From special occasions to everyday get togethers, you can upgrade any gathering without a lot of extra work by serving delicious pairings of small bites and sparkling wines.

Be advised that when it comes to great bubbly, you don’t need to spend a lot of money to get a great bottle. For a delicious, wallet-friendly option, try serving Cava, a Spanish sparkling wine made using the same traditional method as Champagne.

One Cava producer offering top-quality sparkling wines is Poema, a family-owned producer that farms its grapes sustainably. Not everyone might be ready for small gatherings quite yet, but when you are, let this quick Cava guide help you plan it: check out the winery’s suggested food pairings for some of its top wines. These will have you covered for each course of the meal:

Getting Things Started

Remember that guests often arrive hungry, so have your appetizer spread ready to go. Look for a sparkling wine that’s versatile enough to pair nicely with most tapas and light appetizers, such as Poema Cava Brut, a sparkler boasting fresh citrus, mineral, and Granny Smith apple aromas with toasted bread notes.

Before your guests sit down, start them off with this Brut-style Cava alongside favorite light bites such as roasted potatoes, olive tapenade, jamón, and Manchego cheese served with fresh crusty bread, stuffed mushrooms, shrimp fritters, or even oysters and other seafood.

Poema Brut and seafood, Cava, wine and food
Photo by The Coastal Confidence, Aubrey Yandow

The Main Course

Consider a wine that pairs well with different main course options, such as Poema Cava Brut Rosé, which features fresh notes of strawberry, raspberry, and rose petals and a balanced acidity that keeps the wine light and fresh.

Whether you’re serving a casual meal of build-your-own sandwiches with cold cuts and lightly smoked fish, or you’re barbecuing lean meats, this versatile wine will work for many casual style meals. For an added bonus, consider a picnic style theme with a checkered tablecloth.

A Fizzy Sweet Finish

Don’t disappoint those with a sweet tooth by neglecting the dessert course! Whether you’re serving creamy custard, sponge cake, chocolate truffles, or brownies, consider pairing with the sweeter-tasting Poema Cava Dulce, which can be enjoyed alongside dessert or served alone as a refreshing aperitif.

Upgrading your next gathering doesn’t have to require a lot of time or stress. The addition of some high-quality sparkling wine will make an everyday gathering more festive and more memorable.

Poema Cava Dulce, dessert pairing with wine, sparkling, bubbles
Photo by The Coastal Confidence, Aubrey Yandow

Veteran wine publicist for Kobrand Wine & Spirits with WSET 2 certification. Lover of wine, crafty cocktails, foodie, high fashion and a good workout

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