Champagne is a highly versatile drink. Although we can often be intimidated to pair bubbly with our favourite foods, it can be an incredible and fun choice to drink with many popular appetizers, meals, and desserts.
We all like the taste of salt and fat in our foods, although we may avoid adding too much of them to our daily diets. However, when it comes to a special occasion – be it a birthday, an anniversary, a celebration of the impending weekend, the holiday season, or new years eve, pairing your favourite fatty, salty foods with champagne can add a kick to your evening. Sparkling wines are known to be palate cleansers, which means they go well with even the toughest to pair foods – including typical hors d’oeuvres or cheese served during the holiday season.
And who doesn’t love chocolate and sweets? To double the wonderful effects of sugary treats, match them with off dry wines – or demi-sec champagnes – as the higher sugar levels in the drink interact with sweeter food to create a surprisingly tasty result.
Although authentic champagne (which comes from the Champagne region of France) can be quite expensive, sparkling wines from around the world can be terrific, cheaper replacements. Bubbly from other regions in France, Cava from Spain, Prosecco from Italy, or even local sparkling wines made in Canada can be fine alternatives.With tough work schedules and a balancing act of all of the different aspects of our lives, we should cherish moments to celebrate with friends and family. And when the time comes this holiday season, don’t be afraid to pop champagne!