Christmas is just a mere 10 days again and a lot of people leave their booze buying until last minute. It is pretty understandable since the attention is turned to gift buying and food preparation.
At Christmas, cava may be looked upon as a cheap alternative for Champagne but its supporters argue that this wine, which is bottled-fermented like champagne, is a serious sparkle in its own right
I recently assisted to a tasting organized by the AQAVBS now called A3 Quebec on festive products for the holidays. The cavas that I tasted will certainly put a smile on your face this Christmas.
Unlike Champagne, Cava is produced with the Macabeu, Xarello and Paralleda grapes. However, Cava has a very similar taste to Champagne, in contrast to its close competitor Prosecco But the best thing about Cava is its price. You can find a nice bottle at the SAQ for under $40.
You may think of Cava is merely an aperitif, to be had before a meal or when making a toast. Perhaps it will surprise you to learn that Cava is in fact a highly versatile wine when it comes to food pairing. Cava can be light and refreshing, all the way up to rich and full-bodied. In any event, its strong acidity and tingling effervescence will compliment a whole range of different dishes. These may include charcuterie, fish and cheese.
Go ahead and inmerse yourself in the holiday spirit with a glass of Cava!!!
Segura Viudas Heredad Reserva. SAQ # 12883461, $30.25
Lovely nose reminiscent of lemon brioche with dry fruits,honeysuckle and levain bread. On the palate, fine bubble, very elegant with a persistent finale.
La Vida al Camp Cava Brut Rosé 2015. SAQ # 13090666, $24.45
Beautiful nose redolent of cranberry confit with lavender and banana cake. Elegant and floral as well. Glossy and caressing finale.
Raventos i Blanc De Nit Conca del Riu Anoia 2016. SAQ # 12097954, $29.30
Toasty cereal notes with roasted strawberry. Medium body with notes of porcini and mountain leaves. Long finale.