Sparkling wine and food matching
Fish and chips (in fact any fried fish). Yes seriously, non-vintage champagne is considered the perfect match as the crispness cuts through the grease and as you would expect matches well with fish. Non-vintage is better than vintage as the taste is usually fruitier and the acidity crisper. Vintage champagne might work but its flavour profile is usually less fruity and more yeasty which can make it a little heavy. Maybe not the most romantic meal but it would save on the cooking.
Sushi & ceviche. Made by the champagne method but from local Spanish grape varieties, Macabbeo, Parellada and Xarel-lo, Cava and its premium cousin Penedes are usually fruity without being very light so they do not overpower the delicate flavours.
Their high acidity complements slightly fatty and salty food like sushi - and soy sauce.
Spicy dishes like mild to medium curries. Also made by the Champagne method, Crémants are a fantastic alternative to Champagne which might seem a little decadent with curry. A Crémant de Bourgogne rosé has spent time on the black grape, Gamay, to get its colour. This process and the grape also gives the wine more fruity berry flavours which complement spicy foods.
Mild to medium Indian dishes like chicken tikka will also enhance the creaminess of the wine.
Shellfish including oysters, lobster and crab. Champagne would work equally well but I like to promote English Sparking Wine as it is for many still an undiscovered pleasure.
I have been stocking a fabulous Moscato d'Asti almost since the website was launched. Sales have been infrequent and mainly to Italians living in the UK. It's not a surprise as this isn't a wine that would jump to mind for most Brits when looking for a sparkling wine especially as it is slightly sweet. It is also low in alcohol and light-bodied and, despite its sweetness, has a really crisp acidity which makes it the perfect fits for most desserts - and a very refreshing change to super sweet dessert wine.
Lindsay Cornelissen DipWSET is passionate about good quality wine and set up her online wine business, Wines With Attitude, to share that passion with other wine lovers.