With Valentine’s Day just under two weeks away, we thought we’d take a look at a couple of offers from Codorniu, Spain’s first ever Cava producer, who have a really nice selection of wines at outstanding prices available for Valentine’s Day.
Prosecco, which originated from northeast Italy, has been around for what seems to be a long time now and has become extremely popular with those looking for some sparkle and fizz to toast a celebration or enjoy at a party or event at an affordable price.
Well, there is an alternative to the much loved Prosecco in the form of the Spanish cava, a premium sparkling wine, which was first made in 1872 by Josep Raventós at Codorniu after working for a while in the cellars at Taittinger in Champagne.
Cava is also much closer in taste to Champagne than Prosecco and offers a quality, complexity and dry, savoury food-friendliness which Prosecco is simply not able to do to the same extent.
The reason being that the Mèthode Tradicional, by which Cava is made, is almost identical to the Méthode Champenoise, providing many layers of savoury fruit and biscuity spice. This makes it the perfect drink to enjoy with your loved one on Valentine’s Day.
What’s the best way to enjoy it you may ask? We would recommend a plate of cured ham, accompanied with some olives, a few slices of hard cheese, perhaps Manchego or Comté, helping to elevate the delicate flavours and bring out all the sweet fruit in this premium Cava.
So, if you would like to give a Spanish Cava a try this Valentine’s Day, we would suggest a bottle of Anna di Codorniu Cava Brut, which is a modern take on the traditional blend, for the most part created with premium Catalan Chardonnay fruit. It works superbly with runny cheeses and is Spain’s most-loved and number one best-selling fizz, which is available here in the UK at £11.99 a bottle at Waitrose.
Alternatively, you may prefer a more conventional pink sparkling wine. In which case you can try the Codorniu Rosado Brut, made entirely from Monastrell, also known as Mourvèdre in France, recognised for its rich red fruit flavours and clovey spice. This is also available to buy at Waitrose, priced at just £9.49 a bottle.
To find out more about Codorniu, please visit their website at: www.codorniu.com
Simon Burrell is Editor of Our Man On The Ground, a member of The British Guild of Travel Writers and professional photographer.
Photographs courtesy of Codorniu