Macabeo | Catavino - Part 2
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Bodega Profile – Freixenet – DO Cava

Years ago, while working as the assistant restaurant manager for the Nicollet Island Inn, a swanky hotel situated on an island in the heart of Minneapolis, I had a rather unique experience debating as to whether Freixenet was a Champagne or a Cava. As three very inquisitive and rather bull-headed, […]

The Mainstay of Cava Wine: Macabeo, Parellada and Xarel.lo

Well, we could begin with the obvious, bubbles! Bubbles are fun. They’re playful. And they make every occasion just a touch more festive and cheerful. Each time you’re poured a glass of Cava, you can’t help but find yourself entranced by their journey from the bottom to the top of […]

Bodega Profile – Bodegas Ignacio Marín – DO Cariñena

DO Cariñena, located just west of Catalunya in northeastern Spain, is not only one of the largest and oldest regions in Aragon, but also the first to have been demarcated in 1932. And if the name sounds familiar, it should, because it is the namesake of the grape varietal Cariñena, […]

Dominio de la Vega – Cavas

Last weekend, Ryan and I had a tasting of two Cavas we recently received from Bodega Dominio de la Vega – a small, family owned winery located in the center of D.O. Utiel-Requena, located on the eastern coast of Spain just south of Barcelona in Valencia. And like all of […]

Agustí Torelló – Kripta , High End Spanish Cava

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

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

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 […]

1996 Mestres Cava Brut Nature Millessimé

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 […]

N.V. Brianda de Aragón Cava Brut Nature Reserva

N.V. Brianda de Aragón Cava Brut Nature Reserva – Spain, Aragón, Cava (5/20/2006)Light greenish yellow tinge with small vibrant bubbles. Austere nose with a grassy metallic aroma which could be interpreted as minerally. Light honey flavor with strong overtones of slate and white flowers. I personally don’t find this wine […]

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 […]