Did you know that for a bottle of bubbly to be called champagne, the grapes have to be harvested specifically from the Champagne region in France? That doesn’t mean that other regions don’t produce great bubbly vino – au contraire. Let me introduce you to Freixenet – a wine-growing estate in the Penedès (Spain). The estate was established in the 1600’s and produces several varieties of sparkling wines.
New Year’s is a great time to enjoy a glass, but why wait? There are so many occasions in life to celebrate – birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, kids back in school, etc. You get the idea.
You can enjoy Freixenet sparkling wine in a glass or you can use it to make a tasty little cocktail, like the Cava Julep shown below made with Freixenet’s Cordon Negro Brut Cava.
- 4 oz Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut Cava
- 2 oz bourbon whiskey
- 1 tsp superfine sugar
- 6 mint leaves
Combine 4 mint leaves with the sugar, blueberries and a few drops of
water, and muddle well. Add the bourbon, and stir well. Strain into a
Collins glass; add ice cubes and the cava. Garnish with 2 mint leaves, and serve.
Recipe Notes***Recipe courtesy of Freixenet.
The bubbly wines are nice in a cocktail or on their own served with some cheese and grapes.
Another sweet little option is line the rim of your wine glasses with some sugar. Place some frozen berries in the bottom of your glasses and then pour Freixenet Cordon Rosado on top.
“Wine makes every meal an occasion, every table more elegant, every day more civilized.”
― Andre Simon
What’s your next special occasion?
Remember to always drink responsibly.0