Host a Food & Cap Classique Pairing Party at Home

Words: Robyn Samuels

The only thing better than bubbly is bubbly paired with food. While delicious any time of year and at any occasion, there’s just something about drinking Cap Classique during the festive season that makes it that more dazzling. If you’re hosting family and friends, and in need of recipe inspiration, we’ve created a Cap Classique pairing guide for your festive celebrations. Think of this as your personal bubbly bible, and guide your dinner party guests through a food and Cap Classique paired party in the comfort of your own home.

Savoury Food & Cap Classique Pairings

Enjoy canapés and seafood dishes paired with a Cap Classique or non-alcoholic sparkling.

Smoked Trout Salad with Horseradish Cream & Avocado Crema

Sparkling wine is for all, teetotalers included. Allure De-alcoholised Sparkling pairs exceptionally well with this Smoked Trout Salad. The delicate flavours and smokiness of the trout are complemented by the crisp lime flavours in this de-alcoholised wine, which contains less than 0.5% ABV. It’s also low in calories and vegan-friendly.

Pairing: Allure De-alcoholised Sparkling
Recipe for Smoked Trout Salad with Horseradish Cream & Avocado Crema

Turkish Eggs

Hosting brunch with the gals? Instead of mimosas, why not serve an elegant brunch with a sensational non-alcoholic sparkling wine. Topped with spiced brown butter and pistachios, the flavours in this dish pair well with the citrus notes of Allure De-alcoholised Sparkling.

Pairing: Allure De-alcoholised Sparkling
Recipe for Turkish Eggs

Crayfish with Mint & Dill Salsa Verde

Treat your guests to a sumptuous dinner party, and start off with delicious crayfish topped with a refreshing salsa verde. Classic flavours come together in the perfect pairing with Krone Night Nectar Blanc de Blancs. Flavours of lime and a palate that’s zingy and fresh – it’s the ideal to complement to this seafood dish.

This vintage Cap Classique was made with Chardonnay grapes and hand-harvested under the light of the night sky.

Pairing: Krone Night Nectar 2018 Blanc De Blancs
Recipe for Crayfish with Mint & Dill Salsa Verde

Fresh Oysters with Caviar & Pickled Ginger Vinaigrette

If you’re hosting an elevated party, oysters paired with Cap Classique is an impressive start. Guests will enjoy this delightful delicacy and palate-cleansing pairing. Stone fruit and citrus notes complement the oysters topped with caviar and a pickled ginger vinaigrette.

Pairing: Krone Night Nectar Blanc De Blancs 2018
Recipe for Fresh Oysters with Caviar & Pickled Ginger Vinaigrette

Pan-fried Chorizo Butter Prawns

Deliciously charred pan-fried prawns are cooked in a smoky chorizo-infused butter. Brioche notes in this Ultra Brut make it the ideal pairing. This dish takes only under thirty minutes to cook, meaning you get to delight in the company of friends and family.

Pairing: Graham Beck Ultra Brut
Recipe for Pan-fried Chorizo Butter Prawns

Méthod Cap Classique Mussel Pot

Mussels are usually cooked with white wine, in this case, we’ve decided to cook them in Graham Beck Ultra Brut Cap Classique, to enhance the oceanic taste and buttery texture of the cooked mussels. It also uplifts the delicate and delicious flavours in this dish. Enjoy as a starter or light meal, depending on the portion served.

Pairing: Graham Beck Ultra Brut 2018
Recipe for Méthod Cap Classique Mussel Pot

Beef Tataki with Crispy Garlic

Take your house-party to restaurant-worthy heights with this elevated appetiser. The lightly seared beef fillet, marinated in a sweet-sour sauce and garnished with pickled ginger, is an incredible fusion of flavours. Paired with delicious combination of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay – your guests will love this food and Cap Classique pairing.

Pairing: Graham Beck Pinot Noir Rosé
Recipe for Beef Tataki with Crispy Garlic

Sweet & Sticky Belly Bao

The beauty of Cap Classique is that it’s fitting for most occasions, even casual food affairs. Graham Beck Blanc de Blancs has a lovely bouquet of green fruit aromas and buttery brioche. Underpinned spicy notes match the sweet and sticky pork belly while the citrus notes enhance the acidity of the pickled carrot and onion.

Pairing: Graham Beck Blanc de Blancs
Recipe for Sweet & Sticky Belly Bao

Oysters with Watermelon & Lime Granita

Nothing says ‘opulence’ like oysters, it’s the perfect summer starter. The contrast of the sweet watermelon and zesty granita flavours against the briny oysters complement the fresh lime aromas of Graham Beck Brut NV.

Pairing: Graham Beck Brut
Recipe for Oysters with Watermelon & Lime Granita

Corn Esquite Canapé with Grilled Prawns & Avo Crema

Welcome the new year with friends and treat them to these inviting canapés. They’re also simple to make yet serve all the charm of a high-end appetiser. Citrus flavours in this sensational canapé pair best with a dry-style Cap Classique.

Pairing: Graham Beck Ultra Brut 2017
Recipe for Corn Esquite Canapé with Grilled Prawns & Avo Crema 

Beef Carpaccio Canapés with Horseradish Cream

Take your house party to restaurant-worthy heights with these stunning Beef Carpaccio Canapés. Elevate the flavours with the heady complexity and subtle spices of this vintage Graham Beck Pinot Noir Rosé.

Pairing: Graham Beck Pinot Noir Rosé 2017
Recipe for Beef Carpaccio Canapés with Horseradish Cream 

Roast Duck with Cherry Citrus Glaze

Treat friends and family to a sumptuous feast with this succulent, cherry-citrus glazed Roast Duck. The green fruit aromas and underpinned spices of Graham Beck Blanc de Blancs delicately balance bolder flavours in this dish.

Pairing: Graham Beck Blanc de Blancs
Recipe for Roast Duck with Cherry Citrus Glaze


Dessert & Cap Classique Pairings

Pair a Rosé-style or Brut Cap Classique with one of these festive desserts.

Raspberry & Rose Pavlova

There’s just something impressive about a pavlova. Topped with fresh seasonal berries and a raspberry and rose coulis, this show-stopping dessert and Cap Classique pairing is perfect for your festive menu. Strawberry aromas are met with hints of peach and raspberry; this drier style of Bliss Nectar Rosé balances the sweetness of the rich meringue.

Pairing: Graham Beck Bliss Nectar Rosé NV
Recipe for Raspberry & Rose Pavlova

Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Sandwiches

Holidays are all about having fun and feeling like a kid again. These whimsical and delicious ice cream sandwiches will do just that – because you’re actually an adult, you get to enjoy it with a glass of Cap Classique.

Biscuity and rich aromas in this Cap Classique Brut enhances the buttery Shortcake biscuit, while the creamy lemon-lime flavours pair well with the fresh strawberries and balances the sweetness of the vanilla ice cream. Refreshing, creamy and incredibly delicious, this is the perfect dessert and Cap Classique pairing.

Pairing: De Grendel Cap Classique Brut 2018
Recipe for Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Sandwiches

Yoghurt & Lime Tart

Possibly one of the easiest desserts to prepare, making it ideal for all of your festive get-togethers or teatime treats. We’ve paired this tart with Graham Beck Brut NV – the fresh lime and citrus notes and creamy complexity of this Brut works perfectly with this Yoghurt and Lime Tart flavours.

Pairing: Graham Beck Brut NV
Recipe for Yoghurt & Lime Tart

Yoghurt Panna Cotta with Toasted Coconut & Granadilla

Summer desserts just got tastier. This panna cotta is ideal for a hot summers day. Instead of using  heavy milk, we’ve opted for a lighter take, using fresh cream and double cream plain yoghurt. The tart granadilla pulp pairs wonderfully with the Allure De-alcoholised – a delicious blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Notes of red apples pomegranate and hints of caramel gently balance the tropical notes of granadilla and toasted coconut in this dessert.

Pairing: Allure De-alcoholised Sparkling
Recipe for Yoghurt Panna Cotta with Toasted Coconut & Granadilla

Festive Panettone French Toast with Mascarpone Berries

Impress friends and family this festive season by making the ultimate French toast at brunch. Filled with pillowy layers of Panettone – an Italian sweet bread served at Christmas – dipped in honey and topped with seasonal berries, this certainly is a feast for the eyes. Limey fresh fruit aromas and a rich blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay come together in the Graham Beck Brut NV – a heavenly dessert and Cap Classique pairing.

Pairing: Graham Beck Brut NV
Recipe for Festive Panettone French Toast with Mascarpone Berries

Salted Dark Chocolate Ganache Tart with Malted Puffs

Decadent dark chocolate ganache and Cap Classique – we can’t imagine a better pairing! The lively bouquet of lemon zest and brioche notes complement the rich salted chocolate and buttery tart base in this delectable dessert.

Pairing: Graham Beck Ultra Brut
Recipe for Salted Dark Chocolate Ganache Tart with Malted Puffs

Celebration Chocolate Wreath Cake

If you’re hosting a feast this holiday, this show-stopping Celebration Wreath Cake is the ideal as a sophisticated festive dessert. And of course, no celebration would be complete without the addition of Cap Classique, so we’ve paired this dessert with Graham Beck Brut NV. The fine mousse bubbles and limey flavours balance the citrus-chocolate flavours.

Pairing: Graham Beck Brut NV
Recipe for Celebration Chocolate Wreath Cake 

Billionaire Bars

End the night off on a sweet note, and give guests a taste of luxury with these ultra-decadent three layered Billionaire Bars. Velvety shortcake, each topped with  a layer of caramel and dark chocolate ganache, it doesn’t get more rich than this. Krone Night Nectar is the ideal Cap Classique pairing for this dessert.

Pairing: Krone Night Nectar Blanc De Blancs 2018
Recipe for Billionaire Bars with Blanc de Blanc

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