When these Western sparkling wines are paired with these dishes, they bring out the best in each other and are sure to enhance not just your New Year’s meal but your New Year as a whole.

New Year’s Eve Wine Pairings: Bubbles and Dishes to Impress Your Friends
Copyright © 2021 by Erin Scott. Reprinted with permission from "Wine Style: Discover the Wines You Will Love Through 50 Simple Recipes" by Kate Leahy, copyright © 2021. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House.
Chilled smoked salmon spaghetti with capers and avocado pairs well with sparkling rosé or Champagne.

There’s no understating how much the right wine pairing can elevate a meal. A good pairing can help cleanse your palate, enhance the flavors of a dish, or balance out some of the more rich or overpowering flavors. A good wine pairing is important at any dinner, but especially at a celebration.

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New Year’s Eve is a spectacular celebration of one year and a welcoming of the next, with top-quality drinks paired with delicious food. Most years, those top-quality drinks would be glasses of Champagne. But there is a looming Champagne shortage that is already driving Champagne prices up. So recently, we recommended a selection of sparkling wines made here in the West that are great substitutes for traditional Champagne.

Our selection included a variety of sparkling wines, from dry sparkling whites to fruity Rosés to smooth sparkling reds. Now we’ve taken a few of those wines and paired them with some of our favorite recipes, so you can impress this New Year’s Eve with a new wine beautifully paired with a delicious dish. And we have pairings for all tastes.

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For a lighter appetizer, serve a sparkling Rosé with chilled pasta and smoked salmon. Or, you can step away from typical New Year’s wines and pair a sparkling red with a serving of creamy deviled eggs. If you’re looking to stay traditional with your wine, the classic dry sparkling wine goes nicely with a well-seasoned, well-roasted tenderloin.

Whatever your tastes, once you’ve found your pairing, enjoy the festivities of the evening and enjoy how much the pairing enhances your dish. Check out some of our recommendations for bubbly-dish pairings below.


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