Cava Pairing Tips

Sparkling wine is often times relegated to being served with only appetizers and desserts, but in reality, it is a remarkably versatile beverage that can be served throughout the meal! Here are some tips for successful pairings and some suggestions to try for yourself.

Cava acts as a palate cleanser when paired with fried food and dishes with rich sauces. The crisp acidity and bubbles cut through fatty flavors, refreshing the palate for the next bite.

• Buttermilk batter onion rings
• Chile-spiced deep fried calamari
• Spring vegetable frito misto
• Tempura shrimp
• Linguine in mushroom cream sauce
• Beignets

Rich Textures
The round, toasty mid-palate and richness of sparkling wine stands up well to many rich foods.

• Roast Pumpkin Ravioli with mascarpone
• Foie gras
• Triple crème or hard aged cheese
• New potatoes with garlic
• Wild mushroom ravioli

Smooth & Silky
For a refreshing contrast to smooth, silky food textures, cava's effervescence adds an interesting textural dimension.

• Creamy butternut squash soup
• Triple cream brie
• Seared foie gras

Acid, Tart & Tangy
Bright, high-noted flavors in food require sweetness, acid, or both, in wine. High acid food elements reduce the perceived acidity of sparkling wine, bringing the fruit forward.

• Ceviche
• Salad with vinaigrette
• Oysters with mignonette
• Tomato bruschetta
• Nicoise salad
• Eggs Benedict

The crisp acidity in sparkling wine is essential to balancing salty foods.

• Marinated olives
• Caesar salad
• Oysters or caviar
• Parmesan, feta or chèvre
• Marinated olives
• Mixed nuts
• Potato chips

Pan-Pacific & Spicy
The fruit forward quality in sparkling wine provides an ideal foil for spicy foods:

• Mussels with coconut curry
• Pad Thai
• Shrimp satay with peanut sauce
• Fire cracker shrimp with mango salsa
• Shrimp fra diavolo
• Sichuan Dan Dan noodles

The luxurious texture and fresh flavors of sparkling wine present the ultimate marriage for crustaceans and shellfish.

• Crab with tamarind sauce
• Grilled lemongrass shrimp
• Oysters with mignonette
• Roasted mussels, lobster, or crab
• Raw seafood platter

Cava can even be a lovely partner to meats such as pork or duck as the acidity provides a nice balance and also pairs wonderfully with the typical fruit accompaniments.

• Pork chops topped with grilled peaches
• Roasted duck breast with cherry chutney

Eggs are picky when choosing a wine partner, but they love cava!

• Scrambled eggs and smoked salmon
• Quiche Lorraine