Name a match made in heaven… would Fish and chips with Champagne come to mind? We learned a few things in our WSET Level 1 and Level 2 Award in Wine classes, but one of my favorite (we have many) takeaways was this: Fish and Chips with Champagne! And not just any Champagne, but Dom Pérignon.
There’s a place in Kelowna called Broken Anchor, formerly known as the Table Cafe at Codfathers. And speaking of Codfathers, they are this amazing family-owned seafood market. They are very focused on sustainable fishing, and this is where we pick up all our seafood like halibut, lingcod, steelhead trout, spot prawns(!), the list goes on. Back to Broken Anchor, they make the best fish and chips. I think the secret is in their gluten-free batter. It’s different from any batter we’ve had before and it’s wonderful.
We always order halibut. The batter is light with the best crunch, the fries are plentiful, and the tartar sauce is divine. As you can guess, fish and chips are a rather rich meal so you need a wine that can cut through the oil. White wines like a crisp Sauvignon Blanc would do well, or anything with a lot of citrus notes. You want something with enough body to hold its weight against the food. However, once we tried pairing fish and chips with Champagne, we never looked back.
Champagne has a lot of acidity in it, which helps to cut through the oil in the batter and chips. We had picked up a bottle of 2010 Dom Perignon Champagne to celebrate a special occasion and asked ourselves what could we pair with it for dinner. It took moments for us to decide on fish and chips. We opened it up before we ate, so we could enjoy the Champagne by itself before we got it involved with the food.
The Dom Perignon was one of the best Champagnes we’ve ever tasted. Dry, with brioche and apple on the nose. On the palate, it was full-bodied with more apple, citrus, and blossom with a nice long finish. It was perfect to enjoy on its own and absolutely divine with our fish and chips. This combo is going into permanent rotation for celebrating special occasions for a long, looong time.
Have you tried this combo before? What are your thoughts on fish and chips with Champagne?