About the food & Pairing:Crispy Beet Chips with Cherry Tomatoes, Mango, and Radish
Beets are not a particularly wine-friendly food, but, much depends on the cooking technique used, as well as what accompanies the earthy root on the plate. Here, the beets are shaved and deep-fried, giving them a crispiness and subtly fatty flavour which pairs beautifully to the fresh – and refreshing – bubbles of the cava. The mango adds a summery sense to the dish, and its flavour goes hand in hand with the wine’s notes of apple, limey acidity, and fruitiness.
About the Wine: Segura Viudas Heredad, Reserva Brut Cava Spain
Lucky us, there are still a few bottles of this pre-holiday release from Segura at the LCBO. The bottle itself – with its festive silvery decorations – is worth the investment ($32.95), but what’s inside is even more impressive. Cava is usually perceived as the cheap and cheerful option among other sparkling wines, but in this case you receive a prestige, elegant, high quality wine of good length, and complexity, with bubbles that are lively and expressive. Grab a bottle or two before they run out.