If there is one time of the year when it is okay to indulge, it’s the festive season and we think you might like some of our festive food and fizz suggestions … in fact they are so mouth-watering #EvenAuntEthel might just be tempted!
Hooray and well done, you’ve made it to Christmas Eve and for once, it’s just the two of you. To conjure up an atmosphere that is romantic rather than frantic, a bottle of champagne with a few tasty canapés is just the thing. Bring out the blinis; add a covering of cream cheese, slice some smoked salmon and pop open a bottle of something dry and crisp.
We would suggest a zesty and zippy ‘Blanc de Blancs’ champagne (made with 100% Chardonnay grapes) because the zest and zip cut through the richness of the salmon and cream cheese. At The Fizz Company we highly recommend Triolet Reserve champagne or A. Bergère Cuvée Brut Nature champagne or Charles Ellner Blanc de Blancs champagne. All made with 100% Chardonnay grapes.
It’s Christmas Day and although secretly, you might have plumped for a joint of beef or lamb, you are hosting a big family meal and the popular vote went with the traditional turkey roast. Do not fear; we have a fizz for that too!
Our tip is to find a fizz to match the flavour and weight of the trimmings and champagne that has been aged longer than legally required will sit nicely with the stuffing, sausages and gravy. We recommend Charles Ellner Magnum of Champagne.
For those of you enjoying a non-traditional roast, you can still savour a glass of champagne with juicy red meat dishes. We would suggest Janisson et Fils Grand Cru Blanc de Noirs (100% Pinot Noir grapes).
You have declared Boxing Day ‘open house’ for friends and neighbours and luckily, you’ve already prepared huge pots of chilli and a couple of curries. To make the rest of it relatively easy, it’s a case of unwrapping enough cheese to host a mouse festival; an abundance of crackers, jars of chunky chutney and a big bowl of grapes.
Hard cheeses such as mature cheddar, Manchego and Red Leicester match well with the complexity and depth of a vintage champagne. We recommend champagne Janisson et Fils Grand Cru Vintage 2006 or Charles Ellner Seduction 2006 Vintage champagne.
Don’t forget to match your puds with something off-dry, and fruity; we recommend the La Farra Prosecco DOCG Extra Dry (the extra dry = sweeter than a standard prosecco!)
Happy eating and fizzing!