Sparkling wine – let’s get the party started
December 17, 2015
Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve looked at how you can choose a sparkling wine to suit your taste and budget. So now you’ve got your sparkling wine – let’s get the party started! Here are a few top tips for serving your sparkling wine and some recipes for easy dishes to serve with it.
At what temperature should you serve sparkling wine?
Whatever their style, all sparkling wines are best served chilled, ideally to around 6°C-10°C (43°F-50°F). If you serve sparkling wine too cold, it will be very refreshing but you won’t be able to appreciate the aromas and flavours as much. I often get the bottle out of the fridge 30 minutes before serving.
What if the wine just arrived and you need to chill it fast?
It has been proven that the fastest way to chill your bottles or cans down is to put them in a bucket of cold water and ice.
What glasses are best?
The best glasses for sparkling wine are flute-shaped, as this helps retain the bubbles (and the aromas) for longer than more open styles of glass.
Sparkling wine is the most versatile type of wine of all. It’s refreshing, great on its own and pairs with pretty much any kind of food. Its high acidity means you can pair it with fatty foods, like pâté or cheese, or dishes with acidic ingredients, like tomatoes or vinegar.
Sip it by the pool on a hot day; uncork it with zest for a special celebration or team it up with pâté for a sophisticated start to a dinner party. Anything goes.
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