From Italy, serve Prosecco or Asti Spumante, both dry sweet sparkling wines. You can purchase a good bottle of Prosecco for only about $12 and a good bottle of Asti for about $9. Mionetto and Nando are two great brands. Don't let the cheap price defer you; these do not taste like cheap wines.
For a decent sparkling wine from Austria, try a sparkling Gruner Veltliner, a popular grape variety in Austria and the Czech Republic, though lesser known in the United States. This sparkling Austrian wine has a fruity light flavor and is comparable to a chardonnay. A bottle of Punkt Genau will set you back about $15.
For a trip to Spain, try the Marques de Gelida Cava. It is an ideal accompaniment to caviar. The price tag on this is a meager $13. Another Spanish variety to try is Llopart Leopardi Brut. It is extremely light and fresh and serves as a great palate cleanser. It is a bargain at about $22.
California also produces some fabulous sparkling wines. One of the best deals is the Mendocino County's Scharffenberger Brut. This wine has a hint of vanilla and plum and will only cost about $17. Domaine Carneros Brut, a Napa Valley wine, pairs especially well with caviar. It's a steal at $22.
Salmon roe and whitefish roe are two of the most reasonably priced and quality-tasting caviar. Beluga and osetra are the most expensive caviar on the market, so if you find a "too good to be true" deal on either of these varieties, it probably is too good to be true.
You should plan for each person eating about 10 grams of caviar. One ounce equals about 28 grams, so purchase accordingly.
A 200-gram tin of Russian Royal Black Roe runs at about $30, which can serve 20 people. A 100-gram tin of Capelin Roe will cost about $7 and serve 10 people.
Serve a combination of red and black caviar so that guests can sample different varieties. Partner the caviar with an assortment of crackers and enjoy the meldings of flavors heightened by your choice of bubbly.
A champagne and caviar themed party is a tantalizingly elegant twist to a usual get together. Even better, though you won't be breaking the bank, you can still act as though you are rich and famous!
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