Match #3: A Dry, Sparkling Wine
A brut sparkler delivers palate-cleansing bubbles and a touch of tartness to liven up the scallops.
ZEROING IN: When it comes to sparkling wine, nonvintage (NV) brut is the most food-friendly, and there are plenty of terrific values made in the traditional Champagne method coming out of California. Look for bruts using all or mostly chardonnay grapes, which deliver zippy acidity and just enough richness to handle both the buttery sauce and the robust roasted beans.
Barefoot Bubbly, Brut Cuvée Champagne, NV, California ($10)
Korbel, Chardonnay Champagne, NV, California ($11)