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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...

  • Grenache

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

  • Macabeo

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Tempranillo

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

  • 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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  • Reina Ma Cristina Blanc de Noirs Reserva Codorniu Cava Brut 2014


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Pares Balta Brut Nature


    Decent, organically sourced Cava; nice effervescent which keeps on bubbling - better than some Champagne in this regard. Tends to citric notes (lemon peel, with some root-like bitterness). Less balanced than past incarnations, but decent value. Clean. 86. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

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


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    Wine review by alabamadoc

  • Marques de la Concordia Mm Reserva de la Familia Brut Nature Cava 2012


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • There are so many great Vintage wines present in Napa Valley, which are ... ... ... discouragement. Spanish Cava is also made in the traditional method, so you tend to get a lot of value out of these Champagne counter parts.2.    Charmat MethodThis method is commonly used to make Prosecco, patented in the late 19th century. After the initial ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The Best Vintage Winery in...

  • Welcome to Snooth Gina. House wines. Judging from the Cava your serving, I'd recommend the wines of Columbia Crest Winery and Chateau Ste. Michelle. Both are made in Washington State and offer a complete line of wines at different price points that are good for their price range.  Read More

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  • Bonjour!Please accept my introduction today. Currently, I am Proprietor of La ... been the Castellblanch Cava.  As you know it provides a fresh and airy taste. Am very interested in choosing a "house wine" in each category (a cabernet sauvignon, a red blend, a pinot noir, a chardonnay and a sauvignon blanc) which would be my daily go to. Somet... Read More

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  • Vallformosa Cava Brut Pinot Noir Col.leccio 2011


    Now we're talking! What a Rosé, what pleasure! Read More

    Wine review by Henk La Garriga

  • Roger Goulart Cava Brut Gran Reserva 2011


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    Wine review by Richard NL

  • Roger Goulart Cava Brut Rose Gran Reserva 2011


    Smooth cherry and watermelon aromas with a floral note and some cranberry. More cherry on the palate with a syrupy texture and dark spice, zesty acidity and buoyant palate of fresh bubbles, this becomes a bit tart towards the finish, ending with a clean cranberry and herb note. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • 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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    Comment by 562277MarkJohanson 562277 MarkJohanson

  • 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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