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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

  • Emark - nice wines. Monbazillac isn't a region to be sneezed at. It's ... ... are the same, including Cava. In fact, if you like sparkling wine and you shop carefully, a GR Cava can be a great buy as compared to a more expensive wine from Champagne Read More

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  • Thanks for the additional info, Greg.  I've seen the Jose Ferrer ... ... ... hilarious on the Vena Cava label:. . . barricas francesas y gringasinstead of . . . barricas francesas y americanas?I always thought that gringo/gringa was a deprecating name.  I was surprised to see it in what I would consider to be a formal context.  Next I suspect... Read More

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  • Still in the Completely Different realm--well, at least, different enough. ... ... fish, this time. Vena Cava 2012 "Big Blend."For afficionados of labels, I think ths is one of the coolest I've ever seen.  The name"Vena Cava."  Anybody remember Vena Cava from Physiology or Anatomy class?  It was 11th grade for me.  I'm pretty sure the owner/wi... Read More

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  • Agreed again that Veuve's prestige cuvee  is better than Dom--I ... ... doing a wedding, there's Cava.  But the expense account crowd?  Bubbly is still champagne, never mind the Cremant de Bourgogne and it's Freudian issue Read More

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  • So Fox, you really didn't know about cremant de Bourgogne? How about ... ... least as good as almost all Cava and Prosecco. IMO France has the battle of the bubbles won pretty handily, though I'm sure this call to arms will produce champions for Italy and Spain. Will be happy to have our Luchador up north referee a takedown match between what ... Read More

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  • Freixenet Cava Sweet Cuvee Cordon Negro


    A good sparkling wine. I would say it is a little bit fry, but that is fine. Read More

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  • EM, did you buy a few bottles so you could taste it?  Or are you just ... ... ... (very dry) and I had the Cava to go with our first dish, the raw oysters.  Then we each had a glass of the Cabernet Sauvignon go pair with a meat tray.Before the show, we did walk over to Jaleo's and at their bar Sandra had a glass of 15-year old Sherry while I h... Read More

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  • I'm putting together a blind tasting of sparkling wines, ideally with all ... to choose from (Champagne, Cava). Same goes for the Charmat method wines (Prosecco).Where I need suggestions is the transfer method and the carbonation method wines. So two questions:1) Can anyone think of a wine made with the transfer method (fermented in bottle but... Read More

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  • As a wine educator, I don´t normally do blind tastings with beginner ... ... sparkling wine (e.g. Spanish Cava, German sekt, or Italian Franciacorta).  I pass out general descriptions before the tasting starts to give them some indication of what to look for. There are enough differences between all the types of sparkling wine for it to be an ... Read More

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  • This afternoon was this:Laman Blanco Joven Airén NV (SnoothRank: ... it reminds me the nose of Cava.)My Rating: 3.50/5I needed a white wine for cooking a roasted chicken, and a buy this for the equivalent of 4.5 dollars. The recipe only asked for one cup, so I'm drinkink the rest. I really enjoy it, and i wasn't expecting that.By the way, how ... Read More

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