Champagne - A Sparkling Addition to the Christmas Feast

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korbelChampagne.jpgChristmas brings families together, and the Christmas meal - whether Christmas dinner or Christmas brunch - ranks right up there with the gifts as one of the day's special highlights. Pairing that delicious Christmas feast with a wine equally delicious is easy and will make the meal a true celebration - just add champagne.

Champagne's reputation as a "special occasion" wine means many never discover champagne's compatibility and versatility with food. Brut champagne - with its bright acidity, tiny amount of residual sugar and lively sparkle - complements traditional Christmas dinners beautifully; from main courses like glazed ham, roast turkey, salmon, roast goose and chicken to side dishes like casseroles, mashed potatoes, brussel sprouts and sweet potatoes.

Which brut champagne should you serve with Christmas dinner?  One that combines quality and value always is a good choice. Korbel Brut California Champagne offers elegant fruit, imperceptible sweetness and a crisp, balanced finish - it's as wonderful with food as it is all by itself. Readily available and readily affordable, Korbel Brut makes buying champagne for Christmas dinner a snap and assures there will plenty to go around.

Christmas brunch also pairs nicely with champagne, but here the champagne options expand. While omelets, lox, quiche and crepes with mushroom filling match well with brut champagne, brunch options like fruit salad, waffles with powdered sugar, and crepes with fruit or ricotta cheese filling demand slightly sweeter - extra dry or sec - champagnes. Korbel Extra Dry California Champagne and Korbel Blanc de Noirs California Champagne offer just the right touch of extra sweetness for these dishes. Both of these Korbel California champagnes also may be used to make a delightful mimosa.

Last, but not least, there is sweet champagne to enjoy as dessert. The selection of these sweet champagnes is limited, but Korbel Sweet Cuvee California Champagne is one of the easiest to find. Fresh, fruity and sweet, it provides a tasty finish to either Christmas dinner or Christmas brunch.           

Established in 1882, Korbel Champagne Cellars produces the United States' most popular methode champenoise champagne. Owned and managed by the Heck family since 1954, Korbel currently makes 11 champagnes and a small amount of still wine. In a separate facility, Korbel also produces one of the country's most respected brandies.
Celebrate responsibly.

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