CAVA: SPANISH PARTY BUBBLES
If you think of Spanish Cava, celebration and toasts probably come to your mind. But if you love this delicious sparkling wine, you will be happy to know that Cava wine is not a wine that one only use to toast on special occasions. Below you can read our best cava and food pairing tips to enjoy it with any meal. Bring sparkling bubbles to your table!
CAVA AND FOOD PAIRING: SPANISH BUBBLES ON ANY OCCASION!
Have you ever wondered how to enjoy cava wines and at the same time combine its flavour with different dishes?
The versatility of Spanish cava wines makes it an ideal complement to enhance a multitude of flavours, no doubt about that. The acidity, freshness and carbonic character of the sparkling cava wine, make it possible to harmonize with the four basic tastes: bitter, sweet, salty and acid. We'll talk about the fifth “basic” taste, umami, another day. You only have to choose the right cava to pair with each dish.
• Salty and high-fat dishes: Dry Cava, such as Brut Nature and Extra Brut • Sour and acidic recipes: Brut and Extra dry Cava wine. • Hot and spicy dishes: Gran Reserva. • Soft and light dishes: Young and Reserva sparkling wine • Salads: Brut and Brut Reserva. • Seafood, oysters, ham, canapes, cheese and many other appetizers pair well with Cava Brut. • Sweet dishes and desserts: Semi-dry and Sweet Cava. Rosé Cava.
It is all about trying - Pairing food with the right beverage to enhance the pleasure of eating it.
Here are some hints to start experiencing a new world of sensations and to pair food with cava wine:
Rice dishes and in particular, paellas, are perfect dishes to serve with Cava Brut or Brut Reserva. The acidity of these sparkling wines enhances the culinary experience to new levels.
Fish and shellfish find a perfect match with a Brut Nature or Reserva.
Meat; Serving lamb dishes, stews, foie gras and grilled meat with a Cava Brut Nature Gran Reserva is always a wise decision. The acidity of the Cava and its bubbles in contrast to the consistent sensation of the fats in meat dishes, refreshes and cleans the mouth and invites to continue enjoying the food.
Cheese and ham are, often, served with red wine, but, you will be surprised to discover what a sheep cheese or an Iberian ham tastes like accompanied by cava bubbles. Soft cheese tastes good when eaten with something sweet, like grapes, for example. A Spanish proverb says: "Uvas y Queso Saben a Beso". Meaning that grapes and cheese ate together taste just like a kiss. Hard or mature cheese, and salty Spanish ham, on the other hand, combines perfectly with dry Spanish Cava.
And nothing like to finish a good meal with a cava toast, accompanied by something sweet, like chocolate, for example. For deserts always choose a Semi-dry or Sweet Cava.
Recipe: A luxury sangria with Spanish Cava
Have you ever tried a sangria made with sparkling Cava? It is a fresh and fruity drink. Try this recipe!
• Four oranges and two lemons (or the juice of both). • One bottle of Cava. • Peach, kiwi, apple, pear, strawberries or any other fruit you like. • Sugar to taste. • Cognac and / or Cointreau (optional). • Ice
Squeeze the oranges and the lemons. Cut the rest of the fruit into small dices. Then mix the fruit with the sugar, the juice and liquor. Cool the mixture in the fridge for a few hours. Add the ice and the, (CONTENT OF :)), the Cava bottle right before serving, but without stirring, to avoid the bubbles from disappearing. Enjoy on a Christmas party or a warm summer evening!