WGWW Quick Picks for Sparkling Wine and Champagne

Jaume Serra Cristalino Brut Cava/Rose’ Spain – Here’s your party wine, great ratings $9/10

Scharffenberger NV Brut, Anderson Valley – You won’t believe how good this is for $16

Roederer Estate and L’Ermitage NV, Mendocino – Best Sparkling wine for $20 (WSJ) and the ’06 Ermitage truly lovely at $40.

Taittinger Cuvee Prestige Blanc NV, Reims – Classic flavor, $40

Moet Grand Vintage 2006, Reims – Dark, deep, very serious, $62

Champagne and sparkling wine loves fried food and this is as close as you can get without actually frying, try with sparkling Rose’.

Jays “Curley Waves” Potato Chips with Smoked Paprika Aioli  


1 Bag of Jays “Curley Waves” potato chips
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1 garlic clove
1 teaspoon smoked Spanish paprika
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons flat-leaf parsley
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

In a food processor, puree the mayonnaise with the garlic, smoked paprika and lemon juice. Stir in 2 teaspoons of the parsley and season with salt and pepper, adjust for taste. Scrape the aioli into a small bowl and refrigerate.

For events I spread the chips out on a platter and put the aioli in a squeeze bottle and just draw all over the chips trying to hit mostly the ends but not with too much. You can of course just use put the aioli in a dish and have people dip the chips but suggest just a tad.