Champagne, despite common misconceptions, shouldn’t be reserved as a special occasion-only wine. With its varying levels of acidity and texture, and rich layers of flavor, Champagne is incredibly versatile and pairs perfectly with a wide variety of foods.
So, what are the rules when it comes to Champagne pairings? First of all, complimenting the notes and flavors of the Champagne with the food always works well. Or, for something a little different, try focusing on contrasting flavors and textures and allowing them to work against each other to create balance and harmony.
Sometimes, casual snack or picnic foods can make the best pairings; For instance, fried chicken and Champagne create an amazing combination due to the saltiness and fattiness of the chicken balanced with the refreshing acidity of the Champagne. Personally, my favorite food to pair with Champagne is truffled popcorn.
Popcorn in general pairs well with Champagne; however, TRUFFLED popcorn and bubbles are a whole other experience. Champagne is an enchanting match with salted and truffled popcorn. The magic happens when the fine bubbles cut through the richness of the *truffle oil, cleansing and refreshing the palate. Yum!!
Here’s the thing:
Today is National Popcorn Day, so go ahead and open that bottle of Champagne you’ve been saving. Pop some popcorn, add a little truffle oil and salt, and enjoy! After all, every day is a good day to celebrate!
And, since Valentine’s Day is coming up next month, forget the chocolate; instead, give your loved one the perfect pairing of Champagne and popcorn.
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