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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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  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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,...

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Cava on Snooth

  • Codorniu Vintage Brut Cava 2005

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    Great fizz but not enough taste to satisfy over a Champagne or English sparkling wine. Read More

    Wine review by colinrchorley


  • Freixenet Carta Nevada Brut NV

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    Somewhat larger bubbles than other cavas and a nice light golden color overall. The nose has a a light toasted quality and with some almond aromas, and lemon zest. In the mouth the wine is fully dry with a softness that leaves the mouth refreshed on the finish. Not a strong wine with delicate flavors of lemon, melon, toast and minerals. Good val... Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Segura Viudas Pinot Noir NV

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    light intensity, tropical/stone fruit, minerally, smokey.short length. Read More

    Wine review by akops41


  • Segura Viudas Pinot Noir NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by Imperial6


  • Segura Viudas Aria Estate Brut Champagne Blend NV

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    Dry, with light-med body. This wine is yeasty, with some fruit, citrus, melon and smoke characters. Read More

    Wine review by katrinnalouise


  • Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut Cava NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by erwinalemany


  • Giro Ribot Cava Brut NV

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    Light golden color with med sized bubbles. Creamy citrus nose with yeast and light apple notes. Good acidity and a full mouthfeel that is round and well polished. Citrus, yeasty bread, some green apple and more, the finish is suprisingly long for this wine. Recommened holiday treat! 3.5/5 [NR] Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Giro Ribot Cava Brut NV

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    50% Xarel.lo, 25% Chardonnay, 15% Macabeo, 10% Parellada Nice light gold color with fine bubbles. Cantelope nose with carmel, light wood, yeast and lemon confit. In the mouth this wine is silky with nice creaminess and rich complexity. Wood is evident but intregrated with carmel, citrus, melon, some light apple notes and more. Full wine big and ... Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Mestres Cava Brut Nature Millessimé 1996

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    Great wine, deeper in color than most showing golden(rich) and with super fine bubbles. The nose was pure lemon confit to me with hintsw of green peach, vanilla and light caramel. Might have been a bit oxidized. In the mouth it is soft and creamy with a pleasent Wit-beir quality. Lots of lemon, and secondary development of caramel, wood, and van... Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Gramona Cava Grande Reserva de Postre NV

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    Fine bubbles against a light steely background. The nose shows, apples, lime ... ... Wow well balanced sweet cava with nice acidity and balanced sugars. 4/5 [N Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


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