Random Wine of the Week – Marques de Gelida Cava

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I have lived in Texas my entire life, so I shouldn’t be surprised that we have had 10 straight days of 100+ degree temperatures here in Austin. On toasty days like these, nothing is more thirst quenching than a nice sparkling wine, served chilled.

This week’s pick is a Spanish sparking wine, or Cava. Sparkling wine goes by many different names around the world. The most common sparkling wine is Champagne, which comes from the Champagne region in France. In Italy, they call their sparkling wines Prosecco. In California, they call their sparkling wine, well sparkling wine. You get the picture.

Random Criteria: Sparkling wine that has a crown somewhere on the label
Wine: 2005 Marques de Gelida Cava Brut Reserva
Origin: Sant Sadurní d’Anoia, Spain
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Price: < $15 (From Costco)
Notes: This cava was the perfect way to end another 100 degree day. The nose (smell) of the wine was predominantly fresh cherries. When you take the first sip of wine, the bubbles and the mild acidity dance across your tongue. The first thing I tasted was strawberry, then as entered my second glass, the wine smelled and tasted like fresh flowers. This cava is classified as a Brut, therefore the wine has almost no residual sugar (it is not sweet).  If you are looking for a sweeter sparkling wine, look for the word “dry” on the label (I know, it’s a bit confusing). This cava is going to go quite well with the shrimp I am grilling for dinner today. Enjoy!

What are your thoughts?

Cheers,
Jon

2 thoughts on “Random Wine of the Week – Marques de Gelida Cava”

  1. We are celebrating our 50th and just had this wine with our entire 3 course meal which included French onion soup, salad, veges and Chateau Briand at Bern’s Steak House in Tampa. It was excellent and smooth. Of course it was more expensive there, but less than others. We do like wines from Spain and are really delighted with this refreshing Cava. We hope to find it around Orlando. We will definitely buy this again, especially for the summers in Florida!.

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