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Serious Eats Amateur Wine Taste-Along Report: Cava

When preparing for this tasting, some of us had to factor in the juice cleanse (no alcohol allowed, even if it's hiding in a juice) so we popped open a few bottles before embarking on that, and popped a few more after that ended (partly to celebrate the end of the cleanse!). Many of these cavas would actually taste pretty good in a glass of fresh-squeezed OJ or pineapple-mint juice as a brunch cocktail. Others, we preferred sipping on their own. More

Serious Eats Amateur Wine Taste-Along: Cava

It's easy to think, there's nothing to celebrate on this any-ole-Tuesday night, what's the occasion for bubbles? Save the special stuff for little Joey's college graduation or Mildred and Bobby's wedding. If you only associate bubbles with a pricey bottle of Krug, then that's a natural approach. It's hard to get a decent bottle of Champers for less than $25, whereas there are plenty of sub-$25 (in some cases, quite sub) sparklers that'd make for a fun, refreshing anynight bottle. More


In this cocktail from The Spotted Pig, a pineapple shrub brings the fruit fresh flavor and acidity, rather than its nectary, tropical sweetness; it's balanced by the herbal bite of gin. More

Cheers! Sparkling Wine for New Year's Eve

You can't ring in the New Year without bubbles. (Go ahead and toast with sparkling cider or a non-alcoholic punch dosed with club soda—it's the fizz that counts.) If you're not shelling out for real Champagne, there are a dizzying array of options. Luckily the Serious Eats team has sorted out the delicious from the drainpours and now present to you our top choices in bubbly for ringing in 2011. More

Affordable Sparkling Wine for Valentine's Day

Sparkling wine has long been considered an aphrodisiac. According to food historian Francine Segan, physicians in the age of Hippocrates prescribed a little bubbly "instead of the modern little blue pill." In the 1700s, Casanova seduced hundreds of lovers with the help of sparkling wine and fresh fruit. At the very least, sparkling wine is the perfect accompaniment to another famous libido-booster; the crisp, honeyed flavor of sparkling wine "matches beautifully with the oyster's salty sweetness," says Segan. More

Serious Grape: How to Preserve a Glass of Sparkling Wine

On Fridays, Deb Harkness of Good Wine Under $20 drops by with Serious Grape. This week, how to preserve a bottle of bubbly. A glass of Segura Viudas Cava Brut Rosado. If you open my fridge and there isn't a half-empty bottle of wine in it, then it's a sure sign I'm out of the country. Most often, the half-empty bottle contains sparkling wine. When I come home after work, I love a chilled glass of bubbles while I'm making dinner. I open a bottle and then I drink one perfect glass a night over the next five nights. Since I'm the only one who drinks in my house, a normal-sized bottle of bubbly lasts quite a while. Though I... More

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