6. Sparkling Wine
- Unoaked Chardonnay pairs best with delicate foods such as simply prepared seafood, fish or chicken.
- Moderately oaked Chardonnay can work with richer foods such as lighter cream sauces.
- Fully oaked Chars can take on foods that have an extra degree of richness such as pasta with a heavy cream sauce, lobster or scallops in a cream sauce, and meats served with a cream sauce. Also rich cheeses and even foie gras can work with these big Chars.
- Try to match flavors in the Chardonnay with those in the food. For example, if you have a warm climate Chardonnay with rich tropical flavors, use similar flavors in the food to complement the wine (e.g. a mango-infused sauce). Or, play to ripe Chardonnay’s impression of sweetness by serving it with ingredients such as corn, butternut squash or sweet potatoes, as well as foods that are carmelized.
- Last, foods that don’t work well with Chardonnay include any type of tomato sauce or spicy dishes.