By Antoine du Rocher
LOS ANGELES, 15 MAY 2011 In French culture, Champagne is
considered "le vin de célébration." Almost any occasion will do: en
apéritif at a dinner party, to enhance a discreet flirt at a chic
gallery opening or club, or simply "une coupe" to smooth the path for a
late night rendez-vous at home. That said, few human rituals benefit from
the heady joy of a great Champagne as the wedding. Here are a few
simple tips and pairing suggestions for traditional wedding festivities.
The Shower The pink color and light, fruity flavor
of a delicious rosé Champagne pairs perfectly with subtle cheeses, smoked
salmon, fruit salad, and many other hors d'oeuvres. Plus, a half
bottle makes a lovely party favor.
The Bachelor or Bachelorette Party For your last
night of freedom, why not liven up your celebration with a rich, full
bodied Blanc de Noirs style Champagne? This Champagne is made using only
black grapes and pairs well with full-flavored foods perfect to get the
party started. Also, be generous, offer a boxed bottle to the stripper as
a party favor.
The Rehearsal Dinner It can
be hard to please a room full of family who barely know one another, but a
non-vintage Brut Champagne pairs well with almost anything and can help
the evening go smoothly.
Photo: Jean-Philippe/SIPA Press
The Reception On your wedding day, theres no more
perfect wine for toasts than Blanc de Blancs Champagne. The name literally
means "white of whites," a perfect wine for the sometimes long-winded
toasts by the friends of the groom. This delicate Champagne is made from
only Chardonnay grapes and has a light, dry flavor. It is an excellent
wine for dancing.
The Honeymoon When youre finally alone with your
beloved, share a rare Vintage Champagne, only made in years that produce
the highest quality grapes. These wines have been aged for a minimum of
three years before they are released.
Still, whichever Champagne you choose, make sure it is genuine.
Champagne is produced exclusively from the grapes of Champagne, France,
and under strict rules designed to ensure quality. And while there are
many other wonderful sparkling wines made around the world, Champagne only
comes from Champagne.
Antoine du Rocher is Managing Editor of
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