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you decide to sit down with a glass of wine, you’ll not only choose a cava, but you’ll pair it witheverything from a turkey sandwich to winter squash stuffed ravioli with toasted almonds.Finally, we took a big spoonful of our medicine when wewrote off a style of cava called, brut nature. How manytimes have we beseeched you to push past yourpreconceived notions and experiment? We’ve asked youto try unconventional Portuguese wines, lesser knownPorts, and Sherry of any make or model. Yet, we fell intothe same trap, describing brut nature as uninteresting andunworthy of your time. We were wrong. There are brutnatures that are incredibly interesting and absolutelydeserving of your time. It boils down to your willingness toremain open, accepting that you cannot dislike an entirestyle of wine. Because inevitably, there is one that willmake your eyebrows raise, your lips form a half moon andyou voice utter a, “hey, now that’s pretty good”.In summary, with the limited time and resources we had during the month of December, we’re verypleased with the amount we’ve learned and remain confident that come next year, you’ll find uspreparing in October.
An assortment of terms that you may run into as you explore Cava wines. Some will be found onbottles others will help define terms that we use in our writing about Cava.
- The breakdown of yeast cells inside the sparkling wine bottle after the secondfermentation is completed.
Blanc de Blancs
- Wines made primarily from chardonnay.
– The aging process which allows sparkling wines to acquire a greater complexity,depth and texture in bottle.
Degollamiento o Deguelle
- Process by which sediment collected in the neck of the cavabottle is frozen and removed prior to the final corking.
– The process of sealing the final bottle with a cork.
Licor de Expedición
- The determined amount of sugar to qualify the cava is dissolved inbrandy and added to the wine right before final corking.
- Refers to a non-vintage sparkling wine with blends containing wine from previousvintages.
- Term often used to designate an older, or exceptional, wine.Tapón de corcho – Mushroom cork used to seal cava wine
– Wines reserved from previous vintages which are added to the blend forconsistent quality and style.
– Known as riddling, it is the art of turning and tilting bottles of cava to easesediment into the bottle necks. See deguelle.
- Cava with a pink hue resulting from the addition of red wine or red grapes.
- Wine without carbonation.
- Process of bottling cava with the addition of active yeast and sugar to provokesecond fermentation. The carbonation produced by second fermentation is trapped in bottle,whereby the effervescence or bubbles.
– The year the grapes are harvested.