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How to Pair Fried Food & Champagne

Why save that bottle of champagne for a big day? Champagne can elevate any occasion, so whether you’re ordering or making fried chicken and chips for dinner or grabbing some popcorn for a film night, it could offer the perfect pairing. This is because the acidity of champagne pairs well with rich, savoury foods, working to cut through fattier meats or as an ideal foil for oily, fried dishes. And what’s more, the delicate flavours of champagne won’t overpower simple comfort foods. Here are some of the best parings to try at home.


Moët & Chandon Brut and French Fries

According to Marie-Christine Osselin, Moët & Chandon’s wine quality and communication manager, one of the best pairings you can try with Moët & Chandon Brut champagne is French fries. The acidity of this dry style of champagne, along with its fine stream of vivacious bubbles, complements the saltiness and texture of the chips.

Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut and Fried Chicken

Full-bodied and with robust acidity and tiny bubbles, Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label is a great match for fried chicken. While the acidity of this brut helps to cut through the fattiness of the meat, the structure helps the champagne to hold its own against the rich flavour. You could even try out this recipe for frying your own chicken, using a marinade of champagne and milk to both tenderise and add a new dimension of flavour to your dish.

Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut and Popcorn

Next time you fancy a cosy night in with a good film, reach for the savoury popcorn. Options such as cheese or turmeric are perfect for pairing with this robust and full champagne. If you can’t find these flavours in the shops, have a go at creating your own using spices or finely grated parmesan.

Veuve Clicquot Rosé and Chicken Burgers

The champagne’s intense red fruit taste works well with smoky, peppery flavours and rich meats, as well as zingy pickles. For pure indulgence, try a chicken burger with pickled cucumbers, or for something lighter, a smoky aubergine and red pepper burger with a side of sweet potato fries.