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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...

  • Macabeo

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

  • 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"...

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Chardonnay

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

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Cava on Snooth

  • 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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  • 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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  • Cava Juve Masana Brut Reserva Especial NV

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  • What you really need to look for, Greg, is that version of champers called ... ... Generally better than any Cava available then. Since then, from time to time, I'll grab a glass or bottle, mostly in Europe. Some of it's made not by the charmant method but 'traditionelle', and if you run across one, grab i Read More

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  • It was never my favorite style of wine but I do appreciate it from time to ... ... is even more interesting - Cava has the same reqs that still wines do - reserva, gran reserva, etc. The market for cava is so dominated by two firms that people think it's all $5 wine, but that's not true at all. Recently they changed the rules to allow Chardonn... Read More

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  • For something a little less apple-y, try the (even less expensive) subsidiary ... was sparkling wine:  a Cava called Dibon; I got a volume price from WineMine of $8 per bottle; people still walk up to me who are friends of my nephew and niece and tell me how good the "champagne" at the wedding was.  It was good, but a big part of what they rem... Read More

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  • We were on our way back to LA from San Luis Obisbo today (had a nice weekend at ... ... Inn), and stopped in at Cava (nice Mexican Restaurant) near Montecito. They really do have some great food there, but while eating the avocado rich food, and looking at the drinks I had to go with the Grapefruit Margarita. Was a great combination, must have... Read More

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  • Posidonia Cava Brut Reserva Bodega Bosamaria NV

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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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