Not just for toasting
While you may think of Champagne as just for toasting, experts point out that it can actually be quite food-friendly.
“Champagnes with a higher proportion of Chardonnay in their blends -- such as the signature style of Champagne Taittinger -- can be particularly versatile when it comes to food pairings,” says sommelier Belinda Chang.
“Every self-respecting foodie and wine geek knows to pair Champagne with a towering icy plateau of shellfish like chilled lobster, crab and oysters,” she says. “But you can get a lot more creative than that.”
To help you expand your Champagne-pairing palate, Chang is offering four of her favorite suggestions.