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SPARKLING WINES AND FOOD PAIRING

16 MAY 2017

IT MAY NOT BE THE FIRST FOOD AND WINE PAIRING THAT COMES TO YOUR MIND, BUT BUBBLES ARE PERFECT WITH FOOD!

Now that the temperature starts to increase, what’s better than a crystal, refreshing, sparkling wine? With crisp acidity, low alcohol and delightful bubbles, it can definitely replace beer or accompany summer evenings.

And because it is known that food and wine go together, I am here again to offer you sparkling wine and food pairing advice.

  1. Fatty and salty cheeses such as Parmesan, aged gouda or a 5-year-old Naxos Gruyere are terrific accompaniments to a Champagne Blanc de Noirs or a sparkling wine with similar philosophy like the Cuvee Speciale from Karanika Estate.
  2. Οf course oysters or otherwise clams, are a perfect match. Yes, it is a classic combo as the lemon that drips over calls for acidity. A great combination would be with a bubbly wine from Santorini’s Assyrtiko that has an intense mineral character or a Brut Champagne Blanc de Blancs.
  3. Eggs: in every possible way! This demanding indredient goes perfectly with bubbles that "freshen" the mouth in the moment. Because summer is coming I will propose the unexpected: eggs with tomato and a rosé sparkling wine from Xinomavro! It is really an unparalleled combination, especially if the wine has a bit of sweetness and the sauce has some cayenne pepper in it, if you know what I mean!
  4. Prosciutto, plain or with melon accompanies perfectly a fruity sparkling wine like prosecco or debina!
  5. Fruit salads with summer fruits pairs well with Moscato D 'Asti or some other off dry sparkling like Amalia Vintage that has an intense floral and fruity style but also a sweetness that will match with the ripe apricot.

These are the basics but I suggest experimenting, as with Champagne it's very difficult to make a mistake and, you never know when you’ll  find another interesting combination!

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