Cheers to the New Year: Toasting without Getting Toasted

Always keep a bottle of champagne in the fridge for special occasions. Sometimes, the special occasion is having a bottle of champagne in the fridge. – Hester Brown

To know me is to know that I love Champagne; there’s just something inherently fancy about the bubbly. Years ago I did a champagne tasting and sabering class (that’s right – they let me use a massive samurai sword to pop the top of bottle – badass) and it’s easily one of my favorite experiences. I learned that yellow label Veuve Cliquot is more fizz than flavor and that most champagnes are a blend of red grapes (Pinot Noir or Pinot Meunier) and white grapes (Chardonnay).

The tasting also included some light fare to snack on, which was interesting because I hadn’t really thought about what you would eat with champagne besides oysters and caviar (I’m not much of a fan of either). We had a grilled sandwich (not exactly what comes to mind when you think fancy) with manchego, prosciutto and green apple that was absolutely delicious.

As we come up on New Year’s Eve – synonymous with champagne – it’s definitely a good idea to eat while you drink. While searching for food pairings that did not seem insurmountable to prepare, I came across this interesting article by Justin Hammack on; he offers up unique pairings like mac n’ cheese with a brut sparkling wine and spring rolls with spicy chili sauce served with a sweet Champagne. Hammack also says, “it’s a little known secret that fried food and Champagne are best friends.” You had me at fried, sir.

I’m sure I’ll be referencing Hammack’s article as I pop open bottles in the months to come. Happy New Year! Cheers!

What are you serving up to bring in the new year? 

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