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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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  • Parellada

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

  • Tempranillo

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

  • Grenache

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

  • 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,...

  • 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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  • Perelada Cava Brut Rosado Torre Galatea NV


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Stephen, any comments on the Aussie wines and their prices towards the top of ... Penedès (Spain's Cava country). The heart of this wine is the rare and beautiful Sumoll grape, which Gloria hunts determinedly, sometimes claiming just a handful of rows in vineyards normally relegated to local co-op production. Jelipins is brilliant upon release... Read More

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  • This is a drive-by, so sorry for the lack of detail. Interesting afternoon ... ... ... for example, 90% of the Cava I've ha Read More

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  • Castillo Perelada Cava Semi Seco NV


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  • Laurent-Perrier.......GOOD THINKING.....VIN0VIN0I was just saying ... friend ... friend of mine always served CAVA ROSE!!! Read More

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  • Monistrol Premium Cuvee Cava Marques de Monistrol Brut Nature Berberana 2011


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • When: Sunday December 18, 2-4 PM Where: Pierre Loti Union Square 53 Irving ... they? Are they Champagne, Cava, Prosecco, Cremant?? True, these all are sparkling wines, but very few reach the same level of finesse and elegance as the greatest Champagnes, except for Franciacorta! Franciacorta is produced in the small lake region in Lombardy, Nort... Read More

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  • Juve Y Camps Cava Brut Nature Reserva de la Familia 2011


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    Wine review by Teppo

  • Gran Bach Brut Cava NV


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  • Well it's part of Catalunya and Penedès is where they started making Cava, so you're in good shape. Barcelona isn't far from Priorat, so look for some of those wines. They tend to be expensive, but you can find a few that are reasonable. Look for smaller producers of Cava - there's some real good stuff made that doesn't get exported. You can fin... Read More

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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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