We wouldn’t have guessed it, but apparently one of the best foods to eat while you’re enjoying a glass of Champagne is french fries!
While you might assume that a flute of the bubbly stuff calls for only the most highbrow food pairings … well, you’d be wrong. At least according to Marie-Christine Osselin, Moët & Chandon’s wine quality and communication manager. The wine expert told The Drinks Business during an interview at a 2018 Moët & Chandon wine dinner hosted at the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong hotel that she believes french fries are one of the very best foods to pair with champagne.
It’s all because the saltiness and crunchiness of the fries complements the bubbles of the drink.
“Champagne is a wine that asks for simple ingredients, no more than three,” she explained.
And lest you think this is something only one wine expert contends, Marie-Christine is hardly the first one to suggest this pairing. Food & Wine editor Ray Isle heartily agrees.
“I’ve been saying this for years, as have many, many sommeliers,” he explained. “Basically, salt and fat plus high acid and bubbles equals a great combo. Fries, potato chips … fried pork rinds would work too. But I don’t think you’re going to get the folks at Moët to suggest pairing their champagne with fried pork rinds — that’s too down-home for them, for sure.”
So there you have it! Feel free to enjoy this supposed “junk food” with a glass of the good stuff.
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