What Food To Pair With Champagne?

8th August 2022

What Food To Pair With Champagne

The wonderful world of food pairings is vast, with countless combinations, from the various different dishes with thousands of different bottles of Champagne.

Let’s break down the way to pair Champagne and Food in a simple and easy-to-understand way, which you’ll be able to refer to later when finding your perfect pairing.

Champagne

Let’s quickly break down the different kinds of Champagne that you can use.

Every Champagne has its own flavours, and unless it tells you on the back of the label or on their website, you’re going to have to take a bit of a gamble with the flavours, but one thing you can figure out is how sweet it will taste.

  • Brut Nature (0 grams of sugar)
  • Extra Brut (3-6 grams of sugar)
  • Brut (6-12 grams of sugar)
  • Extra Dry (12-17 grams of sugar)
  • Dry (17-32 grams of sugar) )
  • Demi-sec (32-50 grams of sugar)
  • Doux – (more than 50 grams)

As you can see, each classification has its own sugar level, with the most commonly produced being the Extra Brut and Brut Champagnes.

Champagne – Aromas & Flavours:

Toast
Burnt Toast
Butter
Brioche
Croissant
Yellow Fruits
Yellow Stone Fruits
Green Fruits
Oak
Burnt Oak
Floral
Zesty – Lemon or Lime

What Kind of Food Can I Pair With Champagne?

The short answer is ‘anything’, you just need to find the right sugar level and right flavours, Champagne is very food-friendly, so if you just randomly pick out a bottle of Champagne and pair it with a dish, its most likely going to work in some way or another, now let’s dive into the best Champagne and Food Pairings.

Food pairing with Champagne and Sparkling Wine

Brut Nature – Champagne

(0 grams of sugar)

  • Lobster
  • Roast Chicken

Extra Brut – Champagne

(3-6 grams of sugar)

  • Lobster
  • Spicy Hot Curry
  • Mashed Potato and Gravy
  • Apple Pie

Brut – Champagne

(6-12 grams of sugar)

  • Steak
  • Fried Chicken
  • Asian Food
  • Shellfish
  • Fish with Buttry Sauce
  • Beef Burgers
  • Cheese

Brie
Camembert
Goat cheese
Mozzarella
Ricotta
Halloumi

  • White Truffle
  • Fried Potato
  • Crisps

Extra Dry – Champagne

(12-17 grams of sugar) A touch of sweetness with a spicy dish is a good match

  • Fries/Chips
  • Sushi
  • Mussels
  • Shrimps in Cocktail Sauce
  • Spicy Food
  • Red Berries
  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Stone Fruits
  • Peach
  • Apricot
  • Jam Pastries
  • Fruit Pastries
  • Cheese

Brie
Camembert
Goat cheese
Mozzarella
Ricotta
Halloumi

Dry – Champagne

(17-32 grams of sugar)

  • Sushi
  • Red Berries
  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Stone Fruits
  • Peach
  • Apricot
  • Jam Pastries
  • Fruit Pastries
  • Tiramisu
  • Lemon Pie
  • Ice Cream
  • Chocolate Covered Strawberries
  • Milk Chocolate
  • Chocolate Truffles

Demi-sec – Champagne

(32-50 grams of sugar)

  • Chicken
  • Foie Gras
  • Octopus
  • Popcorn
  • Chocolate Pudding
  • Fruit Pastries
  • Fruit Desserts
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Cheese
  • Red Berries
  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Stone Fruits
  • Peach
  • Apricot
  • Jam Pastries
  • Fruit Pastries
  • Birthday Cake
  • Lemon Pie
  • Tiramisu
  • Ice Cream
  • Chocolate Covered Strawberries
  • Milk Chocolate
  • Chocolate Truffles

Doux – Champagne

More than 50 grams.

  • Jam Pastries
  • Fruit Pastries
  • Birthday Cake
  • Ice Cream
  • Chocolate Covered Strawberries
  • Milk Chocolate
  • Chocolate Truffles

Rosé – Champagne

Rosé and Spicy Food is normally a great combination. Rosé also does a great job of Red Berry Desserts.

  • Pizza
  • Duck
  • Crab Cakes
  • Grilled Fish
  • Cured Fish
  • Cured Meats
  • Fried Chicken
  • Venison
  • Pheasant
  • Spicy Food
  • Pasta
  • Red Fruit Desserts
  • Red Berry Desserts
  • Red Berry Pastries
  • Cheesecake
  • Red Berry Cheesecake
  • Strawberry Cheesecake
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Milk Chocolate

Blanc de Blancs – Champagne

White of Whites

  • Oyster
  • Caviar
  • Fish
  • Seafood
  • Mussels
  • Lobster
  • Deep Freid Fish
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Creamy Cheese
  • Veggie Pizza
  • Pineapple
  • Pear
  • Brioche
  • Bread

Blanc de Noirs – Champagne

White of Black

  • Prok
  • Steak
  • Turkey
  • Stuffing
  • Cured meat
  • Duck
  • Lobster
  • Grilled Fish
  • Mushroom Pizza
  • Cheesecake
  • Strawberry Cheesecake
  • Milk Chocolate

Pinot Noir – Champagne

Black Grape

  • Cheese
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Cinnamon
  • Red, Black & Blue Berry Jam

Pinot Meunier – Champagne

Black Grape

  • Yellow Stone Fruits
  • Stone Fruits
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Honey
  • Nuts
  • Mushrooms

Oliver Walkey

Champagne and Sparkling Wine Writer, Focused on Bringing the Exciting and Fascinating World of Bubbly to You.