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Champagne Soup, Anyone? A Wine Food Pairing Treat!

Apr 1, 2008
How about wine food pairing all in one bowl?

Imagine the heat and humidity of summer. What could be better than to invite a few friends over to cool off with a chilled champagne soup with sun ripened mangoes? An impromptu party is always a good way to raise the spirits! If you have a mango tree in the neighborhood that supplies you with fresh fruit, so much the better. These kind of informal parties are always the BEST!

Try to use a crisp, dry sparkling wine that has a soft, smooth flavor as this pairs well with the sweet tree ripened mango. Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut is my favorite, but you could also use your own personal favorite. This presentation never fails to impress even the most jaded of guests. Served in your best crystal bowls and you will be vying for the next best hostess award!

Pair the soup with warm from the oven croissants and fresh creamery butter, what could be better. Many times I cheat with the croissants and use the dough from the tube and just pop them in the oven as the guests arrive . The best part is they only take a few minutes to bake.

For this special occasion, you should definitely bring out your cloth napkins. This, along with a centerpiece of freshly cut flowers arranged in your favorite vase will set the tone for your classic get together. Does this take hours to prepare? I think not, but I will not tell!

Dessert? What about dessert? Big, juicy strawberries are always available this time of year and what could be better than to dip them in a melted healthy dark chocolate? Carefully melt your chocolate in a double boiler or water bath and be sure to leave the stem on to use as a handle. Taking care to not burn yourself, gently dip the luscious berry into the melted chocolate and place on waxed paper to cool off, then chill in the fridge. This is great to do up a day ahead of time and have them ready for party day! You may have so much fun with this you might even ask Santa for a chocolate fountain come Christmas time.

You will definitely want to pair chocolate with a red wine. For the dark chocolate dipped strawberries try a Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot from Concha y Toro. This Chilean wine is bold enough to stand up to the dark chocolate and bring out the best in both the wine and the dessert. YUM!

What about a great cup of coffee for your guests before they leave? This is always a thoughtful gesture and the Austrians invented a coffee beverage hundreds of years ago that really kicked coffee up a notch. A melange is a fifty-fifty mix of coffee and milk stirred up into a foamy top. This delightful beverage is served on a silver tray in most Austrian coffee houses along with a glass of sparkling mineral water. Garnished with a slice of lemon, it makes for a wonderful presentation. Polish up all your garage sale finds of silver and crystal and be sure to set a festive table. Your items do not even have to match.

Wine Food Pairing is not difficult. With just a bit of pre-planning you can show your guests what a terrific host/hostess you are and enjoy the party right along with your friends! CHEERS!
About the Author
Denise Clarke is passionate about Wine food pairing. Stop by her blog to enjoy her escapades of wine food pairing, and learn basic wine knowledge
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