So here we are. It’s almost New Year’s Eve, and I’m a food blogger with with a keen interest in good wine pairings. It’s about time I share some pairings for sparkling wine as we get ready to ring in the new year! This was actually pretty easy to do, because we focused on this subject for the most recent Wine Pairing Weekend event. So I’ll start my list of 20 ideas with suggestions from the #winePW group, followed by some additional pairings to round out the list. Cheers! For more sparkling wine pairing ideas, check out my Buzzfeed Roundup, “15 Best Foods To Eat With Your Bubbly“.
Pairings for Sparkling Wine from the December #winePW bloggers
The monthly Wine Pairing Weekend event (#winePW) for December focused on appetizers that pair well with sparkling wines. Jeff from foodwineclick hosted the event, and had the foresight to see that pairings for sparkling wine would be a useful topic for the holiday season! Below are the pairings the bloggers came up with, giving you a wide range of ideas for food that pairs well with sparkling wine. You also can pick up some ideas of bubbly you might like to try, from some good value finds up through some classic Champagne. The blog names are linked directly to their pairings for sparkling wine post.
Bacon and Greens Dip with Bubbly by Cooking Chat
Piedmont Sparkling Nebbiolo & Pungent Anchovy Green Sauce by foodwineclick
Segura Viudas Aria Cava with Oysters and Spanish Tapas by Confessions of a Culinary Diva
Butterflied Spicy Prawns and Treveri Sparkling Wine by Wild 4 Washington Wine
A Seasonal Nibbles Duet + Pear Valley Vineyard’s Frizzante Muscat by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Appetizers served with a Sparkling Wine by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Cranberry Brie Biscuit Bites and Sparkling Muscat by Curious Cuisiniere
Moscato with Fresh Fruit Almond Cake and Zabaglione by Vino Travels — An Italian Wine Blog
Domaine Meriwether Sparkling Wine and Make Ahead Spanakopita by Tasting Pour
Wine and Dine: Anna de Cordoniu Brut NV and Herbed Parmesan Crisps by Grape Experiences
Italian Sparkling Wine: Bubbly & Bacon #winePW by Girls Gotta Drink
The Holidays Sparkle on #WinePW by Rockin Red Blog
Butternut and Bubbly by It’s Okay to Eat the Cupcake
Smoked Salmon and Potato Chip Appetizer with Louis Roederer Champagne by ENOFYLZ
6 more pairings for sparkling wine
I know, 14 pairings for sparking wine may have been enough for you. But hey, I like round numbers, and had a few more ideas to share!
Prosecco with Pesto Sauvignon Blanc may be the classic pairing for my pesto recipe; but as I noted here, a Prosecco can go nicely with pesto. Pesto crostini can be a nice app and work well with Prosecco or other bubbly.
Champagne with Fried Parsnips Ray and Lori from Pairings Wine & Food are always coming up with creating pairings. They started off a recent wine club gathering by serving Champagne with Fried Parsnips, and it was very tasty! This Food & Wine recipe looks similar to what they did.
Bubbly with Buttered Popcorn Along the same lines of Martin’s potato chip appetizer, great pairings don’t have to be a lot of work! Sparkling wine and popcorn go great together. You can pop your own or we’ve really been enjoying Angie’s Artisan Boom Chicka Pop for a ready-to-eat popcorn lately.
Prosciutto and Figs I was going to simply recommend prosciutto as a pairing for bubbly, as it’s so easy to add to a platter along with some cheese. But if you want to put in a little more effort, why not try putting together some Prosciutto Wrapped Figs, following the easy Food Network recipe? Go for bubbly with a bit of sweetness if you go with the figs and prosciutto. Since posting this earlier today, I came across this Prosciutto Wrapped Goat Cheese Stuffed Figs from Recipe Runner, and bet that would also be great with bubbly!
Spicy Red Pepper Dip Pinot Noir is the optimal pairing for the Muhamarra Spicy Red Pepper Dip I shared the other day, but we’ve also enjoyed this dip with a Prosecco. In general, dips and other apps with some spice can pair nicely with a sparkling wine.
Cheese and Sparkling Wine Of course, wine and cheese go together, and that certainly holds true for sparkling wine. Many cheeses can go well with bubbly. Sparkling wine can cut through the creaminess of cheeses like Brie and Camembert, but can also go with one of my favorites–Gruyere.
I know, leftover bubbly is not typically a huge problem. But when it does, it’s nice to be able to save some of those bubbles. This little gadget preserves the bubbles quite nicely for a day or two. With this at the ready, it’s nice to be able to open some bubbly to have a glass before dinner, and have the rest ready for another day.
What are you pairing?
I know this list of 20 pairings for sparkling wine just scratches the surface of good pairings for bubbly. What pairings do you like to serve for New Year’s Eve, or any other time you pop a cork of sparkling wine? Drop a comment to let us know!