To pair or not to pair…Fish ‘n’ Chips with Champagne

“Are you sure? It’s just fish ‘n’ chips!!”

Those were my friend’s exact words when she invited me over for a Friday evening filled with fun, frivolity and most of all…drum roll pleases…fish ‘n’ chips! We call it Fish ‘n’ Chip Friday in our house. The actual thought of escaping the routine ketchup stains, screaming voices and greasy fingerprints of my own lively household, left me, for some reason, with a desire to not only spend some quality time with my friend but to also deviate from the norm and mark this as THE FISH ‘N’ CHIP FRIDAY that will go down in history. What better way to mark the occasion than with a bit of bubbly…Champagne to be precise.

“I’m absolutely sure! We’re celebrating the chance to see each other (after spending months apart due to Lockdown) and besides, I’ve heard (through the grapevine) that Champagne is the perfect pairing with fish ‘n’ chips.”

Enough with justifying my pairing…I was ready to pop open my lovely bottle of Paul Dethune Extra Brut Gran Cru Champagne blanc de noir from Ambonnay, France and stuff my face…oh sorry…indulge in some damn good battered fish ‘n’ chips.

Does the utter thought of pairing fish ‘n’ chips with Champagne make you shudder with dismay? Okay…stop right there, you wine snob, you!!! Or are you a bit more of a free spirit, willing to take a risk and dive into the unknown? Well, first of all, I hope you approach this pairing with the latter mindset, as I think that this could quite possibly be another perfect pairing.

It’s well known that battered fish ‘n’ chips are wonderfully indulgent and filled with flavours of bread, sea salt and savoury fish goodness that simply can’t be ignored. Quite possibly the reason we’ve christened a weeknight dinner in honour of this dish! On the other hand, Champagne is highly acidic and filled with uplifting bubbles. The contrasts between the two couldn’t be more clear. Heavy vs light. Champagne’s effervescence and high acidity work together to give your palate a well deserved and refreshing break from the fish ‘n’ chips’ heavy, greasy punch. Despite their differences, the similarities in flavours just can’t be ignored. The fish ‘n’ chip batter offers breaded, toasted notes, that are reflected yet also extended when paired with this Champagne’s expressive notes of toast, yeast, honeysuckle, subtle raspberry, nuts and honey.

Wow!! All that from fish ‘n’ chips with Champagne. Impressive!! Your palate will have thoroughly enjoyed the journey and you won’t think twice again about this ‘shocking’ yet logical pairing.

Oh and let’s just say the evening was a success…empty plates and an empty bottle.

No complaints and no wine snobs!