Caviar is one of the most expensive foods you can buy. While it is fish eggs from the Sturgeon fish (fish eggs from any other fish is called Roe), it never should taste fishy. Instead, expect a full-bodied taste with iodine notes, and a smooth and creamy texture with hints of almond and hazelnut, followed by a long finish.
As Caviar is best enjoyed out of a non-metal spoon as is, or on a piece of toast, it is best enjoyed with beverages that lean on the neutral side, which complement its flavours, and don’t run the risk of overpowering them. We found that Champagne Blanc De Blancs, chilled Vodka and Pilsner Beer are the best pairings. Grüner Veltliner and Graves White Wine are also excellent choices, although they will steal away some of the flavours you may love from this indulgent food.
Blanc de Blancs Champagne and Caviar
Caviar should always taste fresh, nutty and creamy and should never have a fishy aspect to it. Thus, you don’t need a fruity beverage to help swift the fishy notes away. Instead, you want a beverage that cleanses the palate between each rich bite, and a dry Champagne is up for the task as the bubbles whisk the oily texture of the Caviar away.
Blanc de Blancs Champagne is made with 100% Chardonnay grapes, and the way it is fermented, it tends to complement the flavour profile of Caviar. Here you’ll find a wine that is creamy on the palate and tasting of almond or hazelnut. This produces the perfect harmony when served with Caviar. A Blanc de Blancs Champagne also has toasty notes, which mirror that of any toast or bread that may accompany your Caviar.
While all Champagne will work with Caviar, a dry Blanc de Blancs is the finest choice. If it isn’t in your budget, always go for the driest Champagne or Sparkling wine you can find. Champagne, that is a touch sweet Champagne that is a touch sweet, will prove to be intrusive and will taste a bit metallic when pitted against Caviar.
Vodka and Caviar Pairing
Chilled Vodka has a certain oily texture that sets up the palate perfectly to taste Caviar. In between bites, a sip of Vodka strips away the richness of Caviar and prepares each taste bud to fully bathe in the creamy caviar glory. The saltiness of the Caviar also brightens up the vodka and lets you enjoy flavours in this beverage that you may have never noticed before.
Vodka’s vary in that some act as a palate cleanser, while other Vodkas have subtle flavours that complement Caviar. Chopin Vodka, for example, has a bit of a peppery taste that helps bring out the earthy and mineral characters you’ll find in Caviar.
Pilsner and Caviar Pairing
Not everyone is a hard spirits type of person, and Champagne can be downright expensive. This doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your Caviar in style though as Pilsner beer makes a near perfect pairing. Well-brewed Pilsner has a buttery character from the malt, which will make the Caviar seem even richer, and the saltiness of the Caviar will liven up a Pilsner even further.
Grüner Veltliner with Caviar
Grüner Veltliner is a white wine that features white flower, orange rind, apricot, green apple and peppery herbs. We find the peppery taste helps bring out the salty minerality in Caviar, while the acidic orange rind and green apple flavours clears the creaminess so you finish with both the wine and Caviar flavours with each bite.
Graves Wine & Caviar
Graves is a Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon blend that produces a powerful, round and lively white wine. Imagine a floral but fruity nose, with flavours of grapefruit, tropical fruit, white flowers, juniper, beeswax and roasted nuts.
Why Graves is such a hit with Caviar is that the mild herbaceous and zesty grapefruit flavours offset the salinity of the Caviar. This allows your senses to dive deeper into the subtle flavours of both the wine and the Caviar.
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