Summertime meals often center on outdoor dining and food prepared on the grill. Our weekend away in the country was a shining example of such an evening. Our hosts grilled up lamb and veggie kabobs, while a fellow guest brought zucchini “pasta” salad with pesto. And, we provided the bubbles.
A trio of Cavas from Segura Viudas added a celebratory note to dinner and paired well with the al fresco meal. Owned by the Ferrer family in the heart of Cava country (in Sant Sadurna d’Anoia, near Barcelona, Spain), this wine estate dates to the 11th century and is home to over 100 years of winemaking.
The Segura Viudas Brut NV ($10.00 SRP) was a great way to kick-off our summer weekend. This traditional style wine brings together the three indigenous Cava varieties – Macabeo, Parellada, Xarello – and is aged for 15 months for on the lees. As a result, the wine offers up yeasty aromas, along with notes of apple and nectarine. It has medium acidity and medium length.
We then moved on to the Segura Viudas Brut Rosé NV ($10.00 SRP), a blend of 90% Trepat and 10% Garnacha, with a minimum of 12 months aging on the lees before disgorgement. Bright cherry aromas greet the nose, while the dry palate is nice and round with flavors of cherries, strawberries and a hint of earthiness, with long length. Garnering much praise from the group, the Brut Rosé’s red fruit notes gave it sufficient body, texture and intensity to pair especially well with the lamb.
Our last wine of the night was the Segura Viudas Gran Cuvée Reserva NV ($14.00 SRP), which is a new venture for the estate and coincides with a repackaging of the full line. Made only in exceptional years, this blend of traditional Macabeo and Parellada grapes is topped off with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir before spending 15 months aging on the lees. This wine is much more similar in style to Champagne with its very yeasty, toasty aromas and flavors and long length. It definitely attracted the attention of the assembled diners and was very well received.
While not tasted at the same time, the Four Secrets Sparkling Shiraz from South Africa ($20.00 SRP) is another great option for enjoying with summertime barbecue meals. This lovely sparkling red wine gets its name from being a blend of four vintages of fruit from the same vineyard. It is slightly off-dry on the palate, with bright red fruit, but is well balanced and finishes cleanly and provides a nice alternative to the usual sparkling suspects.