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Ania Smolec 22/12/2016

Find the ideal sparkling wine for every occasion and meal

Celebrating with sparkling wine, uncorking bubbles for a party, the New Year’s toast with sparks in the glass, are just commonplaces. I assure you that sparkling wines can accompany you throughout the year. I invite you to discover different occasions and the best pairings with several recipes.

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Celebrating with sparkling wine, uncorking bubbles for a party, the New Year’s toast with sparks in the glass, are just commonplaces. I assure you that sparkling wines can accompany you throughout the year. I invite you to discover different occasions and the best pairings with several recipes.

A romantic date

It does not matter if it is the first date or a dinner after many years of marriage. Toasting while looking into the eyes of a beloved one always awakens the same emotions.

An excellent meal and a good wine raises this meeting tête à tête, especially when it comes to the first date. There is no case. We are always nervous. That’s why a glass of wine helps to relax the environment and see life with other eyes.

Depending on the menu, you can choose a red, a white or a rosé wine, but also a sparkling. This style of wine not only gives a special touch to the occasion, but its lower alcohol content keeps us alert and lively. Thus we avoid being sleepy during the dessert, as it could happen after several glasses of a wine of intense body.

If you wish to eat red meat, such as a delicious fillet carpaccio, choose the more firm and complex Subercaseaux Grande Cuvée. But if you prefer a fish, like an elegant sole with a classic lemon sauce, uncork Subercaseaux Extra Brut. Do not forget that sparkling wines can be served with a wide variety of dishes.

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Picnic with the family

How great is to grab a blanket and a basket full of food and invite family and friends to spend a day in contact with nature! For those of us who live in big cities, an outdoor meal is a great occasion. Children can play and adults simply get rid of the stress accumulated during the week.

If this party is organized in a short time, or you just wish to take a single type of wine for your entire menu, I recommend a sparkling wine, such as Casillero del Diablo Devil’s Collection Brut. This wine is a good companion for sandwiches with cold cuts, pasta salads or potatoes, grilled chicken and even salty pancakes.

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Good news

A marriage proposal, a promotion at work, a winning project or an approved examination with honors. All of them are good news and worth sharing with the people nearby. These occasions deserve a toast with a delicious and fresh sparkling wine, which will multiply our joy. I recommend Casillero del Diablo Devil’s Collection Brut. Its citrus notes and precious bubbles sparkle and add a touch of luxury to the special moments.

Watching a match or movie with friends

Some of you will probably think that I am ignorant and I do not know that a real man does not separate himself from his beer when he sees a game of football, basketball or any other sport with “ball”.

But I’m sure that a lot of those men love to snack on a meal while the ball goes around the court. Even if it’s fast food; rich French fries or homemade chicken nuggets go very well with a sparkling wine. I remind you that the acidity of these wines is like a knife that cuts the fat from the fried food and its bubbles clean and refresh the palate.

And if you are sport fans, but at the same time you love gourmet food, perhaps you can prepare some oysters or sandwiches with foie gras or serrano ham for your friends. I assure you that -again- a sparkling as Casillero del Diablo Devil’s Collection Brut is the answer in terms of pairing. If your team wins, you can celebrate with a glass of sparkling wine, and if it loses … the penalty passes faster with bubbles.

We women, when we get together with friends to see a romantic comedy, we feel the same emotions as you do when you see a match. And a glass of sparkling wine is the perfect choice to refresh this cliché.

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Long weekend at the beach

A long weekend at the beach means late breakfasts, almost like brunches, fresh lunches with seafood, dinner with grilled fish, good music and lots of sea breeze. A sparkling wine like Subercaseaux Extra Brut has everything for those moments: rich acidity, delicious notes of fruit and minerals, complexity, creaminess and perfect bubbles.

This wine is a classic, and with the classics you can create divine pairings: at the time of a brunch, pancakes with Camembert cheese and strawberries; for lunch, Nicoise salad with anchovies; and for the evening, enjoying the sunset and listening to the wind and seagulls with an exquisite grilled salmon.

Next to fireplace in the mountains

I love winter getaways to the mountains. It’s not that I’m a ski champion or anything like that, but I really like that cozy and friendly atmosphere of a log cabin. Sitting near a fireplace fire with my family, it’s time for long conversations, good books and obviously tasty food.

For me, there’s nothing better than a cheese board: goat cheese, a soft cheese like Brie, mature cheese with a delicious touch of salty and umami, or simply a good buttery one. My wine selection always leans over sparkling wines. To feel the environment even more welcoming, I recommend Subercaseaux Grande Cuvée, a very elegant and traditional sparkling wine with a great bouquet and complexity of flavors.

As you can see, a sparkling wine serves a wide variety of occasions. Do not believe in myths and commonplaces. It’s not just a New Year’s wine or for big celebrations. It is a daily companion that gives us freshness, emotions and great culinary discoveries