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Christmas dinners: spanish cava for the starters

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 TAGS:Christmas is one of the times of year that I like most (perhaps for being born on New Year’s Eve). From the day I see the first Christmas lights and decoration until New Year’s day the best dinners and meals of the year take place, the best parties are held... To live the Christmas atmosphere the best is to get an interesting selection of cava as the one I propose in the following lines.

The first thing I would like to make clear is that we must begin to change that habit of drinking cava and sparkling wine just at the end of the menu, by the dessert time. The cava can be drunk throughout the dinner. It may accompany soups, fish dishes, seafood, snacks, pies ... The possibilities are as many as we are willing to try. The result is always good.

I personally love to start with a glass of champagne or cava as an aperitif. It’s just perfect for Christmas. That is why I searched the cava brands I think you might like most.

By price, for large families, good drinkers of champagne or tighter budgets, I would recommend any of the Vallformosa ones. Juvé & Camps Cinta Púrpura Brut will also do very good. If you are looking for something more special, Juve y Camps Reserva de la Familia Brut Nature can be an alternative to consider.

Those who want something different can opt for a Naveran Odisea. Its price goes around twelve Euros per bottle, what makes it ideal for tasting and trying, if you don’t know it yet, and the bottle is far from what we are used to which refers cava. So it is with the Robert J. Mur Reserva Brut Nature, another name to consider.

The most pompous bottle, for tables where the decor is very important, is the Segura Viudas Reserva Heredad. A cava with a striking presence thanks to those silver accents on the bottle (floral motifs and the logo of the winery). Besides its nice combination of Macabeo and Parellada grapes make it sublime for this time of the year.

As my favorite cava wines are the rosé ones, I will propose two: Freixenet Elyssia Rosadowhich interested me about because of its image but convinced me by his taste and María Casanovas Pinot Noir Brut Rosat: elegant, aromatic and dry, the perfect combination.

Finally, for those who want to make a good gift: Gramona Impérial Gran Reserva Brut 2006 and Recaredo Turó d'en Mota 2000. Enjoy your appetizer!

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