Date(s) - December 9, 2020
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Online Champagne and Cava Tasting!
The holiday season is approaching, so we are legally obliged to drink some bubbly. But which one? I suggest we sample these two tasty sparklers:
– A classic Cava from Catalonia – for example Flama d’Or Brut
– A genuine Champagne, “brut nature” version (ie drier than usual)
I’ll explain how they are all made, let you know what flavours you are supposed to be experiencing, and tell you a bunch of amazing stories about the geography and history of these fascinating regions. You’ll be able to access the tasting notes, maps and photos on your smartphones.
Along the way you’ll learn some crucial info and tips: How should you open the bottle? Who invented the traditional method? What’s the best way to keep sparkling wine? Brut / Zero / Sec…which “dosage” should you choose? Why is the cork that funny shape? When were the best vintages? Where do the best value Champagnes come from? All these questions and many more will be answered as we “taste the stars” (as Dom Perignon described it).
As always I will employ photos, maps and diagrams to help explain everything about these delicious tipples. This is an amazing chance to really compare and contrast styles and flavours.
You should set yourselves up with some accompanying food – my suggestions are:
– Salty snacks like crisps and nuts
– Seafood, e.g. smoked salmon or prawns
– Double or triple fat cheese, such as Brie or Brillat-Savarin respectively
– Salami or pâté
– Strawberries, fruit tarts or buttery biscuits
With years of experience living in viticultural regions, importing and exporting wine, and running bars and wine shops, Sean has a lifetime of information, opinion and stories to share.
You can read some of his unique articles on subjects like how to find great wines for cheaper prices and woman in the wine industry on his blog at winetastrs.
Sean runs occasional activities which are beloved by the many regular participants. They focus on wine, beer and Cognac tastings, held around a theme such as country of origin, food pairing or finding more esoteric links with wine; for example mythology, art or veganism.