Happy Wine Wednesday! As the festive season is around the corner, I know some of you would love to indulge in some bubbly or wines. I am featuring festive wines. Last week I talked about Champagne and let you briefly, know the difference between Champagne and Sparkling wine. In Spain in particular their sparkling wine is known as Cava. Champagne is usually made from a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay grapes or just Chardonnay. As previously mentioned it comes from the region of Champagne in France.
Cava is a blend of 3 or more grape varieties usually Macabeo, Parellada, Xarel-lo.
Today I feature the most popular Cava brand in the Nordic Countries Freixenet. I decided to go for their Freixenet Cordon Negro Cava Brut. Usually, when doing desserts I prefer to go for Freixenet Carta Nevada Semi Seco. This time it had to be the Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut going with the theme of the food I was preparing. This particular Cava was best suited. Visually, I love the black bottle and that this wine is pocket friendly ( depending on where you live prices vary greatly due to alcohol taxation and shipping).
To the nose it’s fruity with a hint of pear, apple and a little peach. When tasting it, it is quite dry, crisp, fruity with a mineral finish to it. The alcohol percentage is reasonable at 11.5%. This wine is not only great for celebrations but good conversations and chilling. It goes well with sea food and salty starters. If you consider having a tapas/bruschetta this is perfect for that. Also it goes well with tuna, smoked fish and cheese made from sheep or lamb such as roquefort.
I give this wine two thumbs up because of the lasting effervescence and it does have you feel like you are almost drinking Champagne.
If you would ever like to visit Spain for wine tasting or experience tapas. Feel free to drop me a message.
Cheers and have a great rest of the week!