Food Pairing ideas with Sparkling Pinot Noir

23rd March 2023

Barth Pinot Noir Brut Red Sparkling Wine

Sparkling Pinot Noir is like the bubbly cousin of the classic Pinot Noir wine. It’s a lively, effervescent wine that is perfect for celebrations, fancy dinners, or just sipping on a sunny afternoon.

We all know that Pinot Noir is one of the three grapes that make Champagne, and it’s almost always in the bottle, unless you’re dealing with a Blanc de Blanc, which is just a fancy way of saying 100% Chardonnay.

In this post, we’re going to switch things up and talk about something a little more intriguing – a wine that’s not quite white or rosé, but definitely not your typical red.

That’s right, folks – we’re delving into the world of pairing food with Red Sparkling Pinot Noir, and according to Stan Kushkin, a sommelier at, these are the best matches:

Appetizers With Sparkling Pinot Noir

We’ve got some mouthwatering appetizer ideas that will take your sparkling Pinot Noir from “meh” to “oh yeah!”

First up, we have Smoked Salmon Canapés with Cream Cheese and Dill. This appetizer has the perfect balance of creamy and briny that will make your taste buds dance a jig with your sparkling Pinot Noir.

If you’re a cheese lover, you can never go wrong with a plate of Assorted Cheeses. Indulge in some Brie, Camembert, and goat cheese to give your wine the creamy, salty goodness it deserves.

For those who want to step up their appetizer game, try making Prosciutto-Wrapped Melon Balls. The sweet and salty combination is a match made in heaven for your bubbly. Watch your guests go wild when you serve them this fancy snack.

Mushroom and Cheese Quiches are another delectable option that pair well with sparkling Pinot Noir. These savory tarts filled with mushrooms, onions, and cheese will make your taste buds sing. It’s like a party in your mouth!

Last but not least, don’t forget to include Bruschetta with Fresh Tomatoes, Basil, and Balsamic Vinegar. This classic appetizer is the perfect complement to your sparkling Pinot Noir, with its bright flavors and acidic kick. Don’t be a sour grape and skip the tomatoes – your taste buds will thank you.

Main Courses With Sparkling Pinot Noir

This elegant and effervescent wine can complement a wide variety of main courses, from rich and decadent to light and fresh.

First up, we have pan-seared salmon with lemon butter sauce. The light and delicate flavors of the salmon are elevated by the crisp acidity and bubbles of sparkling Pinot Noir. And the zesty lemon butter sauce adds an extra kick of flavor to this already delicious pairing.

If you’re in the mood for pork, try pairing a tenderloin with a cherry reduction sauce. The fruity and earthy notes of Pinot Noir can perfectly complement the sweet and tart flavors of the sauce. Add some roasted vegetables on the side for a complete and satisfying meal.

For chicken lovers, grilled chicken with mushroom and wine sauce is a savory and rich dish that pairs perfectly with the subtle fruit notes and effervescence of sparkling Pinot Noir. And who can resist a side of garlic mashed potatoes?

And for our final dish, we have a spicy shrimp linguine. The bubbles and acidity of sparkling Pinot Noir can balance out the heat of a spicy pasta dish, while the wine’s fruit and floral notes complement the fresh seafood flavors. And don’t forget to serve it with some garlic bread for a truly satisfying meal.

Dessert Pairing With Sparkling Pinot Noir

Champagne and Chocolate Desserts

Champagne and Chocolate Desserts

When it comes to dessert, let’s face it – we all want a little something sweet to top off our meal. And what better way to do it than with a glass of sparkling Pinot Noir?

If you’re a fan of fruit-based desserts like berry tarts or strawberry shortcake, you’ll love the way the fruit and floral notes of the wine complement the sweetness of the dessert.

But if you’re more of a chocolate lover, don’t worry – sparkling Pinot Noir has got you covered. The bubbles and acidity of the wine can help to cut through the richness of chocolate desserts like chocolate mousse or chocolate cake.

And let’s not forget about cheesecake. The creamy texture of this classic dessert can be balanced out by the wine’s acidity, making for a perfectly sweet and tangy pairing.

But wait, there’s more! Other sweet treats like lemon bars or macarons can also be enhanced by the crisp acidity and lively bubbles of sparkling Pinot Noir.

So go ahead, indulge in that sweet tooth of yours and pair it with a glass of sparkling Pinot Noir. Your taste buds will thank you.


With its delicate bubbles and fruity notes, sparkling Pinot Noir can make any occasion feel extra special.

And let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a good excuse to pop open a bottle and let the good times flow?

So grab a glass, raise a toast, and let’s dive into the world of sparkling Pinot Noir – where the wine is bubbly, and the fun is always flowing!

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