Despite the false belief that sparkling wine is a relatively recent trend, it actually dates back to the 1st century when the traditional drink was produced in the Champagne region to be consumed at the coronation festivities of the French monarchs. Perhaps for this reason sparkling wine was ‘pigeonholed’ the favourite beverage of the aristocracy. Nevertheless, the idea that fizz is only drunk on special or ‘grand’ occasions is now a thing of the past. Nowadays we drink bubbles anywhere, anytime – at lunchtime, between meals, in the bar, as a sundowner… It’s perfect for drinking on its own, or with a good meal, as it provides acidity and adds balance to the dishes, as well as a delicate and intense aroma that produces a refreshing sensation on the palate.
Cava and Champagne
Cava and Champagne are both sparkling wines produced with very similar processes, however they are very different wines; the climate, soil, grape varieties or legal standards governing their production, give these two sparkling wines their distinct personalities.
The Bedrinks catalogue contains a large selection of sparkling wines. Cavas with limited production and great quality such as Ninna de Nuit or Sogas Mascaró. Prestigious Cava brands like Juvé & Camps with its Gran Reserva de la Familia, Milesimé, Gran Juvé or La Capella, among others, all produced using the ancestral traditional method. Or the hundred-year-old Cava Llopart winery, which has recently broken ties with the Cava D.O. (Protected Designation of Origin) to form part of the Asociación de Viticultores y Elaboradores Corpinnat (Association of Wine Producers and Growers CORPINNAT). Both winemakers produce their wines with organic certification. Bedrinks also offers a wide selection of French Champagne, including the ubiquitous Veuve Clicquot, true to its heritage and Madame Clicquot’s motto ‘Just one quality: the finest’. Another essential is Moët & Chandon, an icon of success and glamour since 1743, its Vintage labels are among some of the best. Not to mention Ruinart, the oldest Champagne house in the world, or Krug with its legendary Grande Cuvée and Clos Du Mesnil. And finally, we can’t forget to mention the indispensable Champagnes such as Dom Pérignon with its Brut Vintage and P2, Armand de Brignac or Louis Roederer, and obviously, the most famous of all: Cristal. Deep, intense and flawless. Juvé & Camps Cavas are organically produced. BEDRINKS There has been a growing trend lately for Ice Champagne. Serve your bubbles over plenty of ice embellished with fresh fruit or vegetables, or whatever else takes your fancy, and voila – the perfect drink for an Ibizan summer night. Some of the brands that have opted for this trend are Moët & Chandon with its Ice Impérial and Veuve Clicquot Rich, both available in brut and rosé versions. Champagne on the rocks is the perfect drink for sipping while you watch the sun set over the sea. Other sparkling classics are the British brand Nyetimber with its Classic Cuvée produced with a coupage of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, as well as the Italian Prosecco from the winery Raphael Dal Bo.