Every holidays need its fair dose of fizz, and if you are a Spanish wine lover, definitely, you are going to have at least a bottle or two of Cava in december.
If you don’t know, Cava is a sparkling wine from Catalonia ( which is on the news these days a lot) and therefore, it should always be served between 5 – 8 degrees. Generally younger the wine is, the cooler it should be tasted. Moreover, a good glass such as a flute shape is the best option to drink cava, and that’s because this shape will retain the aromas longer and will enhance the overall experience. When possible, the glass should never be filled more than 2/3 in order to keep it cool.
So, how can you pair Cava in your holidays menu ? I have a few suggestions. For those who are serving appetizers, a Brut Nature would be idea; Is seafood on your mind? That is a fantastic choice for Christmas Day or New Year’s Eve and that would be nicely paired with a cava Brut or Brut Reserva. Making a traditional roast or filled meat instead? You might be considering a Brut Nature Gran Reserva. Do you still have space for a dessert such as nougat? Do not forget to open a bottle of cava Semisec or Sweet to go with it.
And last but not least, to avoid any familiar holiday argument with your wife or husband do remember to drink in moderation!
The following Cavas that I tasted were among a selection of more than 60 sparkling wines from the AQAVBS press tasting in Montreal, Quebec. Last time I checked the SAQ has listed close to 43 choices in the sparkling wine category from Spain and my picks represent some of the best that you can find in the Quebec market. In the Ontario market, please consult your LCBO listing and for the rest of the world, wine searcher
Villa Conchi Cava Brut Selección. SAQ # 12956456 $14.95
An unbeatable Cava for the price, it has an honest hose displaying lime and white orchard fruit. Medium body, elegant and structured with a good acidity and poise. 85/100
Parés Baltà Pink Cava. SAQ # 12888043. $17.60
The rose Cava from Pares Balta has been a favorite of mine for quite a long time. On the nose, aromas of cherry, raspberry chocolate and pink peppercorns. Fresh and bright with round texture and elegant finish. 87/100
Juvé y Camps Reserva de la Familia 2013. SAQ # 10654948 $21.85
A fine layer of minerals and beer yeast with a white flower and meyer lemon dimension, complemented by macadamia nuts. Dry and structured and racy in the palate. A buttery herbal finish complement this quality driven Cava. 88/100
Segura Viuda Heredad Reserva Cava. SAQ # 12883461. $30.25
An enticing nose bringing to mind coconut flakes and cocktail pear aromas. Sweet tasting and elegant bringing to mind brioche and mushrooms flavors alike with a touch of brine in the finale. 88/100
Parés Baltà Blanca Cusiné Penedès 2010. SAQ # 12591021. $35.25
A complex cava bringing to mind roasted almonds with notes of honey, wood and green tea. On the palate it is fresh and round, showing notes of ripe and candied fruit together with flavours of cashews that last through the full length of the finish. 90/100