No celebration would be complete without a bottle of champagne. Similar to non-sparkling varieties of wine, it’s key to find the appropriate food pairing, whether you’re enjoying a glass during the main course or looking for something to go with dessert. Here, the wine experts at Martin Brothers Wine & Spirits in the Upper West Side share a few recommendations to help you make the best selection.
For an appetizer, choose a brie and fruit plate. The tang of champagne perfectly offsets the creamy nature of the brie and complements the sweet flavor of the fruit. If you like Asian cuisine, consider fried spring rolls. Champagne will amplify the crunchy fried texture of this dish.
Many different kinds of seafood pair beautifully with champagne. This has to do with the acidity of French sparkling wine, which goes well with the subtle, often buttery texture of seafood. In particular, shrimp, oysters, crab, and caviar make for a delectable combination. Chicken and pasta can also be paired with champagne, especially when served with a light and creamy sauce.
This bubbly beverage works best with a light and refreshing option, including sweet or tangy sorbets and flaky pastries. Lemon cake also tastes delicious with champagne because of the acidity of the citrus fruit. Be cautious about pairing ultra-sweet desserts with champagne, as the drink may overamplify the flavor.
Whether you are looking for the perfect champagne for a dinner party or a single malt scotch, stop by Martin Brothers Wine & Spirits. This Upper West Side staple has provided locals with an amazing selection of wine and spirits for nearly three decades. Their knowledgeable staff will help you find the best drink choice for the food you’re serving. Call (212) 222-8218 or visit them online to see the complete listing of champagne.