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A Toast to Cheese! Champagne & Ile de France Cheese for the Holidays

Whether savored with a pairing, on a slice of crusty baguette or as an ingredient in a decadent appetizer, Ile de France Cheeses make delightful holiday fare.

To make them taste even better, you'll need a festive drink to wash them down. There's only one perfect choice: Sparkling wines and champagne. The sweet flavor and crisp acidity of bubbly wines are truly natural companions for the creamy and délicieux flavor of Ile de France fromage!

So pop a bottle of champagne and celebrate the season with zest. But don't forget that these pairings shouldn't be limited to holidays – a Tuesday toast in March is just as delicious as it is New Year's Eve!

Ile de Brie France & Camembert with light, fruity champagne
Creamy, soft cheeses like Ile de France Brie and Camembert are high in moisture and taste especially delicious with sparkling wines and champagne. The wine's bubbles and acidity cut through the cheeses' creaminess, creating a unique tasting experience. Look for a crisp, fruity champagne like Nicolas Feuillatte Blue Label Brut to get the most out of this pairing.

Ile de France Chèvre Goat Cheese with rich sparkling wines
Ile de France Goat Cheese features a fresh yet mild and tangy flavor. The refreshing taste of the goat cheese calls for a strong, robust sparkling with a deep aroma and a long finish. Try a Chandon Riche, a dry wine with a hint of sweetness to contrast with the salty fromage.

Ile de France Roquefort with pink champagne
Many blue cheese lovers think it's best to savor it with contrasting flavors. A sweet, airy and crisp pink champagne cleanses the palette between bites. The incredibly creamy – yet spicy – Roquefort really stands out alongside any pink sparkling wine. For something special, look for Domaine Carneros Brut Rosé, a lively wine with luscious peach and pear flavors.

Know the difference between champagne & sparkling wine?
It's simple: If it isn't made in France, it can't be called champagne. Food trade agreements specify that the Champagne region of France is the only place in the world that can make champagne. If it's made anywhere else it must be called sparkling wine. For a truly authentic pairing, look for true champagne. But if it's not available, don't worry – our cheeses taste just as delicious with sparkling wine.