Perfect food pairings for champagneClive
With the new year nearly upon us, what better way to prepare than by looking at some classic food pairings for the ultimate New Year’s Eve drink – champagne. While many of us are usually satisfied with just a single glass for a New Year’s toast, the many special offers on at the moment mean that champagne is much more affordable and can be enjoyed a little more often.
Fabulous with seafood
The crisp, dry taste of a great champagne is perfect to cut through the richness of smoked salmon, scallops or a luxury fish pie. If you are pushing the boat out and treating yourself to lobster or oysters, the briny taste of these seafood delicacies is simply enhanced by a chilled glass of bubbly. Meanwhile, pairing champagne with the big, bold flavours of a whole fish or meaty fish steaks like turbot or monkfish is a combination not to be missed.
Turkey and truffles
Choose a classic vintage champagne to pair with turkey – one that is full-bodied will complement the richness of cranberry sauce and meaty gravy. If you are offering a vegetarian option, pasta or risotto sprinkled with slices of truffle or truffle oil will be a luxurious treat, especially served with a glass of champagne in elegantly engraved champagne flutes.
Finally, the classic fruit richness of Christmas cake or mince pies is a perfect pairing with a demi-sec, whereas the sweetness of sugar-rich classics like macarons is made for the crisp, extra dry taste of a superb champagne.
Whichever combination you go for, a glass of champagne is the perfect way to welcome in the new year.