Fresh Arkansas strawberries are a real treat. Add some Champagne or sparkling wine and you have a delicious celebration.
Here are our tips on hosting a Strawberries & Champagne Tasting for a birthday, engagement or to enhance a brunch event.
Remember, celebrate responsibly.
We know that strawberries are a natural to pair with Champagne or sparkling wine. But we have a few ideas to further enhance those flavors.
Taittinger Brut La Française
Fine, lacy mousse and delicate flavors of poached apple, blackberry, beeswax and lemon confit underscored by a streak of smoky minerality that echoes on the finish.
Strawberries and Sweet as Honey Cream
Domaine Careneros by Taittinger Brut Rosé
As delicate and pretty as a flower petal, this blush offers crisp and supple notes of raspberry, orange peel and spiced cinnamon.
Bouvet Rosé Excellence
Exhibits a brilliant, delicate salmon-pink color punctuated by fine, pinpoint bubbles which suggest the wine’s fresh, raspberry and cassis fragrance.
Banfi Rosa Regale Barchetto D’Acqui
Aromatic with a hint of rose petals and raspberries, it is perhaps the only wine in the world that marries well with chocolate, especially dark or bittersweet.
Strawberries and Chocolate Fondue
Chandon Blanc De Noirs
While technically dry, it tastes sweetly infused with the essence of strawberries and vanilla. The mouth feel is fine, with gentle scouring of acidity and the slight sourness from its lees.
Strawberries and Crushed Black Pepper
Don’t be overwhelmed by the numerous choices. Here is a guide to the different styles of Champagne and sparkling wine.
Brut: has no or very little detectable sweetness/sugar with less than 12 grams per liter of residual sugar.
Brut Nature: (brut zero, non-dosage, ultra brut, brut sauvage) is bone dry with 0 to 2 grams per liter of residual sugar.
Extra-Brut: has no sweetness with 0 to 6 grams per liter of residual sugar.
Extra Dry: (also called Extra Sec) has some detectable sweetness/sugar with 12 to 17 grams per liter of residual sugar.
Sec: (Dry) has noticeable sweetness/sugar with 17 to 32 grams per liter of residual sugar.
Demi-sec: (Medium Dry) is moderately sweet and not a true dessert wine. It has a dosage of 32 to 50 grams per liter of residual sugar.
Doux: (Sweet) is very sweet (naturally soft in the mouth) with greater than 50 grams per liter of residual sugar. This style is rarely if ever produced commercially any more.
Chill Champagne or sparkling wine for 20 minutes in ice bath
Do not open the Champagne until after guests arrive
Serve Champagne in flutes; if you don’t have enough flutes for all of your guests a White Wine glass will work
For a tasting, only pour 2 - 3 ounces of each style
What’s the difference between Champagne and sparkling wine?
Sparkling wine can only be called Champagne if it comes from the region of Champagne, France, which is just outside of Paris.
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