If you’re a fan of sparkling wine but have yet to try Cava you are missing out. Produced through the same traditional method as Champagne but costing much less, the Spanish sparkling wine is wonderful for any type of celebration.
Two delicious suggestions for ringing in the New Year: Anna de Codorníu Brut and Anna de Codorníu Brut Rosé.
Codorníu, located in the Penedès region in northeast Spain, is the world’s largest producer of Cava. Anna de Codorníu honors the last heiress to bear the family name. Following Anna’s marriage to viticulturist Miquel Raventós in 1659, the Codorníu name has been immortalized through the family’s wines.
The Brut and Brut Rosé have more in common with Champagne than just the fermentation method — they are made from the same grapes. Anna de Codorníu Brut is 70% Chardonnay and 30% Parellada (one of the three Spanish varietals used for Cava), and Anna de Codorníu Brut Rosé is 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay.
Anna de Codorníu was the first Cava to incorporate Chardonnay; the variety’s unique characteristics are evident in the sparkling wine’s aromas and flavors.
In the Anna de Codorníu Brut, the Chardonnay adds delicate citrus and tropical fruit notes to the crisp and floral Parellada. Well-balanced acidity and just a touch of sweetness on the finish make for a fresh and elegant sip.
The Anna de Codorníu Brut Rosé is a must try for anyone who enjoys Rosé sparkling wines. Elegant and light, the Brut Rosé has notes of cherries and strawberries, and a hint of McIntosh apple on the finish. With fine bubbles and fresh acidity, it is pleasant and refreshing.
Both the Anna de Codorníu Brut and Brut Rosé are great as an apéritif. They also pair nicely with shellfish, sushi or cooked white fish.
The Anna de Codorníu Brut and Brut Rosé cost $15 a bottle.
11.5% alcohol by volume