DIY At-Home New Year’s Eve Bubbly Tasting for Two

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DIY At-Home Bubbly Tasting for Two

Looking for ideas to celebrate an upcoming special occasion or holiday from the comfort of home? Why not mark the occasion with an epic at-home bubbly tasting for two complete with bubbles, cheese and chocolate?

If you’ve got kids at home, this is a fun date night you can enjoy after putting them to bed. Or, invite over another couple in your quarantine squad for a small celebration.

To put together this at-home experience, I checked in with the experts from ABC Fine Wine & Spirits along with Lisa Wilk (of @tastecooksip and The Tasty Trio’s Wine, Cheese and Chocolate pairing events in Orlando) to come up with a tasting menu. Then I tested out each pairing with a friend to make sure it was all up to par for you to replicate. It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it. Read on for all of the delectable details to plan a tasting of your own.

Disclosure: ABC Fine Wine & Spirits is one of our valued advertising partners.

Note: This post was originally published in 2020 and has been updated December 2021.


I am by no means a pairing expert, so I turned to a few pros to help me plan out the ideal menu.

Learn basic bubbly knowledge

For a good overview of bubbly, including differences in sweetness levels, what actually qualifies as Champagne (and makes it pricier) and highlights on all of the Champagne and sparkling wines used in our tasting, check out this fun 45-minute Facebook Live, which was hosted by ABC’s Dan Eddy and Nathan Dale.

Variety is Key

For the best at-home bubbly tasting experience, make sure to include a nice variety of bubbles and cheeses in your lineup.

For bubbles, we used a Brut, Cava, Prosecco and Brut Rosé Champagne. And, hot tip: you can get your bubbles delivered to your doorstep with ABC’s convenient home delivery service.

For cheese, we opted for a goat cheese, soft marinated feta, an aged pecorino and a creamy blue cheese. More on all of that later!

Choose a variety of bubbly for your own tasting

Play up the elements

For expert pairing tips, I checked in with Lisa Wilk of The Tasty Trio. Together with Tonda Corrente (La Femme du Fromage) and Jill Ramsier (Quantum Leap Winery), she hosts periodic Wine, Cheese and Chocolate pairing classes at Quantum Leap Winery in Orlando. The key to these pairings lies in playing up the elements of each item to enhance flavors and textures, so keep that in mind.

When conducting your tasting, start by tasting each element alone and then pair items together. This will help you get a feel for how all of the flavors and textures interact.

Source locally

I recommend picking up cheeses from local shops. Plan an adventure to Mazzaro’s Italian Market for Italian cheeses, visit local farmers markets or support your go-to local cheese shop. We got most of our chocolate goodies from Peterbrooke Chocolatier, which has a location in downtown Tampa. Then, fill in with crackers, snacks and sweets from your favorite market or grocery store.

DIY At-Home New Year's Eve Bubbly Tasting for Two
Shop local cheese and sweet shops for goodies


PAIRING 1: Series Brut, Midnight Moon and Milk Chocolate Covered Popcorn

Series Brut New Year's Eve bubbly tasting at home
Series Brut

This brut from Brazil is a steal for the price and tastes delicious. Plus, it will pair well with just about anything. Use your leftovers for weekend brunch mimosas or cocktails.

In terms of the tasting, the brut really enhances the taste of the cheese while cutting some of the sweetness of the popcorn. Peterbrooke uses a dulce de leche base for their milk chocolate, lending a more nuanced flavor along with the buttery popcorn. Make sure to taste all three elements together. This was our second favorite of the bunch!

Series Brut, Midnight Moon cheese, Peterbrooke Milk Chocolate Covered Popcorn

PAIRING 2: Cune Cava and Meredith Dairy Marinated Feta

  • Cune Cava Brut $13
  • Meredith Dairy Marinated Goat & Sheep Milk Feta (try any creamy, marinated feta here if you can’t find this one)

This Cava is nice and crisp with more nutty flavors that pair really well with savory items. And, it doesn’t get more savory than the creamy, indulgent Meredith Dairy Feta. On Lisa’s recommendation, we also cut up some snack peppers to serve as feta vessels…a yummy twist!

The creaminess of the feta and Cava complement one another wonderfully.

Cune Cava and Meredith Dairy feta

PAIRING 3: Hi Prosecco and Peppercorn Pecorino with local honey

This was our wild card tasting. I picked up a peppercorn pecorino on recommendation from my local cheese shop, but you could use any nice aged, hard cheese here if you can’t find something similar. The cheese tastes wonderful with just a dab of honey for a sweet surprise paired with the Italian Prosecco. Salty pistachios are a nice complement too.

Hi! Prosecco

PAIRING 4: Charles Mignon Grand Cru Brut Rosé, Deer Creek Blue Jay and Strawberry Balsamic Truffles

If you’re going to splurge on a bottle of bubbly, make it a classic and elegant French Champagne. This was our absolute favorite tasting. The bubbles on this Brut Rosé were endless and even the bottle itself feels like a work of art with its textured finish. It felt like the ultimate “treat yourself” moment to end this wild year and I have no regrets.

Charles Mignon Grand Cru Brut Rosé Champagne

Tasting this with the blue cheese only brings the flavors forward more. This particular blue cheese is incredible buttery with extra flavor from the Juniper berries. The strawberry balsamic truffle adds a sweet touch and boasts a longer shelf life than a traditional chocolate covered strawberry, although that would be quite delicious here too!

New Year's Eve bubbly tasting for two
Our favorite pairing!

This pairing definitely got the most action. We were spreading the cheese on crackers and also tried the Champagne with a variety of sweets. Raspberry macarons and chocolate mousse truffles were equally indulgent.

Feel free to customize this at-home bubbly tasting, using it as a guide to create your own epic night at home.

Note: ABC provided the Series Brut, Cune Cava and Hi Prosecco at no cost to the writer.


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