Making an Average Afternoon Sparkling

When ample light is streaming in through the large windows, you’d be hard-pressed to find a nicer location for a glass of wine than Bar Sajor in Pioneer Square. Matt Dillon’s newest spot is a lovely afternoon stop for something sparkling. In this case, the Jane Ventura Cava ($8). Spain’s signature contribution to the world of sparkling wine, Cava can be cheap and cheerful or have a little more sizzle, like the Jane Ventura.

At Bar Sajor, your glass of Cava will arrive not in a Champagne flute but a white wine glass. I’m biased towards the flute as I’m fond of the display of cascading bubbles it provides. But it’s easier to appreciate the aromas of a wine like the Jane Ventura served in a standard white wine glass. There is a trend among sommeliers to serve Champagne in glassware designed for Chardonnays or Pinot Noirs for this reason, but most likely at Bar Sajor the white wine glass is a more casual vessel that can do double-duty with wine both still and sparkling.

And while sparkling wine is delightful on its own, it’s also one of the most versatile wines when it comes to food pairing. Oysters, fish, chicken, cured meats? No problem. Cava is also a vegetable-loving wine.

The bulk of sparkling wine is saved for special occasions and celebrations. I suggest you flip that script and enjoy a glass of Cava to make some random afternoon memorable.

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