About This Wine
Even great wines can be bargains. Exhibit A: Cristalino Brut Cava.
For what you’d pay for a single bottle of fine French Champagne, you could buy a case of Critalino Cava, which is made by Spain’s Jaume Serra winery. Founded in 1943 by Jaume Serra Guell, the estate is situated in the Garraf area of Spain’s Penedes growing region. It was purchased in 1997 by the J. Garcia Carrion family, which invested heavily in renovation and modernization.
Spanish law requires that sparkling wine be made in the Methode Champenois — the way it’s crafted in the Champagne growing region of France. However, the grape varieties used, other than Chardonnay, are different. For the Cristalino Brut Cava, the varietal makeup is Parellada, Chardonnay, Macabeo and Xarel-lo.
And what a sparkling beauty it is, made in a crisp and clean style with plenty of fruit flavor and a long, lingering finish. Here’s to a great wine, and a great value!
- Grape Composition:Parellada, Chardonnay, Macabeo and Xarel-lo
- Grape Source:Penedes Growing Region of Spain
- Aromas & Flavors:Lemon, Lime, Apple and a Hint of Yeastiness
- When to Drink:Now Through 2015
- Food Pairing Suggestionbrunch fare, or fried chicken.