Written By Treve Ring Libations / Sparkling Wine Dec 30, 2011 Parés Baltà Cava Brut NV SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestParés Baltà Cava Brut NV Penedès, Spain $20-24 +366872 available at BC Liquor Stores and select private liquor retailerswww.paresbalta.comIf you have Champagne wishes for New Year’s but a water budget post-Christmas, let me remind you of the virtues of Cava. Spain’s traditional method sparkling wine is painstakingly crafted in the same way as France’s Champagne, the main difference being the grapes used – Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier are here replaced by Parellada, Macabeo and Xarel.lo.Parés Baltà is a family owned winery in the Penedès region, with ecologically sound farming traditions reaching back to 1790. Though officially certified organic in 2004, the vineyards have been sustainably managed for generations (complete with flocks of sheep and hives of bees to aid fertilization and pollination). Today the winery remains strongly a family affair, with three generations actively at work. Grandfather Joan Cusiné Hill (b. 1917) continues to be active together with his son Joan Cusiné Cusiné. However, daily operations have now passed to the two grandsons – Joan and Josep Cusiné Carol, and the winemaking is in the expert hands of Maria Elena Jimenez and Marta Casas, enologists and wives of Joan and Josep.This incredible value Cava is just one of a lineup of sparklers, whites and reds they produce. Dry and citrus crisp, with a lovely pure minerality throughout, this orangic Cava has juicy red apple, toasted nuts and fragrant perfumed pear notes on the palate. Creamy and elegant, with a lengthy and bright mineral finish, this is a stylish sparkling wine to ring in the new year, and will do double duty (if there’s any left) at your New Year’s Day brunch the next day. Though at around $20 (approximately one third the entry level price of Champagne), you can afford to buy an extra bottle for brunch.Rating: (click here to see what our wine ratings mean) EATrecommendsParés Baltà Cava Brut NVDry and citrus crisp, with a lovely pure minerality throughout, this orangic Cava has juicy red apple, toasted nuts and fragrant perfumed pear notes on the palate. Creamy and elegant, with a lengthy and bright mineral finish, this is a stylish sparkling wine to ring in the new year, and will do double duty (if there’s any left) at your New Year’s Day brunch the next day. CavaSparkling Wine SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Treve Ring Treve Ring is a wine writer, editor, judge, consultant and certified sommelier, and has been with EAT Magazine for over a decade.\r\n\r\nIn addition to her work with EAT, she is a Wine Critic and National Judge for ... Read More You may also like Beer / Beer & Cider / Drink / Events / Victoria March 24, 2019 A New Beer Society in Town Victoria Beer Week launched its sixth annual festival earlier this month, which ran from March 1-9. In addition to the festival returning for another ... Read More Beer / Wineries & Breweries February 4, 2019 Vancouver Island Brewery’s New Porter and New Re-Rebrand Vancouver Island Brewery unveils new porter along with their new re-rebrand Vancouver Island Brewery held a flight night last week, in part to ... Read More Causes / Events January 25, 2019 Blue Monday Pop-Up Bar – 100 Proof Blues January can be tough around these parts. In fact, it has come to be so globally known as such, that the third Monday of each January has ... Read More Cocktails / Events January 25, 2019 The Complete Bartender Competition 2019 Little Jumbo played host to Nimble Bar Co.’s The Complete Bartender Competition, January 16, 2019 Last Wednesday, I judged my first cocktail ... Read More Beer & Cider / Events / Victoria March 1, 2018 Victoria Beer Week launches its fifth year Victoria is once again readying itself to host the fifth annual Victoria Beer Week. As locals and beer geeks alike wet their palates for special ... Read More Coffee & Tea / Victoria December 18, 2017 Level Ground Trading Moves Up to New State-of-the-Art Headquarters Victoria, BC – Level Ground Trading, Victoria’s Fair Trade pioneer, is moving from their current location in Central Saanich, to a larger ... Read More Comments are closed.