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Spanish Sparkling Wine

Spain, with its sun-soaked vineyards and rich winemaking heritage, has gifted the world with a treasure trove of wines. While many are familiar with its reds, like Rioja and Tempranillo, or its sherries, it's the sparkling wines from Spain that are truly the unsung heroes, brimming with vivacity and flavour.

When discussing Spanish sparkling wines, Cava inevitably takes centre stage. Originating from Catalonia, Cava is often likened to Champagne due to its method of production, known as "método tradicional". This traditional method involves a second fermentation in the bottle, imparting a distinctive depth and effervescence to the wine. Made primarily from three local grape varieties—Macabeo, Xarel·lo, and Parellada—Cava boasts crisp acidity, fresh citrus notes, and a hint of toasted almonds and brioche from its lees ageing.

While Catalonia remains the heartland of Cava production, especially the town of Sant Sadurní d'Anoia, Cava can be produced in several regions across Spain. The wine's quality and ageing are denoted by classifications: Cava (minimum 9 months ageing), Cava Reserva (minimum 15 months), and Cava Gran Reserva (minimum 30 months).

Spain's effervescent offerings don't stop at Cava. The country is home to a range of regional sparkling wines. Corpinnat, for example, is a newer classification denoting high-quality sparkling wines from the Penedès region. These wines must be organic, hand-harvested, and aged for a minimum of 18 months. Another notable mention is the Clàssic Penedès, also from Catalonia, which mandates organic cultivation and offers a diverse sparkling range from rosés to traditional whites.

Modern wine enthusiasts are embracing Spanish sparkling wines for their superb quality-to-price ratio. These wines offer a delightful complexity and traditional winemaking pedigree without the hefty price tag of some other renowned sparkling wines. This has also led to a renewed interest in artisanal, small-batch Cavas and a push towards organic and biodynamic practices.

In conclusion, Spanish sparkling wines, with their tantalising bubbles and intricate flavours, are a testament to the country's winemaking prowess. They capture the spirit of Spanish terroir—a blend of tradition, innovation, and sun-kissed exuberance. Whether you're toasting a celebration or simply savouring the everyday, Spanish effervescence is sure to elevate the moment.

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