Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year

What could be better than starting the new year with a bottle of my favorite sparkling wine,  Kripta Gran Reserva Brut Nature.  The Agusti Torello Mata Cava is one of Spain's finest Cava producers. Only 20% of the estates production is exported.
Aged in the bottle for over 60 months, the Kripta is a blend of 45% Macabeu, 20% Xarello and 35% Parellada from 60-plus year old vines. The color is a bright yellow with a lovely brioche and yeasty bouquet along with a hint of lemon.  It is packaged in a bottle with a rounded bottom designed so that it cannot be placed on the table. 
Along with the Cava, we had Rosti, Swedish potato pancakes.  I know, I did not make them from scratch!  I buy a few boxes at Ikea and they are wonderful.  There are eight to a box.  Bake them for 20 minutes and then fry them in a skillet with a little olive oil, browning on each side.
Serve with some Creme Fraiche (one part sour cream and one part heavy whipping cream. Mix well and let sit overnight on the counter) and caviar.  Can't get any better than this.

Happy New Year and the best to all of you for an exceptional 2015!

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