Battle of the Bubbles: Prosecco, Cava & Champagne | Amelia Singer | Jamie Oliver’s Drinks Tube
Hello, welcome to Drinks Tube. My name is
Amelia Singer and I’m a wine enthusiast because, quite frankly, I love wine. Today we’re going
to be looking at bubbles. Cava, Prosecco and Champagne. You need to know what is going
on in your glass. Bring on the battle of the bubbles! Seriously, it’s camera shy! Prosecco is called Prosecco because it’s from
Prosecco. It’s in this tiny little area in the Veneto region of Italy. There’s lots of
sunshine which therefore gives warmth to those grapes so that’s why you get lower acidity
and why you get some wonderful honeysuckle notes as well as peaches, pear drops. You
know those like those old fashioned sweets you get in jars and weighed out on scales,
it is like those pear drops. I like to think of wines as having their own stories, own
personalities. And I would definitely definitely describe a Prosecco as a Ryan Gosling. Cos
he’s cute, he’s affable, he’s charming, everybody loves him and he is flavour of the month.
Prosecco is so so popular. Do you want something fruity, soft bubbles and very easy to drink
then grab yourself a Prosecco. It’s just pure fun and yum! I hate being filmed doing this! Cava is actually awesome. Its from Spain,
the majority comes from Catalonia. Why is that important? It’s important because it
has wonderful sunshine. Acidity, but not the same amount of acidity as Champagne. Its a
blend of three grapes: Parellada which gives it a kind of appley/pear, Macabeo, bit boring,
and most importantly Xarel.lo, it kind of gives it a little earthiness, rubbery-ness.
You don’t get maybe that much on the nose but on the taste…oh yeah! You get that apple
but then there’s something else going on, something a bit nasty or Jennifer Lawrence
said in American Hustle, “sexily rotten”. It’s just like…oh yeah. So if I was giving
a personality type to Cava I’d say it’s a Colin Farrell. Easy on the eye but there’s
something else going on there and you definitely don’t want to take him home to your parents. Champagne comes with a lot of connotations, imagery, associations. You do think of it as, when you have a big success, when you’re doing well in life you’ve got to have a glass
of Champagne. Generally with Champagne this is complex, finicky, long method of production.
All of the grapes are picked by hand, all just from that Champagne region in France.
It’s a lot colder therefore you have higher acidity, much more refined texture, the bubbles
last for a lot longer on the palate and it can be a bit of work. It’s not to everyone’s
taste. If I had to give a personality to Champagne I would say it would be definitely Christian
Bale. He’s sleek, he seems so together, structured, refined and yet he could have a freak out
at any second. He is just complexity after complexity. And some people love it, they
love the challenge. Other people, its just too much hard work, just give me the Prosecco
or the Ryan Gosling! What I really hope I can emphasise to you
today in this battle of the bubbles is that there’s not one better bubble than another.
It’s just down to your own personal preference. Just embrace what you like and enjoy.