Sparkling wine is often times relegated to being served with only appetizers and desserts, but in reality, it is a remarkably versatile beverage that can be served throughout the meal! Here are some tips for successful pairings and some suggestions to try for yourself.
Fried and Rich
Cava acts as a palate cleanser when paired with fried food and dishes with rich sauces. The crisp acidity and bubbles cut through fatty flavors, refreshing the palate for the next bite.
- Brut Reserva with vegetable tempura
- ARIA Estate Brut with linguine in mushroom cream sauce
- Extra Dry with beignets
Smooth and Silky
For a refreshing contrast to smooth, silky food textures, cava's effervescence adds an interesting textural dimension.
- Brut Reserva with creamy butternut squash soup
- ARIA Estate Brut with triple cream brie
- Reserva Heredad with seared foie gras
Tart and Tangy
Cava is a brilliant match for bright, tart and tangy foods, which need to be matched by an equal measure of vibrancy in the wine.
- Brut Reserva with ceviche
- Brut Rosé with Nicoise salad
- ARIA Estate Brut with Eggs Benedict
Salty foods love to be paired with crisp acidity of cava.
- Brut Reserva with marinated olives, salted mixed nuts or even potato chips!
- ARIA Estate Brut with Caesar salad
Cava's fruit forward quality acts as a foil for spicy food.
- Extra Dry with shrimp fra diavolo
- Brut Reserva with Sichuan Dan Dan noodles
Cava's freshness and luxuriant texture is beautiful with fresh shellfish.
- ARIA Estate Brut with oysters with mignonette
- Reserva Heredad with a raw seafood platter
Cava can even be a lovely partner to meats such as pork or duck as the acidity provides a nice balance and also pairs wonderfully with the typical fruit accompaniments.
- Brut Rosé with pork chops topped with grilled peaches
- ARIA Estate Pinot Noir with roasted duck breast with cherry chutney
Eggs are picky when choosing a wine partner, but they love cava!
- Brut Reserva with scrambled eggs and smoked salmon
- Extra Dry with Quiche Lorraine