Party hats, noisemakers, sparklers, and more! 2018 is just around the corner, and we cannot wait to ring in the New Year with Champagne and cannabis. As 2017 comes to an end, legalization in California is just about to begin. There's no better way to celebrate than popping open a bottle of your favorite bubbly perfectly paired with some of this year’s most popular strains.
Before we get to the pairings, it’s important to remember that Champagne and sparklings are some of the most versatile beverages around. Due to higher acidity levels and subtle flavors, these wines pair exceptionally well with many different foods and occasions. For example, we recently enjoyed Veuve Clicquot paired with $10 Chinese food, and it was delicious!
Champagne is not just for tuxedos and ball gowns anymore. You can enjoy this fun fizzy beverage during breakfast, brunch, après ski, happy hour, birthdays, and celebrations. Did we mention you can even pair it with cannabis? That’s why we’ve matched our favorite sparklers with a selection of Sativa, Indica, and Hybrid strains.
When trying to find the perfect pairing, balance must be top of mind. The Champagne and cannabis' body and weight must be compatible with each other. You don't want a cannabis strain that is going to overshadow your Champagne either on the palate or flavor.
Another key to a successful pairing is to compare specific cannabis terpenes and match complimentary aromas and flavors to the Champagne. Remember that sparkling wines come in many styles with varying sugar levels. Sweetness comes from a step in the Champagne winemaking process called “dosage” (pronounced “doe-sazj”), which significantly impacts the wine’s profile. We made sure to keep this in mind while crafting the following delicious duos. All of these strains can be found on Eaze.com.
Tangie & Non-Dosé (Extra Brut)
Why this works?
Tangie is a popular Sativa that exhibits bright notes of tangerine, lemon, and fresh squeezed orange juice due to the Limonene terpene. With so many expressive citrus notes, finding a Champagne with a similar acidity profile and tangy aromas and flavors is key to a successful pairing. With this in mind, a Non-Dosé or Extra Brut is the perfect match because zero sugar is added to this Champagne which leaves a super dry and crisp wine. This lively combination is as zingy as it gets and will energize you throughout the big night!
Below are a few of our favorite Non-Dosé/Extra Brut Champagnes to look for:
Louis Roederer Brut Nature 2009
Pierre Paillard Non-Vintage Les Parcelles
OG Kush & Blanc de Blancs
Why this works?
One of the most popular strains meets one of the most popular styles of Champagne. OG Kush is a Sativa-dominant strain that exhibits classic notes of lemon and citrus with hints of earth and toasted wood. These characteristics come from the terpenes Limonene and Myrcene which deliver a happy and euphoric high, much like sipping a fine Blanc de Blancs. This Champagne is made exclusively from Chardonnay grapes hence the name meaning “white from white.” Blancs de Blancs is a lighter and dryer version than a Blanc de Noirs, so this bubbly has bountiful citrus notes that are known to dazzle the palate. If you find an aged Blanc de Blancs, you’ll notice enticing toasty or woody characteristics that are highlighted when paired with OG Kush.
Here are a few of our favorite Blanc de Blancs to look for:
Deutz Amour de Deutz Blanc de Blancs 2007
Lallier Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs
Pol Roger Blanc de Blancs 2008
Blue Dream & Brut
Why this works?
Get your party hat ready because this pairing will take your senses on a journey of pleasure and euphoria. Stemming from a cross between Blueberry x Haze, Blue Dream enchants the palate with its distinct notes of fresh picked berries and blueberry with a hint of vanilla almost resembling a Blueberry Cobbler. Due to the strains natural sweetness, we love pairing Blue Dream with Brut Champagne. Brut is classified as a dry wine, meaning it has a minimal dosage with less than 12 grams of sugar per liter. With comforting aromas of almonds, hazelnut, and vanilla, this pairing compliments each other well and makes an excellent dessert pairing. Try adding a few blueberries to your Champagne glass for some extra flavor!
Here are a few of our favorite Brut Champagnes to look for:
Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Reserve
Bollinger Special Cuvée Brut
Louis Roederer Brut Premier
Skywalker OG & Blanc de Noirs
Why this works?
The Force is strong with this pairing, so be prepared to take your taste buds to a galaxy far, far away. As an offspring of Skywalker and OG Kush, Skywalker OG is packed with herbal notes that resemble rich earth with a touch of sweetness. This pungent Indica-dominant strain is meant to be paired with a bolder Champagne such as Blanc de Noirs. This particular type of bubbly is classified as “white Champagne,” but it’s produced from only red grapes: Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. This is why the wine is called Blanc de Noirs “white from black,” light is born from the dark, or in Star Wars terms “Luke, I am your Father.” The earthiness in Skywalker OG is complimented by the rich fruity, earthy notes that you’ll find common in a Blanc de Noirs.
Here are a few of our favorite Blanc de Noirs to look for:
Besserat de Bellefon Cuvée des Moines Grand Cru Blanc de Noirs
Moussé Fils L'Or d'Eugène Blanc de Noirs
Pierre Paillard Les Maillerettes Extra Brut Blanc de Noirs Grand Cru 2010
Girl Scout Cookies (GSC) & Rosé
Why this works?
Who doesn’t love Girl Scout Cookies? Thin Mints, Samoas, Do-si-dos - yum! Much like these classic cookies, the Girl Scout Cookies (GSC) cannabis strain intertwines nostalgic aromas and flavors of cherry, mint, spices, and earth. This Hybrid strain is known for its relaxing and enjoyable side effects, almost like eating a batch of your favorite crunchy cookies. Because it is a slightly sweet strain, it’s important to find a bubbly with inherent sweetness and bolder flavors like Rosé Champagne. Known for its red fruit flavors, creamy mouthfeel, and gorgeous pink/orange color, this Champagne will perfectly compliment Girl Scout Cookies’ unique flavors and almost floral aromas.
Here are a few of our favorite Rosé Champagnes to look for:
Deutz Brut Rosé Champagne
Louis Roederer Brut Rosé 2010
Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Rose
Enjoy and cheers to the New Year!
Peace, Love & Cannabis,
The Herb Somm