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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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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  • Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut Cava NV

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    Wine review by sandwitch


  • Juve Y Campos Cava

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    Rasberry spritzer comes to mind, with dry raspberry juice and good seltzer. ... a decent straight-forward cava with good bubble structure, balanced acidity and good berry fruits that is not cloying. Not a steal, but not ba Read More

    Wine review by hershey


  • Segura Viudas Pinot Noir NV

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    From Fine Cooking: "Tastes like crisp apple and citrus fruit wiht zesty acidity. Pair with oysters or other shellfish." Read More

    Wine review by babylon67


  • Segura Viudas Brut Cava 2004

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    Wine review by anglehmann


  • Segura Viudas Pinot Noir NV

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    A bit of raspberry on the nose and it didn't have the common over powering yeasty component that most sparkling wines have for me, and had a distinct watermelon flavor. It would be wonderfully refreshing on a hot afternoon. Read More

    Wine review by RachelNYC


  • Last night I hosted a tasting party at my tiny pad in Manhattan for Pinot Noirs ...-cava-aria-nv/Barcelona Spain!http://images.snooth.com/wine/e/0/a/wine_581909.jpeg!As I mentioned I didn't have a chance to make notes about this one because I was speaking. What I do remember is that it had a bit of raspberry on the nose and it didn't have the ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Tasting Party: Pinot Noirs...


  • Marqués de Monistrol Champagne Blend Reserva NV

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    Wine review by Clavelin140


  • Castellar Cava

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    Wine review by apiscazzi


  • Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut Cava NV

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    Wine review by CherHaw


  • Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut Cava NV

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    Wine review by CherHaw


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