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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...

  • Grenache

    You’re a member of the ‘Rhône Ranger’ band. Your groupies think you’re ‘hot’, even when you're boozy and "strung out"...

  • 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...

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Cava on Snooth

  • Cristalino Cava Brut Metodo Tradicional 1987

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    Wine review by infdaze


  • Freixenet Elyssia Gran Cuvee Brut NV

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    Wine review by Michael C Butler


  • Naveran Cava Brut Reserva Blanc de Blancs 2009

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    Gentle on the nose with a fresh floral top note over almost meaty citrus notes that flash hints of sweet peach, apricot and caramel. Very nicely balanced if a touch sweet on entry, this delivers tons of sweet peachy fruit with some candied citrus framing notes and solid depth of flavor. Air brings out complex notes of yeast, hazelnuts and candie... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Raventos I Blanc Cava Brut Reserva 'L'Hereu 2009

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    Wine review by dlellis


  • Freixenet Carta Nevada Brut Spain Cataluna Cava 1987

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    Earthy apple core, floral and dried citrus aromas with a hint of caramel. Mousse is a little coarse but this does show off fairly rich, apple and sweet citrus flavors in a fruity style that takes advantage of the residual sugar to create a smooth mouthfeel without being obviously sweet, though the sugar lingers a bit on the finish. 85pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut Cava NV

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    Mineral and earth driven on the nose with linden flower, honey and candied lime aromas. Fairly light on the palate in a fresh, crisp style that showcases earthy flavors with hints of yeast, mushroom, apple and lemon pith. A fairly dry style with decent length and a nice dry snap on the finish. 86pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Freixenet Elyssia Gran Cuvee Brut NV

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    Rather perfumed on the nose with hints of face powder and violets adding ... ... ... is a fairly large scaled cava. 89p Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Hi fellow winelovers,I'm mentor Wendy Crispell, a wine and cheese educator ... ... them! Discover Prosecco, Cava, Cremant, Champagne and the delicious cheeses> that pair with them. Have fun learning about each wines grapes, styles,> region and history! Pair each wine with a specially selected artisan> cheese, from triple creme to cave aged eac... Read More

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  • Gran Pasión Cava Brut Reserva NV

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    Not a fan, seams mass produced not well crafted. Lacking effervescence and only offers a note or two. Read More

    Wine review by ColinWino


  • Cava Avinyo Brut NV

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    Wine review by DWCPSC


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