strawberries in champagne?
is it okay to put a strawberry at the bottom of the champagne glass if we are doing a tasting? or will this change the taste of the champagne?
we have a variety of sparkling that we are tasting, the first is a true brut champagne, I think most people will not like this as much (except myself and a couple others), so I plan to pour smaller glasses of this, then offer more if it is enjoyed.
thought is might be nice to have the strawberry at the bottom of this one, since it is our first and since it will be a small pour.
Speaking from a French perspective (I went to school for 7
years in Reims, the capital of Champagne in France)
champagne and strawberries are a bizarre combination.
Champagne is supposed to be light and delicate. Strawberries
on the other hand are a rather dull and watery fruit. How could
they combine well? Besides champagne glasses are designed so that
the CO2 release will be very gradual. If you put strawberries in the glass,
you augment the surface to which bubbles can attach and release,
so the wine will go flat much faster.
However, champagne and strawberry mixes are not that uncommon in the cuisine classique. As an example: Fraises des bois au champagne à la Cussy:
( Named after Louis, Marquis de Cussy (1766-1837), chief steward of the emperor's household under both Napoleon I and Louis XVIII.)
no one is preventing anyone from putting strawberries in Champagne, if that's what they really want to do. We're just suggesting it might not be a delicious combination.
Frankly, the only wine I can imagine the strawberries enhancing is Maiwein, which is a light Liebfraumilch. It tastes like not much in the first place, so the strawberries can't hurt anything.......