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New Look for Anna de Codorníu

Looking to celebrate Valentine’s Day, a birthday, or just want to add a bit of festivity to any night of the week? Try a bottle of the Anna de Codorníu Brut or Brut Rosé. The Spanish sparkling wines have a new look for 2014 but still have the same great taste and value.

Anna de CodorniuThis Cava comes from the Penedès region in northeast Spain. Most of the grapes come from estate vineyards in Lleida, west of Barcelona. The sparkling wine is made using the traditional method, just like Champagne. In fact it was Josep Raventós who first mastered this technique in Spain – he is a descendant of the Codorníu heiress for whom the Cava is named. The Raventós family has owned Codorníu since the marriage of Anna to viticulturist Miquel Raventós in 1659.

The Anna de Codorníu Brut NV is 70% Chardonnay and 30% Parellada (one of the three traditional grapes in Cava, along with Macabeo and Xarel·lo). Pale straw yellow in color, the Brut has dry citrus and toast aromas, with flavors of white grapefruit, lemon and pineapple. Small, energetic bubbles give this Cava a pleasing mouthfeel.

The Anna de Codorníu Brut Rosé NV is 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay. To achieve the rosy pink color in the finished sparkling wine, the must and skins of the Pinot Noir grapes were left in contact for three to four hours. Subtle red berry aromas introduce flavors of raspberry, wild strawberry and a touch of golden apple. Like the Brut, the Brut Rosé is lively in the mouth, and culminates in a crisp finish.

The Anna de Codorníu Brut and Brut Rosé can be enjoyed on their own as an aperitif, or with appetizers, shellfish, sashimi or lightly spiced carpaccio.

Costing just $14.99 a bottle, these are sparkling wines you can enjoy on many occasions.

11.5% alcohol for the Brut, 12% alcohol for the Brut Rosé

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Celebrate with Cava

Looking for a budget-friendly bottle of sparkling wine to ring in the New Year? Look to Spain — Cava, the country’s answer to Champagne, is a delicious and affordable alternative to French or California bubbly.

Cava comes from Penedès, a region in northeast Spain near Barcelona. It is made from three Spanish grapes: Macabeo, Parellada, and Xarel·lo. It is becoming more common for Cava producers to use Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, two of the three grapes used in Champagne.

Like Champagne, Cava is produced by the traditional method (Méthode Champenoise). The bubbles are a result of a secondary fermentation that takes place in the bottle.

Cava can range from dry to sweet. If you prefer your sparkling wine dry, look for “brut nature” or “brut” on the label. “Seco” offers a hint of sweetness, and “semiseco” and “dulce” are the most sweet.

Open one of these bottles of Cava at your 2013 celebration:

Anna de Codorníu Brut ($15)
Anna de Codorníu was the first Cava to incorporate Chardonnay. This sparkling wine is 70% Chardonnay and 30% Parellada. Yellow apple, citrus and toasted almond aromas and flavors from the Chardonnay are balanced with floral notes from the Parellada, with a crisp and refreshing finish.

Parés Baltà Brut ($11)
This sparkling wine is a blend of Macabeo, Parellada, and Xarel·lo. Aromas of toast, citrus and apple introduce dry flavors of golden pear, yellow apple and grapefruit. Well-balanced acidity and small, energetic bubbles make this a pleasing sip.

Segura Viudas Aria Brut ($11)
This dry sparkling wine is 50% Macabeo, 40% Parellada and 10% Xarel·lo. Lively flavors of pineapple, pear and baked apple mingle with a touch of toasted almond and straw, culminating in a crisp and clean finish.

Poema Brut Cava ($9)
A blend of Macabeo, Parellada and Xarel·lo, this sparkling wine is fresh and lively with subtle citrus flavors.

Ring in the New Year with Codorniu

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

AG Pick Under $15: Pares Balta Brut

Don’t wait until a special occasion to break out the bubbly.  Make any night of the week special with Parés Baltà Brut, a great deal at $11 a bottle.

Parés Baltà Brut is a Cava, Spain’s version of sparkling wine.  Just like Champagne it is made using the traditional method, with the second fermentation taking place in the bottle.  Unlike Champagne, which is made from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir or Pinot Meunier (and comes with a much higher price tag), this Cava is made from the Spanish grapes Parellada, Macabeo and Xarel.lo.

Parés Baltà is a family owned winery in the Penedès region of northeast Spain.  Their vineyards are influenced by a mix of soils and microclimates, along with the nearby Mediterranean Sea.  The winery has been certified organic since 2004.

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For a sparkling wine, the Brut is extremely flavorful.  Aromas of toasty citrus and apple introduce dry flavors of golden pear, yellow apples and grapefruit.  With well balanced acidity and a nicely textured mouthfeel, it’s a pleasing sip, right through the fresh, crisp finish.

Pair the Parés Baltà Brut with shellfish, seafood, salads and light pasta dishes — or enjoy a glass on its own on a weeknight!

Parés Baltà Brut is $11 a bottle.

11.5% alcohol by volume