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How to drink Cava

Lee Sims of the Port House restaurant group tells us how we should be drinking Cava.

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Around 23 million bottles of Cava, the famous sparkling wine of Spain, were sold around the world last year, and it's expected to be even more popular in 2020. 

If you aren't sure about what to Cava to buy, and how to store it once you do buy it, we have advice for you from Lee Sims of the Port House restaurant group, which recently opened its newest venue, Port House Cava on Camden Street in Dublin. 

"I'm delighted that Cava is finally starting to get the attention it deserves, and the good news is that it's available at all price points, from the accessible to the aspirational. At Port House Cava, our menu of Cavas will continue to evolve and grow - this year we plan to introduce some rare and hard to find additions, including my personal favourite, Mistinguett Brut Nature, which is rarely seen outside of Catalonia." 

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The Port House Cava.
The Port House Cava.

Lee's recommendations

My recommendations for great Cava to try now would be:

  • Freixenet Cordo Negro Brut: this is a light, modern Cava with a very refreshing style and lots of bubbles that really last. It's got hints of citrus fruit and an aroma that reminds you of both apple and pears as well as peach, melon and pineapple. 
  • Freixenet Cordon Rosado: bright strawberry in colour with plenty of bubbles, this has a delicious aroma of flowers and red fruits, with hints of the more exotic grenadine, dried figs and dates. In the mouth, it delivers a fresh, light and soft taste of red fruits.
  • Segura Viudas Heredad Brut Reserva: this is a complex and heady Cava that delivers on its richness without sweetness. Its potent depth of flavour has a smoky minerality and fresh apple-skin notes. 

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The Port House Cava.
The Port House Cava.

How to drink Cava at home

If you're buying Cava to enjoy at home, there are some easy ways to make the most of it. Store it in the fridge, but avoid drinking it too cold. Removing it from the fridge around ten minutes before serving allows the wine to start warming up, and that will allow you to taste the flavours a lot more intensely.

For leftover wine, I'd suggest investing in a specialised bottle stopper to keep it bubbly.

Drink cava soon after you buy it, or it will lose flavour. Cava is aged to achieve its distinctive flavour, so is at its peak for drinking when you buy it. 

Head to the Port House website for more info on the new location. 

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