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Raventós i Blanc: Classy Sparkling Wines from Penedès

The house of Josep Raventós i Blanc was established in 1986 in Sant Sadurni d’Anoia by Josep-Maria Raventós, a breakaway member of the Codorníu family, with the objective of making Cavas of exceptional quality. Today, Josep’s grandson Pepe (shown here … Continue reading

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The Brut Nature Cavas of Mestres

The family owned (since the 1600’s!) Heretat Mestres is one of Spain’s premiere Cava producers. It makes refined sparkling wines from the traditional grapes of Sant Sadurni d’Anoia in the Penedès (see map below), giving them extended aging on the … Continue reading

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The Best Cavas of Catalonia

Cava is one of the most important wines of Catalonia (Cataluña) and thus is also a major part of our Report #42 The Wines of Catalonia, to be released May 2014.  We’ve tasted more than 100 Cavas, almost all from … Continue reading

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Bobal: The Grape of Utiel-Requena in Valencia

We traveled to Valencia last week and used the opportunity to learn more about the grapes and wines of the region.   On our first day we traveled west of Valencia to the Utiel-Requena region, an area famed for Bobal and … Continue reading

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Great Value Cava from Penedés: Jaume Serra Cristalino

While Spanish Cava doesn’t have the unique growing conditions of Champagne (see our Report # 34 Champagne Revisited), it’s made the same way (méthode champenoise, or método tradicional) and results in a pleasant, sparkling wine that’s suitable both for meals … Continue reading

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Gramona: For Lovers of the Art of Cava

The Gramona family is one of Spain’s most distinguished producers of the sparkling wine called cava. Gramona is guided by a philosophy that places a premium on producing cavas that can be aged and express the unique character of their … Continue reading

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Cava from Sant Sadurni D’Anoia: Berberana, Marqués de la Concordia, Marqués de Monistrol

Cava from Penedès and elsewhere in Spain is one of the best bargains in wine today. Some excellent value Cavas are produced by Berberana, Marqués de la Concordia, and Marqués de Monistrol, and their wines are reviewed below. Made using … Continue reading

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Spanish Cava: Cristalino from Jaume Serra

If you hadn’t noticed yet, Cristalino has changed its label. But it remains the super-value Cava it has always been. That’s what we said about it in Issue #14 The World of Sparkling Wines and Champagne. Obviously, lots of other … Continue reading

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Wall Street Journal and IWR Recommend Cava

The Wall Street Journal recommends Spanish Cava for its 2008 sampler case from around the globe. In its December report on Sparkling Wines and Champagnes, the International Wine Review fully agrees. While Spanish Cava seldom reaches the quality levels of … Continue reading

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