Champagne is Your Go To Wine for Food Pairings

Champagne & Other French Sparkling Wine Suggestions for Your Collection

 

Champagne is finally getting the recognition it deserves as a brilliant food wine. It’s important to note that “non-vintage” (or simply “NV”) is not a dirty word: NV Champagnes are blends of wines from the best growing seasons. But if you can find one, try a Champagne made by a grower-producer. These winemakers control every aspect of grape cultivation and vinification, from the vine to the finished bottle—which is unfortunately a rarity these days. Turn to sales associates Sam Davies, Erik Guzinski, Josh Mizrahi, Bambi Ray, and Tammie Teclemariam for a few helpful suggestions.

Jacquesson Extra Brut, Cuvée 738 – NV
If I ever want to feel lavish or kingly I buy myself a bottle of this cuvée. Jacquesson perfectly balances richness and delicacy. Flavors of fluffy homemade biscuit, mouthwatering pears, and a generous dollop of homemade whipped cream on the palate. This Champagne is so good, it just has to be fattening! -SD

Half-Bottle of Ployez-Jacquemart, Extra Brut Rosé – NV
Champagne: not just for celebrations anymore! I love popping open a bottle for fun in the middle of the week—and given the small 375ml size and affordability, it’s a no-brainer. Soft, floral aromatics pair with earthy, red fruit for a solid sparkler that never fails to deliver. A light bit of toast is present on the palate and it integrates well with the minerality that this house is known for. What a great way to have a few glasses of Champagne anytime without breaking the bank. -EG

Perseval-Farge, 1er Cru Brut Réserve – NV
The “RM” on the bottom of the label identifies this as a grower Champagne. What’s grower Champagne, you ask? That just means that the person who grows the grapes makes the wine too. Very often, grower Champagne has a complexity and refinement that the big houses like Veuve Clicquot and Moët can’t match. This is the real deal! A husband-and-wife team make this mostly Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier on a four-hectare estate in the 1er cru village of Chamery. Light and fresh, with an elegance and style that will add joy to your next special occasion. -JM

R.H. Coutier, Brut Rosé – NV
This is a serious rosé Champagne, bursting with fruit and nut flavors. The nose is reminiscent of both strawberry cobbler and peanut butter. On the palate, the rich, nutty notes dominate—followed by tart red berries and a lip-smacking finish. It’s full-bodied structure could stand up to many dishes throughout a meal. -BR

R.H. Coutier, Blanc de Blancs, Brut – NV
Lovers of lemon meringue pie take note! This all-Chardonnay beauty emits notes of vanilla, raw cashews, graham cracker, and lemon that carry through from the nose to the palate. Coutier’s sparklers really know how to delight the senses with bright acidity and creaminess. Don’t miss out on this tasty treat. -BR

Vouvray Brut, Foreau – 2010
In Champagne, dry sparkling wines are frequently enjoyed with simple cookies, and it’s a pairing we should reach for more often. This Vouvray is rich enough to stand up to butter and has flavors that would complement vanilla, lemon, or orange. Ideal for simple cakes with icing, Scottish shortbread, and the contemplation-worthy madeleine. -TT