a thing or two about sparkling wine and fine food, and we’ve got a few ideas.
Champagne & Chocolate – The Definitive Pairing
Champagne and Truffles Gift Basket
Featuring Segura Viudas Brut Reserva
Segura Viudas is Spain’s most famous Cava, and the second most popular sparkling wine served in restaurants around the world. This basket pairs a bottle of Segura Viudas Brut Reserva with a rich assortment of award-winning chocolates to create a gift that delivers pure enjoyment.
Featuring Domaine Chandon Brut Classic Champagne
The definitive pairing of champagne and chocolate! Perfect for a quiet celebration for two, a rich chocolate fondue kit arrives with two fondue forks, ramekins, rich melting chocolate and two splits of bright, spirited Domaine Chandon Brut Classic. Just add your favorite fruit, maybe some marshmallows, and you’ve got yourself an indulgent little New Year’s Eve.
Champagne and Pairings to Sip and Savor
When it comes to hors d’oeuvres or dinner, you might be surprised to find that champagne accompanies many different (and simple!) dishes, because champagne’s flavors greatly vary from bottle to bottle. Here are a few pairings for some popular champagnes:
A world-famous Champagne that boasts soft white-fruit, aromas of peaches and pears, and a finish of fresh walnut. The smooth, juicy palate is clean, crisp, and ideal for mixed salads and roasted poultry or game such as herbed chicken, turkey or pheasant.
Perrier-Jouet Fleur Belle Epoque:
All the lightness of white flowers combine with hints of honeyed apple, white peach and lemon zest in this fresh, stylish champange. Silky and elegant, this well-structured champagne has a base of mineral notes from the best chardonnay. On the palate, floral and fruit gives way to subtly spicy hints for a pleasant finish. Served slightly chilled, this champagne pairs perfectly with white fish such as sole with tropical fruit salsas or duck breast with golden raisin confit.
Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame Champagne:
Hints of citrus, red apple, and apricot shine through this wine, resulting in a complex fragrance, blending sweetness and nobility. It is smooth and silky, with considerable substance and structure. A remarkable balance, with a fresh, harmonious finish, and a unique aromatic aftertaste. Pair Veuve Clicquot with shellfish dishes such as crab cakes, shrimp skewers, or linguine and clams.
Which is your favorite champagne to sip during a celebration, and have you come across any delicious pairings for it? We’d love to know!
I love prosecco, personally. Yes, yes, prosecco is from Italy and champagne is from France…but prosecco is cheaper and sweeter than the champagne I’ve tried.