Food The WineKnitter Vol. 25 No. 04 Wine

Bubbles & Truffles

Cava and chocolate truffles, why not?

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One doesn’t need a special occasion to pop the cork of sparkling wine, or indulge in rich and decadent chocolate truffles. The combination of both truly becomes the occasion!

There is no lack of wine samples and other goodies that arrive at my doorstep daily.  But when I received a sampling of Cava Sparkling wines in very festive bottles, I just had to pair them with a sample box of chocolate truffles.

Photo credit: Penny Weiss

Vilarnau is a small, handcrafted cava house. It is located just outside of Barcelona in Spain’s Catalonia region, where high-quality cavas are produced.  The Vilarnau family settled here in the 12th century, with their country home surrounded by grapevines. The first cava labeled Vilarnau was made in 1949 from grapes grown on the family’s estate.  Today, the estate is part of González Byass, a family-owned collection of wineries founded in 1835.

Cava sparkling wine is made using the Méthode Traditionnelle, the same method used in the Champagne district of France, where the second fermentation takes place in the bottle.  The three main grapes used in cava production are Macabeu, Parellada, and Xarel.lo.

Vilarnau Brut Reserva NV,  DO Cava

This cava is a blend of 50% Macabeo, 35% Parellada, and 15% Xarel.lo.  Aging is over 15 months on the lees. 
Nose: Pronounced aromas of pear, apple, stone fruit, and lemon.
Palate: Beautiful apple, stone fruit, and pear notes continue with floral and long, persistent bubbles.  It is creamy and rich, with a hint of lemon and biscuits lingering on the finish.
Alcohol: 11.5%
SRP: $14.99

Vilarnau Rosé Delicat Brut Reserva NV,  DO Cava

This cava is a blend of 85% Garnacha and 15% Pinot Noir.  Aging is over 15 months on the lees. 
Nose: Vibrant aromas of floral, ripe red berries, and a hint of cherry.
Palate: It has a fresh and creamy mouthfeel with fine bubbles and layers of strawberry, raspberry, citrus, and a touch of brioche.
Alcohol:  12%
SRP: $15.99

Delysia Chocolatier is an artisan chocolate company based in Austin, Texas.   Chef-owner and Chocolatier Nicole Patel has been handcrafting chocolate truffles since the company was founded in 2008. Nicole was named 2020’s Best Chocolatier in the Americas.  

I received a box of the “Love You Mom” 16-piece limited edition chocolate truffle assortment. I admit I am a confessed chocoholic and quite critical of chocolate confections.  And to put it mildly, my palate is still singing from tasting these handcrafted beauties! They are amazing!  

The “Love You Mom” assortment includes:

Lemon curd apricot chocolate truffles made with infused sweet wine, grated lemon, and apricot.

Rose orange blossom chocolate truffles infused with orange blossom, a hint of rose, and caramel.

Raspberry rose petal chocolate truffles made with English rosehips, hibiscus, and tart raspberry.

Spiced lemon earl grey chocolate truffles made with citrus, baking spices, tea, and currents.

Price: $55.95

To quote Delysia.com, “We use only the finest quality chocolate from sustainable sources and freshest ingredients to create something unique, something memorable, something remarkable.”   Check out their website here.  Products are only available online.

Whether you are celebrating Mother’s Day, springtime, graduations, or a “just because” moment, these bubbles and truffles are a festive way to go!

Photo credit: Penny Weiss

Until next time…

Cheers!
Penny

Penny is a wine, spirits, food, and travel writer. Her sensory examination and evaluation of wine and food are noteworthy. Penny has a popular website called The WineKnitter that takes you with her to discover wine/spirits, travel, food, and culture worldwide. She began her serious foray into the world of wine in the early 1980s, where she was part of three very successful family-owned restaurants in NYC and "cut her teeth,” so to speak, with wines such as Petrus, Chateau Margaux, Chateau Haut Brion, Cristal, etc. Penny has an extensive presence on many social media sites, and her education is ongoing with wine seminars, wine tastings, and culinary delights from around the world. She studied at the Wine & Spirits Education Trust, completed WSET Level 2 Certification with Distinction, and is continuing with Level 3, advanced certification in wine. Penny is a member of The Wine Media Guild.

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