Monday, March 26, 2012

Mad About Cava

The "Mad Men" TV series has both my wife and me hooked since the first episode. So it goes without saying, we were ready to celebrate the end of their nearly 18-month hiatus, with the season five premiere on Sunday night. Something with bubbles was in order to pair with a few charcoal grilled shrimp skewers. For the Wine Armada, Cava, the sparkling wine of Spain, was the obvious answer.

In keeping with the "Mad Men" theme, I hauled a bottle out of the cargo hold with an incredibly appropriate label. Once the cork was popped, Masach Lunatic Brut Cava exploded with aromas of fresh-cut limes and wet stones. More citrus, with some honey and ginger notes, came through on the palate, finishing with lively acidity that carried through to a clean, refreshing finish. For under $10, Cava once again establishes its place as one of the wine world's top bargains.

While we chose Spain's sparkler for a special occasion, Cava is right anytime, anywhere. Food friendliness, low alcohol levels and universal availability are all reasons to keep at least one bottle on hand.

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