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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...

  • 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"...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Tempranillo

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

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  • Brianda de Aragón Cava Brut Nature Reserva NV

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    Pale golden in color, very light. The nose is earthy with a woodiness that could be mistaken for cork, but give way to light wood, yeast and minerals with a touch of citrus. Nice bubble structure though a bit big. The palate is lime like with a light creaminess, some yeast, and a pleasant finish. Nice little wine. 3/5 [NR] Read More

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  • Enric Nadal Rigol Cava Nadal Brut NV

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    Medium golden color. The nose show's dark honey, walnut, marzipan, and coconut. Dry in the mouth it has a fine sparkle. Flavors fo yeast, light wood, melon rind, honey, and lingering on the finish a bit of raw almond. 3.5/5 [NR] Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Mont Marçal Cava Semi-Seco Reserva NV

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    11.5% Lightly golden with yellow hints, and medium to large bubbles. The nose is musty with creamy almond aromas and a strong presence of honey. In the bubbles are a bit big though it does ahve a creamy mouthfeel with only a slight sweetness. Flavors of honeycomb, citrus, and raw nuts are surrounded by a lightly earthy richness. Flavorful and en... Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Alsina & Sardá Cava Brut Nature 1998

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    Light honey gold with medium sized bubbles. Nose is strong of honey, almonds and cream. On the palate it shows a good acidity with the primary flavors being honey, marzipan, and apple like citrus. Alt=3 c5a11t13o6=85 [85] Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Roger Goulart Cava Brut Nature 2001

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    Light staw with strong efffervensence. Lime with a light breadnote, and faint yeast. Med body with a light sweetness to start that quickly fades into the distance. Lime and oragnew ith a light woodiness and some bread notes. Very tasty with a subtle elegance and a delicate complexity.Very nice wine. C5+A12+T15+O7=89 [89] Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


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