Nothing screams celebration like popping the cork on a beautiful bottle of Champagne. Here at Stowe Mountain Lodge we pop bottles for everything from 20th wedding anniversaries to surviving Mondays. The holidays are the season where the bubbles should flow like water around your table. There are no wrong answers when it comes to choosing your bottle or choosing your pairing. Champagne is produced from your favorite grapes, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and the unheralded Pinot Meunier. The limestone soils in Champagne lend a crisp minerality that balances perfectly with the rich, yeasty body that traditional secondary fermentation gives these wines. We’re hoping that you’re planning on spending some time with us in Hourglass or Solstice over the next few weeks and if you are, we’d recommend you check out some of these dishes and Champagnes with your meal!
Sushi/oysters with Duval-Leroy Brut
Ice cold, raw fish and shellfish with the crisp effervescence of Champagne is probably my favorite pairing the world. The acidity of the Duval-Leroy just highlights the rich flavor of fresh fish and starts your palette for a perfect night.
Moet & Chandon Brut Rose
This is a little contrary to common wisdom but will make you the star of the table. The rich, full bodied Moet & Chandon in addition to the rose's fruitiness accents many of the dishes on the Solstice Menu.
Ding Dong Cake with 2004 Veuve Cliquot "La Grande Dame"
If you're going to go all out to celebrate this year, pull no punches. Our insanely decadent house made chocolate cake is the perfect foil to the rich, buttery 2004 "La Grande Dame". Your New Year's resolutions don't start tomorrow anyways.
Stay tuned for the next edition for all the finest wine pairing choices!
- Tim Wallace