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Elevate Your Game Day | 32 Favorite and Unique Sports Party Pairings | Appetizers To Go With Sparkling Wine & Champagne

January 23, 2024

We are all about elevating and celebrating the every day, which is why we add a POP, Fizz, Clink to any upscale or down home party. It adds a touch of FUN while also complementing the food! We like to be a little extra and go all in on the fun and surprising pairings and decor! Here are some fun and festive hors d’oeuvres and appetizer pairings to make a memorable game day or tailgate party that your guests will be raving about.

This sports party menu is designed to pair stunningly with sparkling wine, prosecco, champagne or whatever fizz or bubbly you have on hand.

Are you wondering what goes with champagne at a sports party? We explain why each of these menu items make great pairings for sparkling wines.

We love a little high brow & low-brow when it comes to pairings and fee realize that sparkling wine is hands down one of the most versatile wines when it comes to pairing with foods and the acidity helps to balance out flavors and the effervescence adds a textural element to cleanse the palate (aka the scrubbing bubbles for the palate). Sparkling wine food pairing is much easier than you think!

Here are our 32 Favorite and Unique Sports Party Pairings: Appetizers To Go With Sparkling Wines:

Fried Chicken and Waffles or Biscuits with Blanc de Blancs Brut:

Why:  The crispy and juicy fried chicken is complemented by the clean and crisp profile of Blanc de Blancs Brut. The bubbles enhance the overall experience, and biscuits add a comforting touch.

Spicy Jalapeño Corn Dogs with Blanc de Blancs Brut or Rosé Brut Sparkling Wine: (or just regular Corn Dogs — trust us, it’s amazing)

Why: The heat from spicy corn dogs is balanced by the effervescence of Blanc de Blancs Brut. The acidity cuts through the richness of the batter, creating a delightful contrast.

Fried Mac ‘n’ Cheese Balls with Blanc de Blancs Brut:

Why: The crispy exterior and creamy interior of fried mac ‘n’ cheese balls are enhanced by the toasty notes in Blanc de Blancs Brut. It’s a playful and delicious pairing.

Wasabi Deviled Eggs with Brut Sparkling Wine:

Why: The heat from wasabi is balanced by the effervescence of Brut sparkling wine, creating a harmonious blend. The bubbles help cleanse the palate from the creamy texture of deviled eggs.

Blue Cheese-Stuffed Mushrooms with Brut Sparkling Wine:

Why: The creamy and pungent blue cheese is complemented by the acidity in Brut, creating a balanced pairing. The bubbles help lift the richness of the cheese and mushrooms.

Fish Tacos with Blanc de Blancs Brut:

Why: The light and fresh flavors of fish tacos are enhanced by the bright acidity of Blanc de Blancs Brut. It’s a refreshing pairing that brings out the best in both.

Tacos Al Pastor ( OR Vegan Taco Option: Buffalo Cauliflower Tacos) with Blanc de Blancs Brut:

Why: The combination of spiced pork, pineapple, and cilantro in Tacos Al Pastor is enhanced by the clean and crisp profile of Blanc de Blancs Brut. The bubbles cut through the richness and spice, offering a refreshing contrast. Our brut and brut rosé are vegan friendly wines  AND keto friendly wines – inclusive for everyone to enjoy!

Spicy Popcorn Shrimp with Blanc de Blancs Brut or or Rosé Brut Sparkling Wine:

Why:  The heat from spicy popcorn shrimp is cooled down by the bubbles in Blanc de Blancs Brut. It’s a delightful and surprising pairing that brings out the flavors.

Loaded Potato Skins with Blanc de Blancs Brut:

Why: The combination of crispy potato skins with cheese and bacon is a delightful match for Blanc de Blancs Brut. It’s a tasty and unexpected pairing that works surprisingly well.

Mac ‘n’ Cheese with Green Chilies with Blanc de Blancs Brut:

Why: The spicy kick from buffalo chicken mac ‘n’ cheese is balanced by the clean and crisp profile of Blanc de Blancs Brut. It’s a playful and tasty pairing.

Wasabi Pea Crusted Ahi Tuna with Blanc de Blancs Brut:

Why: The heat from wasabi peas adds a kick to the Ahi tuna, and Blanc de Blancs Brut’s effervescence provides a cooling effect. The combination of textures and flavors makes it a unique and memorable pairing.

Parmesan Popcorn with Blanc de Blancs Brut:

Why: The nutty and salty notes of Parmesan popcorn are enhanced by the toasty characteristics of Blanc de Blancs Brut. It’s a simple yet surprising pairing that elevates the popcorn experience.

Sushi Rolls with Blanc de Blancs:

Why: The crisp and citrusy notes of Blanc de Blancs Champagne can enhance the flavors of sushi rolls, creating a refreshing combination.

Jalapeño Poppers with Blanc de Blancs Brut:

Why: The dry and crisp profile of Extra Blanc de Blancs Brut can cut through the richness of jalapeño poppers, providing a balanced experience.

Buffalo Cauliflower Bites with Blanc de Blancs:

Why: A great vegetarian party dish/vegan sports party menu item. Prosecco’s light and fruity character can complement the tangy and spicy flavors of buffalo cauliflower bites.

Buffalo Chicken Tenders with Blue Cheese Dip and Blanc de Blancs Brut:

Why: The spicy kick of buffalo chicken tenders is cooled down by the bubbles in Blanc de Blancs Brut. The blue cheese dip adds a creamy and tangy element to the pairing.


Crispy Chicken Tenders with Honey Mustard and Blanc de Blancs Brut:

Why: The crunchy texture of chicken tenders is complemented by the effervescence of Blanc de Blancs Brut. The honey mustard adds a sweet and tangy element.

Chili Cheese Dogs with Blanc de Blancs Brut or Rosé Brut Sparkling Wine

Why: The hearty and spicy flavors of chili cheese dogs are complemented by the dryness of Blanc de Blancs Brut. The bubbles cleanse the palate after each satisfying bite.

 Sriracha Honey Glazed Chicken Wings with Blanc de Blancs Brut or or Rosé Brut Sparkling Wine

Why: The sweet and spicy glaze on chicken wings pairs well with the clean and crisp profile of Blanc de Blancs Brut. The bubbles add a refreshing element to the heat.

BBQ Chicken Nachos with Blanc de Blancs Brut or Rosé Brut Sparkling Wine :

Why: The crisp acidity of Blanc de Blancs Brut can cut through the richness of BBQ chicken, while the bubbles cleanse the palate after each bite. The toasty notes in Brut also complement the smokiness of the BBQ flavors.

Cheeseburgers with Blanc de Blancs Brut or Rosé Brut Sparkling Wine

Why: The juicy, savory flavors of a cheeseburger are complemented by the crisp acidity of Blanc de Blancs Brut. The bubbles cut through the richness, making it a surprisingly delicious pairing.

Garlic Parmesan Fries with Blanc de Blancs Brut:

Why: The savory and cheesy notes of garlic parmesan fries are lifted by the bright acidity of Blanc de Blancs Brut. It’s a fun and indulgent pairing that surprises the palate.

Soft Pretzels with Spicy Mustard and Blanc de Blancs Brut:

Why: The salty and doughy goodness of soft pretzels pairs surprisingly well with the toasty notes in Blanc de Blancs Brut. Mustard adds a zesty kick to the combination.

Mozzarella Sticks and Blanc de Blancs Brut:

Why: The gooey and cheesy mozzarella sticks are complemented by the crisp bubbles in Blanc de Blancs Brut. The acidity in the champagne helps cut through the richness.

Fried Pickles with Ranch Dressing and Blanc de Blancs Brut:

Why: The tangy and crispy fried pickles pair well with the clean and refreshing profile of Blanc de Blancs Brut. The bubbles enhance the overall experience.

Ginger Soy Glazed Salmon with Blanc de Blancs Brut:

Why: The slightly sweet and savory glaze on the salmon pairs well with the acidity in Blanc de Blancs Brut. The effervescence helps cleanse the palate after each bite.

Truffle Mac ‘n’ Cheese with Blanc de Blancs Brut:

Why: The decadence of truffle mac ‘n’ cheese is lifted by the bright acidity of Blanc de Blancs Brut. The toasty notes in Brut complement the richness of the dish, creating a luxurious combination.

Cajun Shrimp and Grits with Blanc de Blancs Brut:

Why: The bold and spicy flavors of Cajun shrimp are balanced by the dryness of Blanc de Blancs Brut. The effervescence provides a cleansing effect and highlights the nuances of the dish.

 Thai Green Curry with Blanc de Blancs Brut:

Why: The complex flavors of Thai green curry are complemented by the crisp acidity of Blanc de Blancs Brut. The bubbles help cut through the creaminess of the curry, creating a surprising and delightful pairing.

Spicy Chicken Wings with Blanc de Blancs Brut:

Why: The effervescence of Blanc de Blancs Brut can complement the spiciness of chicken wings, creating a delightful contrast.

Truffle Popcorn with Rosé Brut Sparkling Wine:

Why: The earthy flavors of truffle popcorn pair well with the fruity notes of Rosé, offering a sophisticated snack option.

Pulled Pork Sliders with Sparkling Rosé:

Why: The bold and fruity notes of the sparkling can stand up to the richness of pulled pork sliders, creating a flavorful duo.

Remember to serve the sparkling wine and champagne extra chilled to enhance the wine tasting experience.

These sparkling wine pairing ideas aim to create a balance of flavors and textures, with the acidity and effervescence of champagne and sparkling wines serving to enhance the overall tasting experience.

Whether hosting a superbowl party, playoffs potluck, world series watch party, or end of the season soccer party, these sports themed  menu ideas showcase the versatility of bubbly, demonstrating its ability to complement a wide range of flavors and cuisines. Encourage your guests to explore and savor!

As a women owned, and operated wine company, let’s just say we know a thing or two about entertaining and cooking!  We, of course, are partial to our wines, and hope that you’ll buy our woman owned wines that are vegan friendly and keto approved drinks! Sparkling wines and rosé are lighter in alcohol and lower calorie as well…. And awarded ‘Best Buy’ and 91 & 90 points by Wine Enthusiast.

Regardless, of what you purchase to drink, we just hope you’ll make fizz what you serve more often with your meals and while entertaining.  With the bubbles we aim to bring a touch of elegance to familiar and enjoyable foods, creating a surprising and memorable experience for your guests. Cheers to a fun and tasty celebration!

Looking for more champagne and sparkling wine pairing ideas? See our top pairings for sparkling wine blog here.

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Best Thanksgiving Wine For Pouring, Pairing, & Fall Cocktail Mixing | Eight Reasons Rosé Shines In Autumn

October 9, 2023

Elevate your Thanksgiving dinner! Serving rosé wine at Thanksgiving is a delightful choice, even though  it might not be the most traditional option as it is often thought of as a summer beverage. But the truth is, rosé is an amazing pairing with the savory, comfort dishes we love in fall and winter – especially during the holidays!

Here are eight reasons why the best modern hostesses serve rosé wine at Thanksgiving dinner:

  • Versatility: Rosé wines are known for their versatility. They typically have a balanced acidity and a wide range of flavor profiles, making them suitable for pairing with various Thanksgiving dishes. Whether you’re enjoying turkey, ham, stuffing, or cranberry sauce, rosé can complement a variety of flavors.
  • Temperature: Thanksgiving often involves a mix of hot and cold dishes. Rosé wine is typically served chilled, which can be refreshing alongside warmer dishes. It can also be a good option if you’re dining in a warmer climate or in a heated room where red wines might feel too heavy.
  • Palate Cleanser: Rosé’s crisp and refreshing qualities can act as a palate cleanser between bites of rich and savory Thanksgiving foods. This can help refresh your taste buds and enhance the overall dining experience.
  • Personal Preference: Ultimately, wine choices often come down to personal preference. If you and your guests enjoy rosé wine, there’s no reason not to include it on your Thanksgiving table. We call it a perfect in-between wine as it often has a little more structure than white wines, and is lighter bodied than reds so it’s an ideal option for a crowd.
  • Refreshing and Crisp: Thanksgiving meals can be quite rich and heavy with dishes like roast turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes. A chilled glass of rosé wine can provide a refreshing contrast, cleansing your palate between bites and helping to balance the flavors.
  • Pleasant Aromatics: Many rosé wines offer a bouquet of fruity and floral aromas, which can be appealing and inviting for your guests. These aromatics can add an extra layer of complexity to your Thanksgiving experience.
  • Crowd-Pleaser: Rosé wine tends to be well-received by a wide range of wine drinkers, making it a safe choice if you’re unsure of your guests’ wine preferences. It’s often associated with celebration and relaxation, making it a good fit for a holiday gathering.
  • Seasonal Appeal: Depending on the style of rosé you choose, it can have hints of summer fruits like strawberries, raspberries, and grapefruit. This can evoke a sense of nostalgia for the warmer months, which can be a pleasant contrast to the cooler fall weather.
  • Visual Appeal: The beautiful pink color of rosé wine can add a visually appealing element to your Thanksgiving table, enhancing the overall dining experience.

While rosé might not seem the most traditional choice for Thanksgiving, where red and white wines are more commonly served, there’s no strict rule about what wine to pair with your meal. The most important thing is to choose wines that you and your guests will enjoy. If you want to experiment and add a modern twist to your Thanksgiving celebration, serving rosé can be a delightful and unexpected choice.

Both Le Grand Courtâge Brut Rosé & our French, Provence style Très Chic Rosé score over 90 points and a great value at under $25, making them a great choice for bringing to family Thanksgivings when seeking award winning and affordable wines!

Brut ​Rosé contains Chardonnay, Ugni Blanc & Gamay, which is ideal for Fall faire and Thansgiving

Très Chic Rosé offers grenache and consault which is lovely with the range of flavors.

Want to learn more? Here’s more on why rosé is perfect for fall and winter soirées.

We’re committed to serving up the best and easiest ways to cultivate JOY in the everyday moments, especially during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Which is why we’ve put together several resources to make this holiday season a breeze, with more time around the table with friends and family.

Visit our Universal Sound Of Happy page to browse and download our curated seasonal guides!

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Fun & Festive Fall Cocktails For Harvest Parties & Spooky Good Halloween Drinks For Adults

August 23, 2023

From harvest gatherings to Halloween parties and Thanksgiving cocktail hour, mix up festive & fun fall drinks for tailgates and spooky season! Award winning and affordable French sparkling wines make ideal mixers because of their inherent versatility in food pairing (great to pair  breakfast through dessert, savory to sweet) and add a fun effervescence to adult halloween drinks.

French Rosé: not just a summer drink! ​​The French even have an expression which translates to “rosé all year” or “rosé tout l’année”. The reality is that rosé goes great with a variety of flavors, as rosé has enough structure and body to stand up to heavier dishes without overwhelming more delicate ones. Ideal for summer, but rosé is equally good with a pizza and fire or Thanksgiving dinner. Read on for more on why rosé is a perfect fall wine.

Favorite Halloween Cocktails For A Spooky Good Time

Vampire Kiss, Vampire Bite or Witches Brew? Rosé wines are the perfect hue and flavor profile for spooky (& flirty!) Halloween-themed drinks and cocktails! With their practically foolproof versatility, these wines are ideal for pairing with anything from themed Halloween dinners, buttered popcorn, candy apples, and YES, even trick-or-treating candy, including both chocolate-covered and fruit-forward favorites. Don’t let the kids have all the fun – mix up something festive for the adults! Get the free Halloween cocktail recipe book here.

Sparkling Fall Cocktail Inspiration: Our Favorite Fall Drink Recipes For Thanksgiving & Tailgates | Fall Sangria, Apple Cider Mimosas, Autumn Punch & More

Fall Food & Wine Pairings | Thanksgiving Food & Drinks

Easy Fall Parties Blog has loads of inspiration with fun, festive sparkling fall cocktails, foolproof wine and fall food pairings, playlists that elevate the party, entertaining ideas, & BONUS wine lover’s gift guide! (Also see our fabulous feminine fall tailgate feature with Katie Jacobs!)

These are perfect guides for harvest gatherings, grown up halloween parties, fall holiday getaways, or a cozy winter’s night at home.

We’re committed to serving up the best and easiest ways to cultivate JOY in the everyday moments, especially during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Which is why we’ve put together several resources to make this holiday season a breeze, with more time around the table with friends and family.

Visit our Universal Sound Of Happy page to browse and download our seasonal guides!

Or visit our eBooks page for free brunch, bridal, gifting, and wine pairing guides + more.

Year Round Cocktails: More Inspired Sparkling & Rosé Cocktails

More Curated Sparkling Cocktail Recipe Booklets For Instant Download

Mix it up! We’ve compiled dozens of our favorite sparkling and rosé cocktail recipes and organized them for you for easy, effortless cocktail creation for any occasion! Enjoy a variety of Le Grand Courtâge Sparkling and Très Chic Rosé cocktail recipes in our curated cocktail booklets:

For convenience, you can find our SPARKLING COCKTAILS & TASTING NOTES booklet organized by spirit type here.

We’ve put together a list of our favorites in our SIGNATURE COCKTAILS Booklet if you’re looking for drinks to really WOW! Plus our NEW Rosé Cocktail Recipe Booklet featuring our Southern France Très Chic Rosé.

Need something mellow & light? Here is a Low-ABV, HEALTH-INSPIRED COCKTAILS Booklet for just the occasion!

Love the Aperol spritz? Find our SPRITZER COCKTAILS Booklet here for sparkling alternatives.

  • For more cocktail ideas, follow along on Pinterest & see our curated gift guide for the wine lover in your life (keep scrolling!)

Simple Ways To Elevate The Party | How To Dress Up Your Drinks

DIY: Fancy Ice Cubes & Sugared Fruit or Herbs

We love this easy, inexpensive way to upgrade the party! Eye catching and memorable decor for guests, floral ice, glitter ice, fruity, and herbed ice cubes add so much fun to the occasion.

Fun Ways to Serve Up Drinks & Dessert

It’s all in the presentation. For a festive twist, serve your favorite sparkling cocktails in ornament bulbs! Desserts in wine or martini glasses also serve up a little oh-la-la!

Beautiful Fun Cocktail Garnishes

Get into the seasonal spirit! We love pomegranate seeds, cinnamon , and rock candy swizzle sticks this time of year. Kick it up a notch by sugaring seasonal fruit or herbs for a simple way to add a little holiday magic.

Upgraded Rims | Sugar & Spice

A perfect way to highlight the flavors of the season, don’t forget to dress up the rims of your holiday cocktails! Cinnamon sugar and edible glitter are a couple of our favorites.

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Pop, Fizz, Cook! 5 Fun & Easy Recipes That Use Sparkling Wines, Champagne or Prosecco

June 5, 2023

Wondering what to do with leftover champagne or sparkling wine? Throwing a champagne themed shower or wine party? Waste not and keep the good times flowing with these fun and easy recipes that call for sparkling wine which is less expensive than champagne!

Female-founded Le Grand Courtâge boasts three award-winning, affordable French sparkling and rosé wines are inclusive in that they are all vegan-friendly, lower calorie, low carb, and cuisine and cocktail friendly, every adult can enjoy and all you have to do is simply serve and enjoy.

The French wine trio serves as a perfect introductory French wine tasting sampler pack. Each wine scores over 90 points so you can be sure you’re serving delicious, quality wines. The set includes Le Grand Courtâge Blanc de Blancs Brut, Le Grand Courtâge Brut Rosé, and Provence-style Très Chic Rosé.

The two sparkling wines are less than 100 calories and just 2 grams of carbohydrates per serving, and pair with practically anything from breakfast through dessert!

Light, versatile, and perfect for cooking, baking, food pairing, and cocktail crafting, these wines truly do it all!

Top 5 Recipes That Call For Champagne or Sparkling Wines

  1. Chicken au Champagne: Chicken and sparkling wine is one of our favorite wine pairings. Elevate your chicken dinner with this stunning recipe; Perfect as an easy weeknight supper but elevated enough to serve at a dinner party or date night. This rustic chicken dish in a heavenly, creamy wine sauce is always a winner! Get the recipe here.
  2. Champagne Deviled Eggs: Low Carb? No problem! This keto friendly party  recipe packs a fun twist with a touch of sparkling wine, perfect for potlucks and holidays. See our top 5 favorite keto wine pairings here.
    The best food pairings for sparkling wine will normally consist of rich, high fat foods and those which are greasy, fat, fried, or spicy are perfect complements as both the acidity and effervescence help to balance heavier foods. Many in the industry call sparkling wine the ’scrubbing bubbles’ for the palate as it perfectly cleanses the tongue in between bites.
  3. Fettuccine With Vegan Champagne Alfredo: Lifestyle choices don’t stop the party! This comforting recipe puts a vegan spin on a classic dish but “equally as creamy, garlic-y, rich but without the fat and calories PLUS a dose of bubbly”. Read more on our inclusive, vegan friendly wines here.
  4. Sparkling Peach Cobbler: The burst of flavor from late summer peaches with a light and airy topping from the effervescent of the sparkling wine makes this recipe a summer must-make dessert! Baking with champagne and sparkling wines is a fun way to play up flavors and add an interesting textural element to baked goods.
    See our featured Blackberry French 75 recipe for a delicious, fruity summer cocktail.
  5. Seafood Stew: The acidity in sparkling wine balances out the natural sweetness of shellfish and seafood. This tomato based stew with a splash of sparkling wine is best served in fall or winter for a comforting, elevated supper on a chilly evening.
  6. BONUS Mimosa Pancakes: Grab this delicious brunch recipe on our all-things-mimosa blog here.

Take the guesswork out of food pairing and mixing sparkling cocktails! We’ve created a collection of resources featuring all our favorite things: delicious cocktail recipes, effortless entertaining ideas, foolproof food pairing guide, brunch and bridal season look books, even a list of our favorite playlists to really get the party going! Click here to retrieve our free ebooks that make entertaining effortless.

We believe in embracing the French spirit of joie de vivre, or “joy of life”, where elevating and celebrating the everyday moments is our way of romanticizing the ordinary into the extraordinary.

Won’t you join us in our mission to #livejoyously?

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Smoked Salmon Cucumber Bites Recipe

January 13, 2023

smoke salmon appetizer


1 package of smoked salmon
1 pickling cucumber
1 container of Neufchâtel cheese or cream cheese

Slice cucumbers 1/4 inch thick. Spread Neufchatel cheese on the cucumber and place a piece of smoked salmon on top.

Best Enjoyed with a glass of Le Grand Courtâge Brut Rosé.

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Source: Addie Gundry

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Root Vegetable Pancakes Recipe

January 10, 2023

root vegetable pancake recipe sparkling wine pairing

Root Vegetable Pancakes


  • 1 1/2 lbs root vegetables, shredded (as pictured)
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp dry thyme
  • Oil for frying

Squeeze all the liquid you can out of the shredded russet potato. In a large bowl, combine the other root vegetables, onion, flour, baking powder, and thyme. Mix well.

Heat 1 Tbsp. in a large skillet over medium heat. Scoop about 1/2 cup mixture into skillet and press into a 1/8 inch patty. Fry 3-4 minutes on each side until golden brown.

Transfer pancakes to a paper towel-lined plate and enjoy when cooled.

Best paired with Le Grand Courtâge Blanc de Blanc Brut.

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Le Grand Courtâge Chicken and Bacon Corn Chowder Recipe

January 9, 2023

Chicken and Bacon Corn Chowder recipe

Chicken and Bacon Corn Chowder

Chicken and Bacon Corn Chowder
1 rotisserie chicken
5 cups low sodium chicken broth (preferably homemade – recipe here)
½ pound thick bacon, diced
5 stalks celery, diced
1 carrot, diced
2 medium Spanish onions, diced
3 garlic cloves, diced
2 medium russet or all-purpose potatoes, peeled and diced
8 ears fresh corn, removed from the cob
2 to 3 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
2-½ cups heavy cream
¼ cup cornstarch
Freshly ground black pepper

Southern Skillet Cream Biscuits
2 cups flour
4 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
¾ tsp salt
4 tbsp butter
1 cup heavy cream, chilled

Heat the bacon in a large pot over medium heat. Cook until the bacon fat is rendered and the meat is crisp, about 5 minutes. Add the celery, carrot, onions, and garlic. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally until the vegetables begin to soften and onion becomes translucent (not browned), about 10 minutes. Add the potatoes, corn, and thyme. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are fully soft, about 8 additional minutes.

Add the chicken broth to the pot. Bring the broth to a simmer over medium-high heat. Turn down the heat to medium and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes. In a separate bowl, whisk cornstarch into the heavy cream to prevent lumps. Add the cream and reserved chicken to the soup pot. Return the chowder to a simmer, season to taste with salt and pepper.

Make it ahead: Make this soup before guest arrive and leave on the stove on simmer, stirring occasionally, to keep warm.

Southern Skillet Cream Biscuits

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Liberally butter a 9 inch cast iron skillet.

In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Using your fingertips, pinch butter into dry ingredients until mixture looks like crumbs. (The faster the better, you don’t want the fats to melt.) Make a well in the center and pour in the chilled cream. Stir just until the dough comes together. The dough will be very sticky.

Turn dough onto floured surface, dust top with flour and gently fold dough over on itself 5 or 6 times. Using a rolling pin, roll dough into a 1-inch thick round. Cut out biscuits with a 2-inch cutter, being sure to push straight down through the dough. Reform scrap dough, working it as little as possible and continue cutting. Place biscuits in buttered cast iron skillet so that they just touch.

Bake until biscuits are tall and light gold on top, 15 to 20 minutes. Serve immediately.

Make it ahead: Make dough ahead of time, cut biscuits, and place in an airtight container. Refrigerate for up to one day until ready to bake. When ready to bake, place in buttered skillet and bake per instructions. You can also freeze biscuits for up to one month. When ready to bake, place frozen biscuits in buttered skillet and bake at 450 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes.

Pair with Le Grand Courtâge Brut Rosé


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Strawberry Scones Recipe

January 6, 2023


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 6 Tbsp cold butter but into 1/4 inch cubes
  • 1 cup full fat coconut milk
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup fresh chopped strawberries

For glaze:

  • 1 3/4 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp non-dairy butter

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
Using a pastry blender or your hands, cut in the cold butter until it’s a course mealy texture.

In a small bowl, whisk together the coconut milk and vanilla. Pour over the flour mixture and stir just until dough begins to form. Don’t over mix! Fold in the strawberries.

Place dough on a floured countertop and gently push together with your hands. Form into a 1 inch tall round. Use a knife to cut 8 triangles.

Place the scones on the cookie sheet and brush the tops with coconut milk. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the scones are golden. Let cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire cooling rack.
Drizzle the scones with the lemon glaze.

In a glass bowl, combine the sugar, lemon juice, and lemon zest.
Add in the butter and microwave for 45 seconds. Whisk until smooth.

Let cool a few minutes to thicken and pour over scones.

Pairs best with Le Grand Courtage Brut Rosé!

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Magic Pork Shoulder Recipe

January 4, 2023

Magic Pork Shoulder recipe


2 Tbsp brown sugar
1 Tbsp smoked paprika
2 tsp fine sea salt
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp fennel seeds
One 8½-lb (about 4-kg) bone-in pork shoulder (Boston butt)
One 12-oz (360-ml) bottle flavorful beer (not a light beer)
Pickled vegetables, warmed corn tortillas, quartered avocados, and lime wedges, for serving

Combine the brown sugar, paprika, salt, black pepper, cayenne, and fennel in a small bowl. Place the pork in a large bowl and rub the spices all over, being sure to cover all sides. Wrap well and refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to overnight. Bring the pork to room temperature on the countertop for 1 hour before roasting.

Preheat the oven to 450°F (230°C).

Put the seasoned pork in a large Dutch oven, fat side up, and roast, uncovered, until lightly browned, 45 minutes. Pour the beer over the pork, lower the oven temperature to 300°F (150°C), and cover the pot. Cook until the pork is completely tender and pulls easily from the bone, about 6 hours.

Remove from the oven. Transfer the pork to a plate and remove the bone. Cook the liquid over medium-high heat until slightly reduced, about 15 minutes. (I often skip this part because the liquid cooks down every time I reheat the leftover pork all week long.)

Meanwhile, shred the pork, using two forks. Let the liquid cool slightly, then return the pork to the liquid to keep warm. Serve warm, with all the goodies.

Good to Know

An 8-pound (3.6-kg) shoulder easily feeds 10 to 12 adults plus a handful of small kids as a taco filling. For a smaller group, use a 4- to 6-pound (1.8- to 2.7-kg) shoulder instead, reducing the cooking time a bit and halving the spice rub. Use a whole bottle of beer, regardless.

Get Ahead

Cook this dish completely ahead; cool, wrap tightly, and keep in the refrigerator, in the braising liquid, for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for up to 1 month. Reheat slowly in a large Dutch oven over low heat. (If frozen, bring to room temperature before warming.)

If you want real magic—make this in a slow cooker or Instant Pot, where the long cook time doesn’t determine whether or not you can stay at home all day. Either way, you go, make this if you have any plans insights to feed the masses. They. Will. Rave.

Pairs best with Le Grand Courtage Blanc de Blanc Brut

Use code (LGCPROMO) for 15% your first purchase of Sparkling Wine from us.

Reprinted from Every Day Is Saturday by Sarah Copeland with permission by Chronicle Books, 2019

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Le Grand Courtâge Très Chic Cranberry Bundt Cake Recipe


bundt cake recipe

Cranberry Bundt Cake Ingredients

1½ cups (3 sticks/336 g) unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more for the pan
2 cups (400 g) granulated sugar
1 Tbsp grated orange zest
5 large eggs, at room temperature
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 hearty dash of bitters
2 cups (280 g) all-purpose flour or (310 g) gluten-free flour, plus more for the pan
1 cup (120 g) almond flour
¼ tsp baking soda
¾ tsp fine sea salt
¼ cup (60 ml) fresh squeezed orange juice
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
¼ cup (60 ml) half-and-half
2 heaping cups (200 g) cranberries or (280 g) wild blueberries, fresh or frozen

Vanilla Glaze (optional)

1½ cups (180 g) confectioners’ sugar
2 to 4 Tbsp half-and-half
Seeds of 1 vanilla bean, scraped, or ¼ tsp vanilla bean paste
Pinch of fine sea salt

TO MAKE THE CAKE: Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Position a rack in the lower middle. Butter and flour a 10-inch, 12-cup (25-cm, 2.9-L) nonstick Bundt pan.

Beat together the butter, granulated sugar, and zest in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, beating after each until uniform. Scrape down the bottom and sides of the bowl, add the vanilla and bitters, and stir to combine.

In a separate bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Add to the butter mixture in thirds, alternating with the juices and half-and-half, and beat on low to combine, scraping the bowl after each addition. Stir in the cranberries.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan (it will come to the top of the Bundt pan) and bake on a baking sheet until a wooden skewer inserted into the center comes out with a tiny crumb, 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool for 20 minutes. Remove from the pan, and let cool completely on the rack.

TO MAKE THE GLAZE: Whisk together the confectioners’ sugar, half-and-half, vanilla seeds, and salt to make a slightly runny glaze. Set the cake on a wire rack on parchment paper and drizzle the glaze over it. Let it set slightly before slicing and serving.

Get ahead!

This Cranberry Bundt Cake can be made ahead in two stages: Make the batter, then store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Or bake the cake and let it cool com­pletely on a metal rack, then freeze, well wrapped, for up to 2 weeks, adding the glaze after thawing it.

Good to know

Be sure to butter and flour your Bundt pan really well—those cran­berries burst and want to stick if they hit the pan. Use an angel food cake pan for a cleaner, modern look. And get all Jackson Pollock if you want—this is awesome with raspberries, blueberries, or a mix of berries, splattered and streaked ever so slightly.

Bitters for your Cranberry Bundt Cake

As the name suggests, bitters are a blend of herbs, barks, roots, and fruits (like orange peel) that lends a pleasantly bitter depth to cocktails and, as in this case, baked goods! If you don’t have bitters at home, make your tablespoon of orange zest a heaping one for a citrus surprise.

Reprinted from Every Day Is Saturday by Sarah Copeland with permission from Chronicle Books, 2019

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