Sparkling wine is so wonderfully versatile that it pairs with just about everything. Sparklers such as champagne and cava are carbonated in the bottle by a process called secondary fermentation. This method is costly, but it generates very fine bubbles and an appealing yeasty flavour. Their bubbly texture and minerality mean these wines go especially well with salty, briny foods. As a bonus, saltiness in food enhances the wine’s delicate fruit and mellows its acidity.
Oysters and caviar are classic matches with sparkling, but even popcorn and potato chips will do. This month, we’re pairing it with Spanish-style tapas dishes. Try these wines with our saucy shrimp chips or our crunchy olives. They’re zesty, briny, salty and loaded with festive appeal. And since serving bubbles saves you the hassle of offering numerous wine selections with a buffet of dishes, this match is perfect for a cocktail party. Tip: Serve these wines quite cold (warm sparkling is almost impossible to uncork without a big bang and an overflow!).
Perfect pairing: Sparkling Wine