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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...

  • Macabeo

    Macabeo is Spain’s most widely planted grape. From there, it has made its way to southern France’s Roussillon region,...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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  • Agustí Torelló Mata Trepat Reserva Brut 2010

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    Un cava con rosarios super marcados y aromas a frambuesa y mermeladas. Tiene una expresión frutal espectacular con una acidez media! Read More

    Wine review by CheloSpahn


  • Hello everyone, (A LONG POST)Yesterady I have the opportunity to taste 15 ... ... President and the wines were:Cava Rosé- Agustín Torelló Mata Rosé Brut / TrepatThis grape gives a very elegant Cava, with more pronounced bubbles. A great strawberry color wirh same aromas and some jelly also, medium acidity and body.- Freixenet Cordon Rosado Bru... Read More

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  •  We invite you to experience true creativity and magic of ... ... Champagnes, 2 premium Cava and 2 New World Sparkling focussing for each wine on the purity of their specific terroir.Growers's Champagne:Champagne Tarlant - Benoit Tarlant is a 12th generation wine maker, and his family was one of the Champagne grower pioneers starting to make ... Read More

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  •  I can't help it, I like lists! And since we are on the cusp of the ... shellfish!3. Dibon Brut Cava NVA dependably delicious and straightforward Cava with lots of grapefruit citrus and palate-perking bubbles. Made from Macabeo, Parrelada, Xarel.lo and Chardonnay.4. Diorama Terra Alta Garnatxa Blanca 2010This very unique Catalonian white offer... Read More

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  • Sumarroca Nuria Claverol

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    Wine review by josepvilap


  • Freixenet Freix Cordon Negro Ex Dry Freix Cordon Negro Ex Dry 6 Premier NV

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    Wine review by alanb1108


  • Segura Viudas Heridad Brut Cava NV

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    Wine review by Matthew Hugh Walker


  • Freixenet Cordon Rosado NV

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    A great Rose Cava with deep crisp red fruit that can last for a few days without loosing any flavor. Read More

    Wine review by barri0s1872


  • Conde de Subirats Cava Brut Rose NV

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    Wine review by ccl008


  • Attended a blind tasting last night with the OC Wine Elite and out of the ... ... is known to describe Cava, i've always associated the smell with Nebbiolo. Some of the members of the tasting were saying "Tar & Roses". I've drunk a few lower class Nebbiolo's in the past (Vietti Langhe, and cheaper Barolo's), though this was my first Barbaresc... Read More

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