Thursday, August 23, 2012

A Bubbly to Celebrate the End of Summer

Even if we no longer are a student, the end of August with its golden haze and cooler nights signals the end of  summer and the return to our Fall routines.  While we still have a week or so before September, its a good time to toast our fleeting summer with some bubbly. And while I would love to uncork some real French Champagne, being semi-retired means I look for more economical sparklers like our Cristalino Brut Jaume Serra. This is a Spanish Cava which means it is fermented with bubbles right in the bottle, just like Champagne. Plus, it is made from a strain of yeast from Champagne. And its a treat to taste and enjoy, just like Champagne.  But its only $12.99, not $60 or more!!!  

What's not to like?  Pop the cork (don't point it anyone) and your nose will delight in the bouquet of stone and tree fruit along with a toastiness found in most Cavas and Champagnes.  Swirl it in your mouth for a few moments to savour the sweet summer taste of peaches, nectarines, green apples. There is lots of flavour and complexity for a wine at this price. 

You can enjoy it on the patio by itself with tapas.  I often like to pour half a glass of Cava with half a glass of red wine to make a Sparkling red.  Or you can make a Kir Royale by adding about an ounce of French Creme de Cassis (blackcurrant liqueur) to a glass of Cava.  Or you can make a Spanish Bellini by adding some fresh peach juice to a glass of Cava.  Make sure the bottle is in the fridge for a couple of hours as you want it chilled.  If you want the tiny beads of bubbles to last a long time, store tall flute glasses in the freezer for 15 minutes before pouring the wine.

Wine & Spirits rated the Cristalino Brut Cava 88 points out of 100, which is an A grade.  It also rated the Jaume Serra winery Value Brand of the Year for the past three years.  Its relatively new on the market in BC but its a bargain, even for Spanish Cavas, and a real favourite of mine.

Cristalino Brut Cava from Jaume Serra.  $12.99, 11.5%, available in most LDB stores.
A Bubbly to Celebrate the End of Summer
Dry Sparkling Wine Highly Recommended

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