Champagne Pairings for a New Year's Eve Party
NV Bisol Crede Brut
Creamy-textured yet crisp, this floral-inflected Prosecco is made with grapes grown in crede, a moisture-retaining clay soil.
Pairing: Hush Puppies with Remoulade
2006 Soter Vineyards Brut Rosé
Intense yet delicate, this strawberry- and orange-inflected bottling is one of America's best sparkling rosés.
NV Bisol Jeio Brut
Sparkling wine is a good match for fried foods, like these decadent potato pancakes, because the bubbles in the wine refresh your palate. Prosecco from Italy tends to be fairly inexpensive, which is great for entertaining.
NV Domaine Chandon Brut Classic
Pairing: Oysters Rocafella
"We created this dish as an homage to Jay-Z. He inspires us," says Mario Carbone about the rapper and cofounder of the Roc-A-Fella record label. "The original dish was named for John D. Rockefeller. He was money back then, and to us, Jay-Z is money in New York City now." Carbone and Rich Torrisi pair Jay-Z's favorite Champagne, Armand de Brignac (a.k.a. Ace of Spades), with this dish. Domaine Chandon's NV Brut Classic is also terrific and much, much less expensive.
2008 Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs
Consistently one of the country's best all-Chardonnay sparklers, this is made in a pure, refined style with firm acidity and white-fruit flavors.
NV Lucien Albrecht Cremant d'Alsace
Pairing: Bacon, Cheddar and Onion Quiche
This take on a classic Alsatian dish is wonderfully rich, a perfect pairing with the sparkling wine of the Alsace region: Crémant d'Alsace.
NV Avinyó Brut Reserva Cava
Pairing: Sriracha-and-Wasabi Deviled Eggs
When appetizers are a little salty, like these soy sauce-flavored deviled eggs, they are especially good with a refreshing sparkling wine.
2004 Louis Roederer Cristal Brut
Champagne's first prestige cuvée is still one of its greatest, showcasing an incredible balance of full-bodied richness and taut, chalky minerality.
Pairing: Oysters Rockefeller
NV Simmonet-Febvre Brut
White wines from the Chablis region boast a hallmark minerality that is clearly on display in this invigoratingly brisk, dry, pear-scented sparkler.
NV Domaine Vigneau-Chevreau Brut
Just as Champagne pairs well with caviar, so does sparkling Vouvray, which is a bit richer and fruitier.