Match of the week
Eggs, chips, truffles and Cava gran reserva
You might think egg and chips was too humdrum a dish to be paired with wine but not the way the Spanish make it.
This was one of the dishes on the table at Boca Grande in Barcelona where we were taken by top Cava producer Juvé & Camps.
It’s known in Spain as huevos rotos meaning broken eggs. The basic version (recipe here) is made with home-made chips fried in olive oil, topped with an egg - or two - which are broken over the potatoes. Sometimes serrano ham is added as well.
This was a luxury version with (I would guess) fine slices of Iberico ham fat and copious amounts of truffles and was just insanely good with the rich, full-flavoured Juve & Camps 'Gran' gran reserva which is surprisingly available from Amazon for £26.68. Honestly I wouldn’t have cared if that had been the only thing on the table.
I also really liked the highly versatile Juve & Camps rosado which is pure pinot noir - and you can really taste it. It’s not, like most rosados, a standard cava which happens to be pink but has a really gorgeous summery red berry character. We drank it the next day with a diverse selection of modern tapas and it was utterly delicious. It's again available in the UK from Amazon and various independents* and in the US from wine.com
* Baileys Delicatessen; Broadway Wine Company; Chislehurst Wines; Discover Wine UK; Duncan Murray Wines; Hortic Express; Lewis & Cooper Ltd; Milestone Wines; Noble Wines; Rosso Bianco Wines
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