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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...

  • 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,...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut Cava NV


    No written review

    Wine review by CherHaw

  • Codorniu Cava NV


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    Wine review by jmf

  • Segura Viudas Reserva Heredad NV


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    Wine review by talikan

  • Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut Cava NV


    I was pretty surprized by this Cava, as I didn't expect much from it, considering the price. After tasting it, I'd say it's the best value for the price, and I'd gladly choose it over a few more expensive Cavas. Spritzy, fruity, and a cool herby finish. Read More

    Wine review by vinmok

  • Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut Cava NV


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    Wine review by mangofish

  •  We get a lot of wine pairing advice requests at the wine shop/wine bar ... I'll happily sip Prosecco or Cava with lunch or mixed with orange juice, but breakfast eggs seem to call for something a bit more spectacular. As breakfast IS the most important meal of the day, the one that sets the tone for the following hours, it makes sense to go b... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Breakfast Wines: Drinking...

  • Marques de Monistrol Cava 2003


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    Wine review by Milla Raunio

  • [Snooth is pleased to welcome its newest contributor, Dan Petroski, Assistant ... ... and swilled. A cheap Cava paired well with the Manchego and quince and when the party raged on we moved on to the meatier dishes and the first glass of top-heavy Tempranillo was poured. Blended with a small portion of Cabernet and a smaller portion of Merlo... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Resolutions

  • Here it is: my obligatory Champagne/New Year's Eve piece. A true staple, this ... short. I won't tell you that Cava makes a fine substitute for those who want some mousse for less money. I will not recommend a grower Champagne. In fact, I will not recommend any sparkling wine for that matter. Frankly, I don't care if you get your bubbles f... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Fizz

  • Codorniu Vintage Brut Cava 2005


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

    Wine review by colinrchorley

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