Thanksgiving has now come and gone. The delicious smell of garlic mashed potatoes drifting throughout the house has been replaced with Turkey sandwiches. The screeches of playful children running gleefully under foot is now a faint memory as normalcy has settled back into the house. And kitschy paper Turkeys so […]
Being an ex-pat in Spain, we don’t have the luxury of a Thursday off to celebrate Turkey Day. We still wake up early, go to work, and have no contact with family other than a late afternoon phone call. Our turkey comes this Sunday, when a bunch of Barcelona ex-pats […]
Today, I write to you from a position of a person with a head cold and a pile of port wine in front of me. Currently, we’re working to put together a large tasting of 2005 ports and assorted odds and ends. Our objective is to release a PDF at […]
Every region has their festivals. Minnesota has their State Fair, chalk full of items resembling food on a stick, scary looking clowns, blue ribbons awarded to anything obese and abnormal, rides that make my stomach churn for several days after the event, and of course, hours upon hours of top […]
Whoever thought that such a delicate and ethereal cava could have a name like KRIPTA, which for me at least brings to mind visions of tomb and crypts and things. It seems like it should be so spooky, ominous, foreboding – but it’s not in the least, and actually the […]
N.V. Giró Ribot Cava Paul Cheneau – Spain, Catalunya, Cava (12/8/2006)Light golden color with med sized bubbles. Creamy citrus nose with yeast and light apple notes. Good acidity and a full mouthfeel that is round and well polished. Citrus, yeasty bread, some green apple and more, the finish is suprisingly […]
N.V. Giró Ribot Cava Avant – Spain, Catalunya, Cava (12/8/2006)50% Xarel.lo, 25% Chardonnay, 15% Macabeo, 10% ParelladaNice light gold color with fine bubbles. Cantelope nose with carmel, light wood, yeast and lemon confit. In the mouth this wine is silky with nice creaminess and rich complexity. Wood is evident but […]
The earth, the breeze, the sun and the clean Mediteranean air make Subirats a unique place to grow vines. Like their ancestors, Eudald Massana Noya is the ninth generation of wine producers to closely work with the land in Sant Pau d’Ordal (Subirats). And as a result of our nurturing a biodynamic culture to ensure sound ecological practices, we have been accepted as a member of the Catalan Council of Agrarian Production Ecological CCPA (Council of Catalan Ecological Agrarian Producers).
The Codorníu family’s wine business goes back to the middle of the 16th century. A document of that period states that the family had several machines and implements relating to the wine industry. In 1659 Anna Codorníu married Miguel Raventós and the families, each with a long wine tradition, were united. Years later, in 1872, Josep Raventós produced cava for the first time in Spain using the “Traditional Method” and established a completely new industry in the Penedés region.
1996 Mestres Cava Brut Nature Millessimé – Spain, Cava (9/18/2006)Great wine, deeper in color than most showing golden(rich) and with super fine bubbles. The nose was pure lemon confit to me with hints of green peach, vanilla and light caramel. Might have been a bit oxidized. In the mouth it […]