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Apr 5, 2013 07:10 AM

Foods that do not pair with Sparkling white wine?

I keep seeing Champagne and Beaujolais offered as pairings with every conceivable food.

It made me wonder...what are the anti-pairings for Champagne? What about anti-pairings for Beaujolais?

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  1. For me, Beaujolais does not pair well with Italian-American tomato sauces.

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    1. re: penthouse pup

      au contrare. i think that depends more on the bojo. there is a lot of simple bojo but there is also some incredible stuff. not too much tho. just sayin'.

      1. re: jock

        The OP's question concerned which foods DO NOT pair with Beaujolais (cru or not)--and IMO, conventional tomato-based sauces do not work well. My response has nothing to do with love/hate -- I just bought a bottle of Roillette Fleurie 2011 yesterday. I am a card-carrying aficionado of Beaujolais.

        1. re: penthouse pup

          I agree. I don't like gamay or pinot nor with acidic red sauces. I have friends who always bring Burgundy to an Italian restaurant and I don't think it works at all with the red sauces. It's fine with fish and steaks. I've never said anything.
          To the OP, I don't think sparkling wine would go well with barbecue or hearty stews.

          1. re: SteveTimko

            I actually had BBQ recently with a French75 and it worked well. Of course there are bitters and citrus and all that but I sort of enjoy the bubbles too.

    2. Beaujolais does not get anywhere near the love it deserves. There is so much crap out there that causes it to be dismissed by many.

      The cru Beaujolais, especially, can be remarkable and with amazing variety. If you can find one, try a Morgon from Jean Foillard, It will blow your mind.

      It may take some searching but I think you can find a Beaujolais that will pair with almost anything.

      1. I would not like most hot winter-type soups with sparkling wine/champagne. ie: Kale, Navy Bean, cream of tomato, chicken and dumpling, chili. Maybe with some cold soups like cucumber or melon.

        I rarely drink most beaujolais' with meals, is that odd? I like with lighter appetizers and enjoy most in the spring/summer.

        1. Just last night I was just saying to the server who was opening our bottle of Foillard Côte du Py Morgon that it goes with everything. (At least for 2011s, I prefer the P-U-R from the same vineyard.)

          I guess some very acidic dishes that might work with a tart Vouvray, Savennières, Grüner Veltliner, or the like would not be good with Champagne or Beaujolais.

          1. I have found that Beaujolais does not pair well with sweet desserts. I would probably also not pair it with spicy hot Thai dishes.

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            1. re: Fowler

              Does any dry wine pair well with sweet desserts?

              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                >>>Does any dry wine pair well with sweet desserts?<<<

                Perhaps start your own thread with that query, Robert Lauriston.

                1. re: Fowler

                  My point is that dry wines in general don't pair well with sweets, so that's not really anything specific to Beaujolais.