Champagne, the Perfect Mate
Ah, Champagne. For me, there is nothing quite like it. And nothing better. I could drink champagne every single day of my life and never tire of it. And if not for my budget and my liver, I probably would do so. So instead, I preach the gospel of champagne to anyone who will listen. And my message is clear; drink champagne all year.
The summer wedding season is about to begin. There will also be a host of graduation ceremonies over the next two months. So get ready to hear that wonderful, sweet, distinctive sound of champagne corks popping. I don’t think champagne deserves to be labeled worthy of opening only for New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Day or reserved for only the most special of occasions. I doubt the champagne house sales rep gush as much about champagne as I do.
So why should you drink champagne? And why do I love it so much? It’s simple. Champagne is the perfect date/mate. You can bring it to a party and won’t have to worry about it not fitting in since it matches flawlessly with any food or occasion. Also, due to champagne’s varying styles, it is like a well-rounded date who can hold her/his own during a conversation on any number of topics.
You won’t have to stress about champagne engaging in inappropriate behavior at the company party. Champagne knows how to mingle and hold its own. So you can return to work on Monday morning without fear of reprisal from your boss or HR.
In addition, champagne is produced in varying levels of sweetness, which helps to support my claim that it’s a perfect date, I mean drink. This allows for some wonderful pairings with a wide variety of foods.
Start your meal with an appetizer, move on to a soup, then savor your main course. Next comes the dessert; and if you are really having an over-the-top, decadent meal then finish with a cheese course. With each of these courses, champagne is a faithful companion, adding food-pleasing elements such as acidity, balance, crispness, body and of course off-the-hook flavor.
So whenever you are unsure of what you should serve with a meal, reach for a bottle of good ol’ champagne or at the very least a bottle of Cava or sparkling wine. When you drink champagne, the world magically becomes better. So, don’t be surprised if you fall madly in love (with champagne). And don’t say I didn’t warn you.