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Featured Recipe Pairing
Oysters with Cracked Pepper Mignonette
Shucking oysters is a straightforward process when you have the proper equipment: an oyster knife, a clean kitchen towel and a bowl to capture any drops of the delicious liquor that may spill out as you are opening the shells. Once you have inserted the knife into the oyster hinge, rotate it as you would a door knob to pry the joint apart.
Cava is Spain’s answer to Champagne. By
law, it must be made in the same painstaking
way as its French counterpart—with the
secondary fermentation (the one that creates
the bubbles) happening within each
sealed bottle. In a market that’s dominated
by a few giant industrial wineries, cava is not
often thought of as an artisanal product, but
impressive bottlings are indeed crafted by
smaller producers. This sparkler is created in
a medieval Catalan farmhouse in the town of
Torroelles de Foix in the Penedès region just
south of Barcelona. Montsarra’s vineyards lie
between 800 and 1,000 feet above sea level,
where they are protected against strong
Mediterranean winds by the mountains of La
Llacuna. The soil here is calcareous, giving
the wines the finesse they’re known for. The
blend features the classic white grapes of the
Penedès: Macabeo gives the wine its character,
and Parellada and Xarello provide aroma
and structure, respectively.
Featuring lemon, Key lime, grapefruit and a hint of pine needle, this cava has
a refreshingly bright perfume.
The Montsarra tastes of green apple with a drizzle of lemon juice and an
underlying mineral texture.
Like any well-made, complex sparkling wine, cava is a terrific aperitif on its
own. However, the Montsarra’s bright natural acidity and medium-bodied palate
make it an excellent match with hors d’oeuvres like oysters on the half shell or
goug.res. Dry with a hint of sweetness, it can also accompany a first course
of vegetables, shellfish or fish in a light, citrusy sauce. For great pairings, try
dishes like Crab Cakes with Lemon Aioli or Tuna Tartare with Sesame; find the
recipes at williams-sonoma.com.
Serve well chilled: refrigerate the bottle for 45 minutes before serving.
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