Champagne and Food Pairings

Champagne is one of, if not the most versatile beverage to pair with a wide variety of foods. As long as you avoid sweet foods and overly strong flavors, it’s hard to go wrong when pairing Champagne with many of your favorite foods. Here’s our foolproof guide to pairing Champagne with easy, everyday foods. No caviar required!

Champagne Pairing Basics

Match weight and texture: light foods tend to taste best with lighter wines; heavier foods usually taste best with stronger wines.

Match flavor intensity: Mild flavors usually pair better with delicate wine; more intense flavors typically taste better with richer wines.

Skip the sweets: Because Champagne is typically dry (and Fat Cork Champagne is almost always on the dry side), pairing Champagne with a sweet dessert can make the Champagne taste bitter. Instead, try pairing Champagne with dark chocolate and berries, or finish your meal with a bright, refreshing brut nature!

 

Champagne and Food Pairings

Champagne and Salty Foods

Champagne paired with salty foods makes one of the easiest and most delicious pairings! Salt balances acidic wine, so salty foods are especially great when paired with dry Champagnes (like brut natures). We love pairing dry Champagne with thick-cut potato chips, popcorn tossed with olive oil and parmesan, or homemade oven fries.

Champagne and Food Pairings

Champagne and Seafood

Classic and foolproof, almost all seafood pairs well with Champagne. A few of our favorites: oysters and blanc de blancs, grilled salmon and rosé, spicy fish tacos and pinot meunier.

Champagne and Food Pairings

Champagne and Take Out

Our favorite way to celebrate a weeknight: take out and Champagne. Pinot meunier Champagne compliments spicy food (try it with Vietnamese or Thai food), and brut nature shines with lighter foods (like sushi).

Champagne and Food Pairings

Champagne and Cheese

Stinky, creamy, hard, or soft, almost all cheeses pair well with Champagne! Add cured meats, olives, nuts, dried fruit, and bread to your cheese plate for even more delicious pairings.

Champagne and Food Pairings

Champagne with Brunch

Enjoy bubbly with brunch! Paired with rich eggs, salty bacon, tart berries, and buttery croissants, Champagne turns an always fun brunch into a super fun morning celebration.

Champagne Movie Night: Oct. 4th

Save the date! On the evening of Tuesday, October 4th, we’re taking over Edmonds Theater (415 Main St, Edmonds, WA) for a Champagne movie night! Join us for Fat Cork bubbly, popcorn and a big screen feature.

More information and tickets coming soon. Help us decide which movie pairs best with Champagne and popcorn by leaving a comment, or emailing us with your vote! 

1) Princess Bride
2) Midnight in Paris
3) James Bond: Bryan’s Choice

Rosé 101

Rosé Champagne

These beautiful pink bubbles are made much the same as blanc Champagnes, but instead of using only the white juices of the grape, rosés implement the dark red skins of pinot noir and pinot meunier. Fat Cork rosé ranges from pale pink to light red, with flavors ranging from very dry & tart to deep & fruit-forward.

Red + White = Pink
The blending method of creating rosé Champagne is when a small amount of still red wine (vin rouge in French) is blended into the initial assemblage to create the desired color and flavor. Rosés produced with the blending method are usually light in color.

Saignée Method
Literally “to bleed”, these rosés pick up their color by fermenting the grape juice with its own dark skin for a short period of time. Saignée rosés are made purely from the dark grapes (pinot noir or pinot meunier).

Rosé 101

Bryan tasting Hervy-Quenardel’s pinot noir only 21 hours after the juice started fermenting with the skins.

Rosé Champagne Pairings
Light rosé - pair with prosciutto, spinach salad, or fresh goat cheese.
Medium-bodied rosé - pair with salmon, roast chicken, or a triple cream cheese.
Bold rosé - pair with red meat, dark chocolate, or berries.

The Rosé Spectrum

Rosé 101
Light & Dry
Perrot-Batteux et Filles Hélixe Rosé Premier Cru ($58) Elegant and crisp, this Champagne is 85% chardonnay from the chalky soils of the Côte des Blancs region. It has wonderful acidity and tartness, but also a hint of red berry fruit. Pop this bottle open while cooking dinner with your date; it’s wonderful on its own or with light appetizers.

Rosé 101 Fresh & Balanced
Grongnet Rosé ($49) Made from an equal blend of all 3 grapes, this rosé is balanced and fresh. It’s full of red berry and fruit flavors, but has a dry, tart finish. Paired with baked salmon, grilled vegetables, and fresh flowers, this cuvée is the perfect addition to a date night in.

Rosé 101Bold & Fruit-Forward 
Hervy-Quenardel Rosé de Saignée Grand Cru ($56) 100% pinot noir, this rosé is bold and beautiful. It’s packed with flavors of strawberry and a hint of tannin. The body is full, but still has notes of chalk and minerals. Save this rosé for dessert! It’s delicious on its own but even better paired with dark chocolate and strawberries.

 

 

Our Foolproof Party Trick: Cheese and Champagne!

With the holidays upon us, and Champagne season in full swing, we wanted to share a quick tutorial on one of our foolproof Champagne pairings, the cheese plate! With few ingredients and little prep time, a cheese and charcuterie tray is our go-to for entertaining.

Check out the tutorial above for a quick lesson on assembling the perfect cheese and charcuterie board. And be sure to call or e-mail us (your Champagne experts) if you have any questions or need further suggestions on your holiday Champagne.

Cheers and happy celebrating!