Wine pairing is an art form that I am just starting to explore. As someone who loves food and wine, I adore when they come together in the most magical way! While experimenting with different sip and bites, I came across the ultimate wine pairing which I can't get enough of. This is a public service announcement: Rosé Champagne pairs with everything! Lucky for you if you already knew about this wine secret but if you are just hearing about this ultimate wine pairing for the first time, you must grab some nibbles and give it the pop, fizzle, and clink test!
When looking for a wine to pair with your food, there are a few things you should consider. Food and wine pairings should elevate and compliment each other in a balance of flavors. Classic food and wine pairings include red wine paired with hearty meats and rich sauces, while white wines pair perfectly with lighter dishes like seafood and salads. Big, bold flavors = red wine; lighter, delicate flavors = white wine. While that example is a simple pairing outline, food and wine pairings get much more complicated.
When dinning out, I usually default to the wine recommendation of our server or, if available, sommelier based on our menu selections. Mark and I have enjoyed quite a few tasting menus and have never turned down the optional wine pairing, where each of the many small courses are paired with a single glass of wine. Over the last year, I have noticed an interesting food trend - Rosé Champagne paired with anything and everything! I experienced its true universal wine pairing power when a restaurant paired my beef stew tasting course with a Rosé Champagne. It defied the classic wine pairing rules, took me by surprise, and totally opened my palate to this unique pairing! Rosé Champagne is no longer reserved for girls' night celebrations or an anniversary, it has merged into the 'universal' pairing category and I couldn't be more thrilled about it!
Why is Rosé Champagne the ultimate wine pairing? There are a few reasons why this bubbly celebration drink works with a wide variety of flavors and dishes. The lightness of the drink pairs perfectly with lighter foods, like delicate appetizers, fish, and light vegetables. The flavor of the Rosé Champagne is also multi-dimentional and can bring out more of the fruity and floral flavors matching the ingredients. For more hardy and heavy, protein-forward entrees the Rosé Champagne acts as a palate cleanser with the bubbles seemingly cutting through the richness and fattiness of a heavy dish. And of course, it is perfectly paired with a dessert or on its own is the dessert!
We've been loving this Deutz Rosé Champagne we spotted at Whole Foods. It has the perfect balance of flavor, dryness, and bubbles. If you are looking for a great bottle to try, Deutz does have a higher price point but is truly an excellent Rosé Champagne! Plus, the bottle is pretty cute too.
Right after this photo shoot, Mark and I put this universal wine pairing to the test with a pizza night in. In the most unlikely of pairings, it was perfection!
Get your flutes ready, I'm pouring you a glass! What food and wine pairings are you dying to try? Have you had a spectacular Rosé Champagne pairing you want to dish about? Comment below, I would love to read about your favorite food and Rosé Champagne parings.