Cava presentation for Culinary Inst of America

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Cava is a sparkling wine that represents the heart and soul of the Penedes region near Barcelona. It's made from three indigenous grapes - xarel-lo, parellada and macabeo - and can be a young and fresh wine or a richly nuanced and complex wine depending on how it's blended and aged.

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Cava presentation for Culinary Inst of America

  1. 1. Cava <ul><li>The Sparkling Soul of Catalonia </li></ul>
  2. 2. Cava is the wine of the PenedÈs <ul><li>Just 45 minutes SW of Barcelona </li></ul><ul><li>Sant Sadurní d’Anoia </li></ul><ul><li>11,000 population </li></ul><ul><li>100+ wineries make 90% of the cava in Spain </li></ul>
  3. 3. CataLonia is...
  4. 4. Cava Born 1872 <ul><li>Josep Raventós loved champagne </li></ul><ul><li>Replanted vineyards with white grapes to create first cava in 1872 </li></ul><ul><li>Phylloxera came and others followed suit </li></ul>
  5. 5. Cava Grapes <ul><li>Xarel-lo (Cha-RAY-lo) - good acid & aging </li></ul><ul><li>Macabeo (maka-BAY-oh) - fruitiness - most planted </li></ul><ul><li>Parellada (pah-ray-yah-duh)- soft delicate floral notes </li></ul><ul><li>Also chardonnay, trepat, monastrell, garnacha, subirat parent & pinot noir </li></ul>
  6. 6. Cava - Dosage
  7. 7. Pere Ventura Tresor Brut Nature Tresor Brut Nature <ul><li>Pere Ventura - 4th generation winemaker </li></ul><ul><li>Devoted to environment </li></ul><ul><li>18-24 months aging - admires Krug & Bollinger </li></ul><ul><li>Brut Nature 0-3 gr/L residual - no added sugar </li></ul><ul><li>Fresh, fruity and toasty </li></ul>
  8. 8. Raventós i Blanc L’Hereu Brut 2007 L’Hereu Brut 2007 <ul><li>Family vineyards date to 1497 - winery since 1986 </li></ul><ul><li>L’hereu concept </li></ul><ul><li>Brut wine - 8 gr/L sugar </li></ul><ul><li>Clear, elegant, 15 mos aging - gastro-cava </li></ul>
  9. 9. Sugar Levels for Cava <ul><li>Brut Nature 0-3 gr/L </li></ul><ul><li>Extra Brut 0-6 gr/L </li></ul><ul><li>Brut 0-12 gr/L </li></ul><ul><li>Extra Dry 12-17 gr/L </li></ul><ul><li>Dry 17-32 gr/L </li></ul><ul><li>Semi Dry 32-50 gr/L </li></ul><ul><li>Sweet 50 gr/L ++ </li></ul>
  10. 10. Cavas By AGE
  11. 11. Levels of Aging for Cava <ul><li>9 months min. for cava </li></ul><ul><li>15 months - Reserva </li></ul><ul><li>30 months - Gran Reserva </li></ul>
  12. 12. It’s About Autolysis <ul><li>Starts 2 to 4 months after second fermentation </li></ul><ul><li>Enzymes release amino acids, fatty acids, peptides, nucleotides & mannoproteins </li></ul><ul><li>Changes structure of wine </li></ul><ul><li>Adds aromas, depth, complexity </li></ul>Post 2nd ferment During Autolysis
  13. 13. Freixenet Cordón Negro Cordón Negro <ul><li>Most popular bubbly in the world - 60 million bottles </li></ul><ul><li>P-M-X blend varies </li></ul><ul><li>Proprietary yeast </li></ul><ul><li>Aged 18 to 24 months </li></ul><ul><li>Light, fresh & fruity </li></ul>
  14. 14. Segura Viudas Reserva Heredad Reserva Heredad <ul><li>Family brand since late 1800s in 11th century masia </li></ul><ul><li>67%macabeo/33%parellada blend of 9 wines </li></ul><ul><li>Hand-riddled in pupitres </li></ul><ul><li>Aged 30 months - fruit, flowers, honey, nuts </li></ul>
  15. 15. Gramona Celler Batlle Gran Reserva Celler Batlle Gran Reserva <ul><li>70% xarel-lo/30% macabeo - high antioxidants and acid </li></ul><ul><li>SUPER long aging - guess? </li></ul><ul><li>Aged on cork </li></ul><ul><li>Bread, toast, nuts, dried fruit </li></ul><ul><li>Amazing food wine </li></ul>
  16. 16. New StyLe Cavas
  17. 17. Juvé y Camps Gran Juvé Gran Juvé <ul><li>Founded 1921 - family owned </li></ul><ul><li>Estate grown - 30 to 40 y.o. vines - hand harvest </li></ul><ul><li>25% each: chardonnay, macabeo, xarel-lo, parellada </li></ul><ul><li>42 months aging - hand riddled </li></ul>
  18. 18. Vilarnau Brut Rosé <ul><li>Family cellar since 1948- Gonzalez Byass 1982 </li></ul><ul><li>Mediterranean style rosé - deep geranium color </li></ul><ul><li>85% trepat, 15% pinot </li></ul><ul><li>subtle strawberry, peach, cherry, plum </li></ul>
  19. 19. Castillo Perelada Cava Brut Rosado Cava Brut Rosado <ul><li>Est. 1923 in Girona - near El Bulli , Sant Pau, Celler Can Roca on French border </li></ul><ul><li>Miguel Mateu - art collector & bon vivant bought castle </li></ul><ul><li>60% trepat, 20% monastrell, 20% pinot noir </li></ul><ul><li>Bursting with plum, wild strawberry, candied notes </li></ul>
  20. 20. Cava & La Cocina <ul><li>Many Choices </li></ul>

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