The Ultimate Champagne & Food Pairing Guide

Champagne Food Pairing Guide

When it comes to food pairings, sparkling wine is one of the most versatile—from salty dishes to fried foods, oysters to chicken or desserts, it is a fun libation to match with food.

Champagne Food Pairing Guide: Whether you are drinking a French Champagne or Crémant, an American sparkler, Italian Prosecco, Spanish Cava, or German Sekt, they all go well with shellfish especially when complimented with butter. Sparklers are also high in acidity, which makes them attractive to pair with citrus, cream sauces and mildly spicy dishes. Finding the best pairings depend on the style of the sparkler, so check out the guide below for some great suggestions.

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Champagne Food Pairing Guide
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About the Author:

Editor and co-founder of, Pamela is a sommelier and former restaurant manager and wine buyer with Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), Court of Master Sommeliers & Center for Wine Origins certification. She has contributed to or been quoted by various publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Sommelier Journal, Vegetarian Times, VIV Magazine, UC-Berkeley Astrobiology News, The Washington Post, the Associated Press, NPR and USA Today. True to her roots, she seeks varietal and appellation integrity and is always passionate about finding the next great bottle of wine.


  1. Quinn November 30, 2013 at 11:18 AM - Reply

    Thanks for this great graphic! Champagne is my favorite and I am not confident on what foods go best with styles. I have a company party coming up and this will be a handy guide to keep in my back pocket. Have a wonderful holiday Enobytes.

    • Pamela Heiligenthal December 1, 2013 at 9:41 AM - Reply

      I am glad this information will come in handy Quinn, and a happy holiday back at yeah.

  2. Amy Klein November 30, 2013 at 11:27 AM - Reply

    I had no idea there were so many styles of sparkling wine! I usually like the one that is dry and not too sweet. Is this Brut? Thanks for the guide suggestions.

    • Pamela Heiligenthal December 1, 2013 at 9:43 AM - Reply

      Yes, more than likely you are talking about Brut! There is a slight chance its no-dosage, meaning no additional sugar is added, but this style is reaaalllly dry! So I am betting on Brut.

  3. Mary G, November 30, 2013 at 11:52 AM - Reply

    Great guide! I also like popcorn and potato chips with Champagne!

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