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The End of Port and the Beginning of Cava

Hah! How about these photos to wake you out of your lazy Monday slumber! Makes you think twice before making a big toothy grin at someone after drinking a few glasses of port, doesn’t it? Ahhh, but it’s worth it. If you should find yourself with a purple tongue from firm tannins completely saturated in inky, dark colors, we encourage you to smile; because hopefully, you’ve just drank the nectar of the Gods.

Over the month of November, we’ve had an incredible experience learning about the history, the culture, the winemaking practices and the various different styles of port such as ruby, tawny, vintage, LVB and Colheita.

We also had an opportunity to discover two very different Port houses: Sandman and Quinta de la Rosa. While Sandeman is an internationally renowned port house currently under the portfolio of a large Portuguese wine company called Sogrape, Quinta de la Rosa is an independent, family-run quinta that aims to both produce quality port wine, and at the same time, provide opportunities for wine lovers to learn about the port making process.

Purply Goodness!

Finally, we chatted about one of our favorite food pairings with port wine chocolate, and how this rather unlikely pairing lends itself to some of the worst and best experiences depending on both the style of port and the type of chocolate.

So, what’s next? Throughout the month of November, we eluded to a PDF containing all of our port wine recommendations, which we would release at the end of the month; however, in light of some late participants, we’ll be releasing the PDF at the end of the week. Additionally, we would like to offer our deepest gratitude to all of the port houses for participating, offering their time, information and support in our month long project. Having already tasted port wines from Taylors Fladgate, Sandeman, Ramos Pinto, Quinta de la Rosa, Quinta do Ventozelo, Vinoquel, and soon to be tasted this week, Krohns, we couldn’t be more pleased with the results of the month and intend on posting the remainder of our port articles throughout December.

But now is the time is announce our December theme: Cava! For those of you unfamiliar with Cava, it the Spanish take on sparkling wine. During this holiday season, we hope to give you several reasons to choose cava over champagne as a wonderful and tasty way of celebrating the season with your family and friends. And like Port, by the end of December, we will release our PDF chock full of our recommended cava wines. However, because of you will need some suggestions earlier than later, we’ve included some our past articles on Cava wines.

This said, we are dying to know if you like Cava wine? Have you ever tried Cava? What would you like us to cover when we visit the Cava houses? Are their Cava producers you would like us to talk about? This is your opportunity to ask any questions you want about Cava wine!

Cheers,
Gabriella

  • RichardA

    I love Cava. I even prefer it to most Champagnes. I have brought Cava to a number of parties and many people have enjoyed it as well. I even turned one local restaurant on it and they started using Cava as their house sparkling wine rather than Champagne. And in about two weeks, my newspaper column will be on Champagne/Sparkling wine recommendations for the holidays and I will definitely be recommending Cava.

  • http://www.passionatefoodie.blogspot.com RichardA

    I love Cava. I even prefer it to most Champagnes. I have brought Cava to a number of parties and many people have enjoyed it as well. I even turned one local restaurant on it and they started using Cava as their house sparkling wine rather than Champagne.

    And in about two weeks, my newspaper column will be on Champagne/Sparkling wine recommendations for the holidays and I will definitely be recommending Cava.

  • Bill

    Please give us some information on Parxet. I really enjoyed their Cuvee 21. I'd like more information their other cavas. I don't drink much sparkling wine, but I did buy two of the Cuvee 21's last summer and you've provided a good reason to pop a cork or two. Lovely photos, by the way.

  • Bill

    Please give us some information on Parxet. I really enjoyed their Cuvee 21. I’d like more information their other cavas. I don’t drink much sparkling wine, but I did buy two of the Cuvee 21′s last summer and you’ve provided a good reason to pop a cork or two.

    Lovely photos, by the way.

  • Gabriella

    Richard: I love cava too!!! I'm so happy that you will be enjoying oodles of cava with us this month and encourage you to ask any questions that fit your fancy. We will be heading to the DO Cava on Monday in Villafranca, followed by a visit to a cava cave! All very exciting. Bill: We will be happy to give you information on Parxet. Let's see if we can't contact them directly to get more info for you. And hopefully, by the end of the month, we can get you drinking more cava ! As for the photos, I was thinking of having them as our Christmas card photo for this year. What do you think? We've at least got the purple/red holiday color going on :-)

  • RichardA

    Gabriella: Could I suggest using the photos for next year's Halloween cards? :)

  • http://www.catavino.net Gabriella

    Richard: I love cava too!!! I’m so happy that you will be enjoying oodles of cava with us this month and encourage you to ask any questions that fit your fancy. We will be heading to the DO Cava on Monday in Villafranca, followed by a visit to a cava cave! All very exciting.

    Bill: We will be happy to give you information on Parxet. Let’s see if we can’t contact them directly to get more info for you. And hopefully, by the end of the month, we can get you drinking more cava !

    As for the photos, I was thinking of having them as our Christmas card photo for this year. What do you think? We’ve at least got the purple/red holiday color going on :-)

  • http://www.passionatefoodie.blogspot.com RichardA

    Gabriella:
    Could I suggest using the photos for next year’s Halloween cards? :)

  • Bill

    You're on to something Richard. How about donating them to the next "evils of the demon drink" abolishionist movement. "See what happens Henrietta? Don't show the children"! : – ) But, seriously, sparkling wine for me is a special occasion wine and I don't see that changing anytime soon.

  • Bill

    You’re on to something Richard.

    How about donating them to the next “evils of the demon drink” abolishionist movement. “See what happens Henrietta? Don’t show the children”!

    : – )

    But, seriously, sparkling wine for me is a special occasion wine and I don’t see that changing anytime soon.

  • Jeff Cleveland

    I LOVE Cava. We've actually had it the last two years for New Year's Eve. I'd have to look at my notes to see what they were but I remember enjoying them. Looking forward to all you cover in the coming month.

  • http://www.indiscriminateideas.blogspot.com Jeff Cleveland

    I LOVE Cava. We’ve actually had it the last two years for New Year’s Eve. I’d have to look at my notes to see what they were but I remember enjoying them. Looking forward to all you cover in the coming month.

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