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Cava is the D.O. (Denominacion de Origen) given to sparkling wines made in the Methode Traditionelle anywhere in Spain. However, most of the finest production of Cava is made in the Penedes region in the northeast, near Barcelona. Production began there after the Phylloxera virus killed most of the red grapes that had been growing for centuries. José Raventos had the idea of planting white grapes, which thrive well in the chalky, clay-topped soil found in the Penedes, and began making Spanish sparkling wines influenced by Champagne styles. As a result, like Champagne, Cava is produced in styles with varying degrees of sweetness, vintage and non-vintage, and rosados. 

For the most part, the classic Cava grapes are Macabeo, Paralleda and Xarell-lo. However, some Champagne grapes have been known to enter the mix, like Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Fun fact: Macabeo is fairly bland on its own, but its large percentage in the blend is attributed to the very guarantee of its existence. Because it Read more »

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  • Tempranillo

    History of the grape: Origins of Tempranillo are murky. It could be indigenous to the Spanish countryside, or it coul...

  • Parellada

    Common synonyms: Martorella, Montonec, Montonech, Montonega, Montonego, Montoneo, Montonero, Parellada blanc, Perel...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Macabeo

    Macabeo is Spain’s most widely planted grape. From there, it has made its way to southern France’s Roussillon region,...

  • Grenache

    You’re a member of the ‘Rhône Ranger’ band. Your groupies think you’re ‘hot’, even when you're boozy and "strung out"...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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Cava on Snooth

  • Understand your frustration when you say "I feel this train of thought is ... is ... other than 50 Great Cavas which only judges Cava then write and tell us if you feel we are manipulating scores.As said earlier we did not post here to debate points and wine competitions but  rather we were hoping to get across to wine lovers on Snooth that q... Read More

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  • Flimsily? The competition has been running since 2011 and you can see the ... for 50 Great Cavas cannot and should not be compared to scores of other competitions. Why would anyone do that?We are about to release the results for a second annual wine competition titled 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the World and there you can see how Cava fairs ag... Read More

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  • Understood about how you're sharpening the focus down on only Cava. Still not understood about how you want to use that flimsily numbered rating scheme, likely for comparisons to other types of wine. Cava is not champagne, and if you want to use those points you give it as a way to push up against champagne, 'disingenuous' is a word that again r... Read More

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  • Thanks OT Would be very interested to see what you find in your local wine store re Cava. Which part of the world are you in? Read More

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  • The 50 Great Cava tastings were done blind by a panel of wine experts. Each expert tasted the wines according to dosage and ageing and took notes and gave scores for colour, aromas, taste, balance, acidity and a host of other criteria. The experts then discussed their tasting notes, agreed on a score for each Cava, and decided which should be aw... Read More

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  • I'm not doubting the qualifications of the judges or the competition in ... ... to see what they have in Cav Read More

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  • Exactly. That means I can have a tasting of grocery store Cabernets under $15 ... ... perhaps.  A perfect Cava is not close in quality to a Latour of any vintage. It's arbitrary issuing of scores like that which make following wine scores useless.I can understand gold and double gold medals, best of class, best of show as they apply to competi... Read More

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  • Only Cavas were tasted in this competition and in no way should scores be compared to other competions or scores awarded to other sparkling wines produced in regions other than in Spain. Cavas were tasted and scored according to 8 categories and in the case of Reina Mª Cristina Blanc de Noirs (2012) it was tasted within the concept of Brut Gran ... Read More

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  • Wine Pleasures has published the results for its annual wine competition 50 Great Cavas.Adernats XC (2008) and Codorníu Reina Mª Cristina Blanc de Noirs (2012) win Gold and receive scores of 98 points8 producers (Agustí Torelló Mata, Cava Bertha, Gramona, Juvé & Camps, Mas Codina, Pago de Tharys, Sumarroca& Vallformosa) win gold scoring 97 point... Read More

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  • Gramona III Lustros Gran Reserva Brut Nature 2006


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  • For everybody planing to visit the Cava and Wine Show in Barcelona 2010 can check this out Personally I found really good deal!

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  • Good to see you've featured a few delicious brut nature Cavas, my favourite, i.e. the ones with no added sugar! Might be too dry for some at first but, once you're hooked, there's no going back to regular "brut", which taste almost sweet in comparison. See my Cava mini-guide for more "...lesser-known sparkling gems including these 10 stand-out C...

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