Xarello

(aka. Pansa Blanca)

Also known as Pansa Blanca, Xarello is used only in Catalonia, Spain, where it is used in the production of Cava sparkling wines. The variety produces a typically acidic wine that is perfect for use as a base for these traditional method sparkling wines. The variety is also the best grape used in the small, but highly-regarded D.O. of Alella, where the Parxet winery makes its acclaimed Marques de Alella Classico from Xarello.

In your Catalan homeland, you exist peacefully as simple Pansà Blanca, living a safe and benign life. But in the company of two other sparkling Caballeros, señores Macabeo and Parellada, you have ventured out into the world, and leave your mark via your more adventurous alter ego, Xarel-lo!

Varietal Character by Jeffrey Pinhey – Description from Appellation America (view original content)

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  • Red wine should be served at room temperature. Or should it? This is one ... meunier varietals, Cava uses Xarello, Macabeo and Parellada varietals and is made specifically in the Catalan region of Penedes.” Farther down the list was the ever-present debate over red wine and the temperature at which it should be served.  Vinetur struck down the... Read More

    From the article A Game of True & False: Spanish Wine Website Tests Readers' Wits


  • There are dozens of sparkling wines made around the world – Champagne (probably the most well-known) and another 20 or so similar wines made in France; Cava made in Spain; Portuguese Espumante; Spumante and four more Italian sparklers; Sekt made in Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic; Russian Sovetskoye Shampanskoye; Cap Classique from South... Read More

    From the article The Low-Down on Cava


  • It’s urban legend that top wine pros can blindly identify a wide array of wines. Blindly naming a wine’s provenance, vintage, and vineyard is the most humbling exercise in the wine world. But there are some things you can do to get closer to the correct answer. This is a rich, endless topic. For right now, we’ll focus on the identification of un... Read More

    From the article The Art of Blind Tasting


  • Lots of articles come out this time of year suggesting wine pairings for large, rustic holiday meals and dinner parties with many conflicting ingredients. Indeed, there are perfect food and wine matches to be discovered. However, I use holidays like these to pair the wines with the guests – especially wine novice guests. The holidays are a chanc... Read More

    From the article 5 Novice Wines for Your Holiday Table


  • Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Heredad Cava NV

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    Earth and minerals, with bits of apple and citrus peel, just another great one at a low price point. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Jaume Serra Cava Semi Seco NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Jaume Serra Cava Semi Seco NV

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    Golden straw color. Toasted smell. Persistent bubbles. It has some "beer-like" sensations that i can not precise. (Jaume Serra brut nature) Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • Castellroig Xarel·lo 2011

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    This is a very nice white wine. Not sweet, but fruity. My personal favorite Read More

    Wine review by omannwine


  • Temps de Flors 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by Suylin82


  • Jaume Serra Cava Semi Seco NV

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    Next best thing to champagne. Good dry sparkler with a grassy finish. Mixes well into cocktails or as a mimosa but definitely good by itself.. excellent for the price. I keep this in my fridge regularly Read More

    Wine review by mark


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