Bubbles or nothing

Sarah Gamboni
11 November, 2015

Out to impress this party season? To take your entertaining game to the next level, we’ve teamed up with our friends at Halliday Wine Companion to share tips on matching sparkling wines to a range of show-stopping canapes.

Italian accent

Mini fritto misto cones

Add Italian flare to your drinks party with aperitivi of fritto misto and prosecco. Served with a zippy salsa verde, these cones of salty, golden-fried seafood are sure to be crowd-pleasers. Easy-drinking prosecco is the ideal partner, as the crisp acidity cuts through the fat. 

Wine match: De Bortoli Prosecco, $18, debortoli.com.au

De Bortoli Prosecco

Twist on tradition

Oysters with red chill nahm jim

We all know that oysters and Champagne go hand in hand, but for an Australian take on this timeless marriage, team Martin Boetz’s zesty Thai-style oysters with a local sparkling wine made in the traditional method.  

Wine match: Nepenthe Prestige Cuvée Chardonnay Pinot Noir, $20, nepenthe.com.au
Nepenthe Sparkling Prestige Cuvee

Classic match

Blinis with smoked salmon

Richer seafood canapés, such as these smoked salmon blinis, cry out for a sparkling with a bit of bottle age. The toasty, brioche characters and extra palate weight of Australia’s most exclusive sparkling wine are more than up to the task of these opulent little bites.

Wine match: 1998 House of Arras 20th Anniversary Late Disgorged, $350, houseofarras.com.au

House of Arras

Coming up rosé

Mushroom pate

For meatier finger foods, such as peking duck pancakes or this lusty mushroom paté, sparkling rosé is where it’s at, mixing berry fruits on the nose with a full-bodied palate.

Wine match: Taltarni Taché sparkling rosé, $24, taltarni.com.au

Taltarni Tache

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