Food Suggestions

The following dishes go well with Champagne Chartogne-Taillet Cuvée Sainte Anne NV (CH1821)

Avocado with Prawns

Avocado with Prawns

This retro classic calls for light dry wines such as Muscadet or sauvignon from the Loire or New Zealand or South Africa. Dry sauvignon-semillon blends would work well as would Italian pinot grigio.
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Cheese Straws

Cheese Straws

While not a classic dish as such, we do have a recipe for using up off-cuts from the cheeseboard. A stylish aperitif to serve with Champagne or your best bottles of sparkling wine.
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Gougere

Gougere

The classic Burgundian aperitif snack of gruyère filled choux pastry is often served with a glass of fizz to guests on arrival. In Burgundy the fizz will sometimes have a dash of cassis liqueur to make the traditional kir royale but just as often a glass of chilled white or even light red Burgundy is served. A classy dry white Bordeaux or pinot gris from Alsace or New Zealand would be perfect too.
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Oysters

Oysters

A chilled glass of Champagne or Fino would be a good match here. Alsace riesling and Loire sauvignon blanc are also classic partners; equally good is Picpoul de Pinet from the Languedoc, or try an English white for a change.
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Rillettes de la Mer

Rillettes de la Mer

A rough-textured, simple-to-assemble stylish starter that makes use of left over smoked salmon pieces and poached whole salmon. It works particularly well with Alsace or dryish German riesling, but can be just as good with rosés or even served as canapés with Champagne or sparkling wine.
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Crab

Crab

Rich tasting whites from chardonnay, viognier or semillon cut through the rather assertive flavour of crab meat well. White Rioja, particularly in the traditional style can be wonderful.
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Fish and Chips

Fish and Chips

Go easy on the salt and vinegar and opt instead for zingy sauvignon blanc to provide the perfect foil.
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Fresh Salmon

Fresh Salmon

Fresh dry whites from the Loire or dry Alsace Riesling are stylish partners. Softer, fragrant reds such as those from pinot noir would also work well. Sparkling wines are good, fresh accompaniments as well as are crisp rosés.
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Lobster

Lobster

Lobster for most of us is a luxury food and its sweet flesh deserves the best bottles be it Champagne, creamy chardonnay or Graves-style sauvignon-semillon. Whites from the northern Rhône with their scented fruit make a particularly good match.
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Smoked salmon

Smoked salmon

Spicy gewürztraminer is a natural choice to partner smoked salmon, but rich, ripe white Burgundy works well too. Champagne or good sparkling wines are successful marriages as well.
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Sole

Sole

Sole goes well with richer styles of white wine such as white Burgundy or New World chardonnay, the soft, buttery flavours of the wine complementing the fish. Italian whites, and even Champagne, work well alongside too.
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