Want to sound a bit more knowleadgable when talking about sparkling wine? Don't know the best glasses to use? No idea how long you should keep the bubbly in the ice bucket?
Now breathe,we're here to help!
How to serve sparkling wine correctly
The temperasture is very important to really enjoy sparkling wine and cava. We suggest pouring it between 6-8 degrees C so it's a bit warmer than your fridge (certainly not ice cold like its coming out of your freezer at 2-4 degrees C) and in a few minutes in a warm glass it would go up to 8-10 degrees C, which is the ideal temperature for high quality cava.
The glass does matter
The coupe or saucer glasses - think The Great Gatsby - can look really classy but the liquid gets warm fast so the cava is no longer refreshing. Also, the bubbles will go very quickly and the flavours will also go fast so you miss part of the experience.
The best glass would be a flute as it keeps the bubbles in and allows a better tasting experience. Using other types of glasses can deliver a less sensorial experience but can also add fun to the occasion so, remember, do what it feels right to you!
The flavours of sparkling wine
When speaking about cava, as many other sparkling wines, the flavour changes as it ages, and there are three different types of flavour to talk about. Make a note of these if you know you'll be drinking Freixenet this evening!
The primary flavour typically in cava is fruit. Citrus fruit flavours are very common and you will typically detect mainly lemon flavours, grapefruit flavours, and sometimes even mandarin. Other common fruits can be stone fruits, pears and apples or red fruits like rasberries in pink cavas.
Secondary flavours such as fruit jam, cooked fruits or subtle buttery flavours and bread, can be also found in vintage cavas and in high quality sparklers.
How to taste fizz
There is not need to roll sparkling wine in the glass as you already have the bubbles.
Associate the wine with an experience to identify better the smells and flavours: it takes time to identify what the taste is so it's easier to say it reminds you of something but you cannot say exactly what, whether it's a banana, a strawberry or a raspberry.
Taste different wines: this is the best way of really identifying features for each type of sparkling wine.
Enjoy the epxerience: wine can be intimidating but it's everything about trying and learning what you like.
How to pair it
Cava is as versatile that you can perfectly have it on its own as an aperitif or you can have it with some light nibbles like olives, crisps or nuts.
But sparkling wine has finally moved to the main course. It goes wonderfully with things such as:
Nuts or fruit salads.
Risottos and pasta.
Light meets like turkey, ham or chicken.
Fish - If you have never tried fish and chips with cava it's time you do so!
Asian/Spicy food - specially with pink cava.
Desserts and chocolate go great with sweeter cavas and y rosé cava.