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Cava for the New Year

Another year come and gone as we head into the biggest day for consuming sparkling wines. For most people, Champagne will be the wine of choice with bright stars bubbling up in the glass as we count down to the New Year. Not a bad choice either, but we’d like to offer an alternative to this traditional drink. Cava is Spain’s answer to Champagne; and while not the same thing, it does have a lot in common with this traditional holiday drink. Created in 1872 by Josep Raventos after the phylloxera plague swept throughout Western Europe, Raventos developed a dry sparkling wine in the same manner as Champagne. Using a selection of white grapes native to the north of Spain – usually consisted of Macabeo, Parallada and Xarello grapes – Cava has become a cornerstone to Spanish wine. In fact, it continues to expand and grow, revealing new manifestations of itself with every passing year. Today, Cava is not only made in the north of Spain, but all over the country, and from grapes as diverse as Monastrell, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir – the latter two being traditional grapes found in Champagne.

But enough with the technical jargon. What it really comes down too is that Cava tends to be cheaper than Champagne, and though not the same, it does have a level of quality that can be, at it’s best, stunning. Interestingly, with the wide diversity of Cavas on the market today, if you have not taken the time to explore them, your really missing out on a treat.

Gabriella and I have recently tasted three of the more widely available Cavas to see what they had to show for themselves. In the end, none of them stood out as amazing, but I wouldn’t hesitate to serve any one of them at a festive New Years Eve party. All three of them, while a bit simple, had a character and quality that equaled their monetary value.

However, just to give you as much information as possible, Ryan has added on three other notes from Cavas he tasted during this past year.

Here at Catavino, we wish you all the best for the coming New Year and we look forwards to sharing new stories and adventures in the year to come!

Till then, Ryan and Gabriella

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Gabriella

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