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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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Cava on Snooth

  • Hi all!Hoping to wade into interesting wine talk (and food talk).  Me, ... a good champagne or a nice Cava from Spain.  While I don't usually touch chardonnay on the day-to-day, I will occasionally fall in love with a Grgich Hills chard, it's just awesome, or a Kistler with roast chicken when I want to remember what that big California chard t... Read More

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  • Gran Bach Brut Cava NV


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    Wine review by Jollydragon

  • OMG - this is EXACTLY what I had just come on to post about! I am also ... of oysters, which I had with cava. I was told that oysters are known to bring out a foxiness in cava that many people enjoy.Have any of you guys heard that before? I did find the pairing brought out an interesting element in the wine that I couldn't really put my finger... Read More

    Forum post in the topic About foxyness

  • Cava Avinyo Brut NV


    CWC tasting, liked enough to buy Read More

    Wine review by kationation

  • I'm not sure how much Australian sparkling wine gets sold in the USA. ... ... ... choice was prosecco or cava, right after champagne. But many Australian wine makers have spent time working vintage in both Champagne and in Italy, so rest assured we're certainly no slack in terms of the technical skill to make sparkling wines. And you get get ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Couple of Aussie sparklings

  • Codorníu Brut Cava Anna de Codorníu NV


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    Wine review by winelovingal

  • There have been quite a few threads on here about wines for weddings.  GdP ... on Chardonnay. We also had a Cava called Dibon that blows Segura Viudas and Cristalino away.Good reason to work with your local wine shop is that they will take back unopened bottles for a refund or credit--after all, you just bought many cases of wine from them, and... Read More

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  • Conde de Subirats Brut Cava NV


    Nice, light, somewhat lemony and floral bubbly. Not overly complex with a citrus base, decent acidity and a medium finish. Good QPR. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut Cava NV


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    Wine review by mark

  •  Not necessarily. Cava is made the same way Champagne is. Then it follows, or can follow, the Spanish aging requirements so that you can get reserve Cava or Gran Reserve Cava. Those are very much like Champagne and they can age for years. The grapes used are not Pinot Noir or Chardonnay, so they differ in that respect, but you don't get a lot of... Read More

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