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Champagne & Chicago-Style Hot Dogs

by Nannette Eaton on August 22, 2012

“What I find really interesting is to try and mix it up, to push myself and try different things. I don’t want to stay in my comfort zone. I want to take risks and keep myself scared.” —  Michael Fassbender

To the Wine Harlots, Champagne always signifies a good time. Holidays, celebrations, birthdays, weddings – you automatically breakout the bubbles. But Champagne can be so much more than just high-rent wine you pour three times a year. Champagne is the perfect solution to tricky food pairings. Spicy Thai food? Champagne. Grilled asparagus wrapped in prosciutto? Champagne. Ceviche? Champagne. See how easy this is? Now you try it at home.

We also like combining high-rent/low-rent pairings: in our furniture, our clothing, our food, our lifestyle – it’s a chic way to combine the best elements in both worlds.

Pour a flute of Champagne with a Chicago-style hot dog for an irreverent pairing. The Chicago-style dog came into vogue during the first American Depression with street vendors selling the hot dogs for a nickel. The base of the hot dog is a steamed poppy-seed bun, with an all-beef hot dog nestled inside and “run through the garden” in diner-speak, with add-on’s of yellow mustard, relish, tomato wedges, chopped onions, a kosher pickle spear, sport peppers and a dash of celery salt. But no ketchup – that is the litmus test of a true Chicago-style hot dog lover. Wine Harlots say Champagne is a perfect pairing, as Champagne’s soft citrus notes, effervesce, minerality and acid profile work beautifully to unite the disparate (but delicious!) ingredients in this meal. Be chic. Be fun. Be playful in your pairings. Tell us. What’s the most daring pairing for your Champagne?

Nannette Eaton of Wine Harlots is employed as the Official Blogger/Social Media Correspondent on the Wines of France Across America 2012 promotional tour.

photo credits:
flutes of champagne EatonAlive ©2012
chicago hot dog Brandon Cummins ©2012 on assignment for Lush Life ©2012
chicago hot dog element chart courtesy of Vienna Beef ©2012