Saturday, March 24, 2012

Everyday Bubbles for the Bubble-head Crowd...

If you're like me, the perfect wine at the end of a long day is one that refreshes and cleanses not only  your palate but your mind...  

Sparkling wines perform this task easily, with all those tiny bubbles dancing around on your tongue making you forget the busy-ness of business and helping you transition to some relaxing, down-time.

My go-to bubbly for everyday is Cava. Made in the Penedes region of Spain, Cava follows in the footsteps of Champagne - albeit with grapes native to Spain - and is made in the Traditional Method with the secondary fermentation taking place in the bottle, followed by at least a year of aging. 
Penedes, Spain ~ Cava Country!

Penedes is located in the Northeast corner of Spain, just south of Barcelona.

One of the reasons I love Cava is that  - when you find a well-made one - it closely resembles Champagne at a fraction of the cost, and what bubble-head can resist that dry, toasty, leesy flavor with apple-fruit and minerality? I know that flavor and style combination hits my palate spot-on.

My new find is the Gran Sarao Brut Cava - NV.

Great little bottle of Cava, runs about $10 if you can find it...

One of my favorite local restaurants, Bonnie Ruth's in Frisco, has started carrying this sparkler and I just love it! In adddition to the typical grapes of Cava (Parellada, Macabeo, and Xarel-lo) this wine has a touch of Chardonnay (10%) to round out the blend. The classic flavors that I love about a Champagne are evident in the Sarao - aromas of dough, green apples, and stone with a hint of peachy-apricot.

I'm not the only one who loves this wine - in April of 2010 Robert Parker said, "Gran Sarao has an excellent nose of biscuit, apple, and floral notes leading to a dry, fruity mid-palate. This well-balanced bubbly has a lengthy, refreshing finish." 

If you can track down a bottle (or case!) snag it and invite over some bubble-heads for a celebration of the end of another day of busy-ness.

Find it ~ Buy it ~ Try it ~ Love it!

Salud! Kathyd ~ The Wine Studio

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