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 Food Events / Food News September 18, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-Island & Tofino September|October 2019 The Buzz Up-Island It’s high time for festival season! I anticipate this time of the year all year long when fresh produce is in abundance, ... Read More Food Events / Food News July 3, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-island & Tofino July|August 2019 The Buzz Up-island July 2019 “First we EAT, then we do everything else”(M.K.Fisher) – at least I do anyway. Never short of ... Read More Events / Food News / Places June 27, 2019 City EATS July|August 2019 Summertime means eating al fresco, whether on one of our city’s many lovely outdoor patios or packing a picnic and heading to a park or ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 City EATS May 2019 Summer is on the way! This seems like a good time to remind you about Victoria’s incredible small batch ice cream and frozen treat makers, just in ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 The Buzz Tofino May 2019 16th Tofino Food & Wine Festival — 20 top chefs, 75 wineries and 21 breweries to indulge on June 7th – 9th. Friday kicks off The Cocktail ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 The Buzz Up-island May 2019 Living on Vancouver Island is like living in paradise; however, I think Mother Nature is possibly going to test our resilience this season with ... Read More Comments are closed.