Thursday, August 25, 2011

Best of both worlds - Brownies and Bubbly!

At least in my mind they are! In the world of sweet finishes you have cakes, cookies, ice cream, cheesecakes, ad infinitum. In the world of wine you have different styles as well - dry wines, sweet wines, dessert wines, crisp wines, sparkling wines, also ad infinitum.

To me brownies are the bomb of the sweet world - they are rich, moist, chewy and cross the borders of many other desserts. For instance, they are sort of cake-like, but more dense like a cheesecake, but more moist like a pudding or a stiff mousse. And, of course, they are CHOCOLATE - which is the king of the world of sweets!

Also, to me, sparkling wine is the bomb of the wine world - by nature it's a cuvee or blend and brings so many different nuances, flavors and aromas to the glass. In addition it has such zesty acidity that it can stand up against most types of food and hold its own.

So, stands to reason that they are a perfect pairing! For Valentine's Day in my house I love to make Espresso Iced Chocolate Brownies and serve them with Cristalino Brut Rose` Cava. The lucious chocolate with notes of espresso and creamy icing balance out the crisp and zingy cava with hints of berries - it's 60% Pinot Nior, 40% Trepat.

Try it for yourself and see what I mean - a match made in heaven!

Wine Spectator Wine of the Week for January 17, 2011

Posted: January 17, 2011

Jaume Serra Brut Rosé Cava Cristalino NV (85 points, $10)

"Here's a juicy rosé Cava, loaded with ripe cherry, blackberry and currant fruit, all framed by lively acidity. A good aperitif. Drink now. 50,000 cases made. From Spain."

-Alison Napjus

(Don't despair... World Market sells this wine for $7.99 - NOT the $10 listed above!)
Find it ~ Try it ~ Buy it ~ Love it!
Salud! KathyD

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