This year, if you’ve been tasked with hosting a NYE party for friends and family, or simply want to show off your new and improved bar cart, chances are that you’re already busy planning. Nothing says New Year’s Eve like a bottle of bubbly and some good ol’ finger food. But if you’re not sure what to pair with all of those affordable bottles of Prosecco you picked up, it’s easy to get stuck in a party planning rut. Thankfully, the experts at Franciacorta are lending their expertise so that you can make your guests’ palates sing. May Matta-Aliah, Franciacorta Educational Ambassador, offers up three bubbles and grub pairings that are guaranteed to wow.
Brut and Calamari
Try: Ca’ del Bosco, Cuvée Presitge Brut, NV
Described as, “a delicious Franciacorta from one of the jewel wineries of the region, Ca’ del Bosco,” this blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Nero, and Pinot Bianco pairs beautifully with calamari fritti and a sweet roasted pepper dip. The acidity and richness counter each other perfectly, Matta-Aliah explains. The bubbly ages for 28 months in cellars, where it develops its texture and rich flavor.
Rosé and Charcuterie
Try: Berlucchi, ‘61 Rosé, NV With its soft pink hue, this wine draws you in before you even have a sip. A blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, it offers notes of red berry and herbs, which makes this the perfect partner in taste for a charcuterie board, she says. It also serves well with a seafood salad (think shrimp or lobster) on cucumber rounds.
Satèn and Comfort Food
Try: Mosnel, Satèn Millesimato 2012 Satèn is a style of sparkling wine unique to Franciacorta. This wine is bottled at a lower pressure than the others and develops a satin-like texture of gentle bubbles that are always elegant and never aggressive, says Matta-Aliah. It has matured for an extended period of time in the cellars, gaining complexity and depth of flavor. Pair this with arancini di riso (Sicilian rice balls) stuffed with mozzarella cheese or taleggio for more of a flavor punch–marinara sauce optional.