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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"...

  • Tempranillo

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

  • 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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Cava on Snooth

  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Bubbles - Champagne and...

  • 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

    Forum post in the topic California Sparkling Matchup

  • 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

    Forum post in the topic A Taste of California Wine...

  • Posidonia Cava Brut Reserva Bodega Bosamaria NV


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  • 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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