Monday, January 16, 2012

Freixenet 'Friday' + a Giveaway!

I realize it’s not actually Friday – but it’s Monday. To help us all get through the day, let’s just pretend it is Friday, OK?

And there's really no better way to celebrate "Friday" than with a glass of chilled champagne (or sparkling wine).

I'm not normally a sparkling wine girl - I tend to love my non-bubbly vino or beer. But sometimes, it's nice to dramatically pop open a bottle of the bubbly stuff and raise a glass with friends. There's something elegant and refreshing about enjoying a glass of it.

So, when the folks at Freixenet asked me to try some of their sparkling wines from Spain, I happily obliged. Freixenet sent me a bottle of their Cordon Negro Brut ($12) and Cordon Negro Extra Dry ($12) to sample. We popped open the extra dry one night when Z had some friends over - the flavor was ultra fizzy, wonderfully citrus-y, and slightly fruity. I was a big fan (as was Z and his friends).

We decided to use the Brut (Freixenet's most popular cava, and the number one imported sparkling wine in the world) in cocktails - Z simply mixed it with lemonade, orange juice and lime juice. The end result was a bubbly, fruity cocktail that was delightfully refreshing. The dry Brut also helped to cut some of the sweetness from the juices, making this an easily drinkable beverage. 

Overall, I am a big fan of these two Freixenet sparkling wines, and I'm eager to try some of their other varieties. For only $12 a bottle, the quality and flavor of these wines alone are worth every penny.

As a bonus, Freixenet has also offered to do a giveaway for EE readers! Here's what you could win:

The “Freixenet Friday” package includes six elegant Freixenet fluted glasses as well as The Freixenet Social Survival Guide, a pocket reference guide for social situations. This savvy little red book is filled with common sense advice including: Ten Commandments the perfect guest or host should live by, the sophisticate’s guide to tipping, ordering wine with confidence, quick fix-its on the fly: stains, fallen hems and broken heels, from work to play: 18 hours of style for those working from “nine to wine."

To enter, we're doing some cava trivia. The first person to answer this question correctly wins (I'll announce the winner Friday morning): What are the three traditional cava grapes?

Good luck!


  1. Love cavas, usually made with macabeu, parellada and xarel lo grapes.

    A buddy of mine found Walmart (in Florida) clearancing their Freixenet at 0.49 per bottle. He filled up his shopping cart with every last one!

  2. macabeo, xarello, and parellada?