Champagne and Sparkling Wine Appetizers

Also Sparkling Wines such as Cremant, Traditional Method non-French Sparkling wines, Blanc de Blanc, Blanc de Noir, Sparkling Rose, Cava, Prosecco, Sekt, Franciacorta

If you are drinking an expensive Champagne (>$80), just savor the delicious flavors rather than altering the taste with food. Champagne and sparking wines of all styles don’t “go” with every food, as some think, but there is a style of champagne that can pair well with almost all food you can think of. General food/wine pairings for Champagne and sparkling wines are:

Dry styles (Brut Nature, Extra Brut, Brut) – light fish, shellfish, chicken, pork with citrus-based sauces

Off dry styles (Extra Sec, Extra Dry, Sec, Dry)  – chicken, pork, veal with spicier sauces, Pacific rim foods, Mexican

Semi-sweet styles (Demi-Sec, Semi-Dry) –  Goat’s cheese, blue or strong flavored cheese, desserts

Sweet styles (Doux, Sweet) – fairly sweet dessert dishes

Rosé dry or off dry styles – beef and lamb dishes and dishes with slight spiciness, truffle dishes, charcuterie

Champagne and Sparkling Wine Appetizers For Different Styles

Dry styles (Brut Nature, Extra Brut, Brut)

Fried spring rolls with a soy or citrus-based sauce, deviled eggs, sushi, sashimi, caviar

Quiche Bites  

Mixed dried nuts and dried berries, toasted almonds

Cheeses with imbedded fruit or truffled

Shortbread or Butter Cookies

Buttered popcorn, cheese puffs, potato chips, french fries

Carrot, cucumber, celery stick, and bread stick crudites with an olive tapenade

Smoked Salmon on Mini-bagels

Smoked Trout and Caper Cream Cheese Toasts 

Crispy Udon Noodles with Nori Salt

Brie without rind on baguette rounds

Oysters Rockefeller

Pistachio-crusted Scallops   

Deep fried Breaded Mushrooms  

Spanish Garlic Mushroom Tapas

Baked Cheddar Olives

Pimento Cheese Phyllo Cups

Parmesan Onion Canapés

Fried chicken nuggets, fried calamari, hush puppies

Off dry styles (Extra Sec, Extra Dry, Sec, Dry) 

Cheeses – Brie with rind on baguette rounds, Brin D’Amour, Camembert with rind, Emmental, Feta, Garroxta, most goat cheeses, Manchego, Muenster, Raclette, Reblochon, Saint-Nectaire, Swiss, Vacherin

Wide curls of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

Candied or Toffee nuts

Jalapeno Cheese Puffs

Hush puppies with a sweet, mild Thai chili sauce

Crackers and cream cheese topped with mango chutney

Champagne Cheddar Spread and Toasts

Spanish Garlic Shrimp

Roasted seedless grapes (450 deg F for 25-30 minutes)

Goat Cheese, Caramelized Onions and Truffled Honey Crostini 

Roasted Grape and Jalapeno Sweet Potato Crostini

Chocolate Covered Almonds, Pecans, Peanuts or Expresso Beans

Semi-sweet styles (Demi-Sec, Semi-Dry)

Goat’s cheese, blue cheese, 

Spicy Avocado Shrimp Spring Rolls 

Zannie’s Black-Eyed Pea Dip   

Jalapeno Poppers

Milk Chocolate Covered Almonds, Pecans, Peanuts or Expresso Beans


Meyer Lemon Shortcakes with Meyer Curd and Mixed Citrus

Pine Nut Tart with Rosemary Cream

Strawberry Shortcake

Sweet styles (Doux, Sweet) 

Harvest Pear Crisp with Candied Ginger

Champagne Cupcakes with a Strawberry Filling 

Peach Cobbler

Copy Cat CinnaBon Recipe  

Rosé dry or off dry style 

Foie gras

Ricotta and roasted tomato bruschetta and pancetta    

Seared Beef Tenderloin Mini Sandwiches with Mustard-Horseradish Sauce  

Raspberry-baked Brie   

Champagne Turkey Meatballs  

Bacon-wrapped Chorizo-stuffed Dates 

Chocolate-covered Cherries, Strawberries, Red Raspberries, or Orange sticks

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