For a unique taste on wine and food pairings, our food and wine editor offers some of his go to matches.
Mention a wine—still or sparkling—and most people immediately try to figure out what to eat with it. By their very nature, recreational sparkling wines lend themselves to a range of interesting food pairings. Some are obvious, while others might stretch the boundaries of an imaginative sommelier.
Conventional: Light hors d’oeuvres, fish and shellfish
Bizarre: Buttered popcorn; BBQ potato chips; lemon chicken; trout tartare; brandade of cod; brioche; almond or honey biscuits and cookies
Expected: Fruit tarts, cobblers or meringue desserts
Traditional: Light or dark chocolate desserts
Offbeat: Cured meats; olives and tapenade; strong cheeses; chargrilled dishes; Nutella crêpes
Most popular: A salami sandwich
Unexpected: Melon with port wine; risotto with wild mushrooms; white Alba truffles; barbecued chicken; fresh figs