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Cava makes a comeback ...

Thursday 21th July 2016 | by Michael Jobling (Google+) | posted in Summer Drinking

Prosecco has been at the top of the pile when it comes down to good value bubbles. However, I am pleased to report that Cava is making a bit of a renaissance in that department.

A few years ago Cava was recognised as the first port of call when it came to looking for less expensive bubbles, but for some reason it fell out of favour. With the wine baying public and talking to friends in the trade they too have noticed a renewed interest in the wine and the fact that Cava is begining to give Prosecco a run for its money. I am delighted we have recently sourced a new Cava for our list.

Mas Macia is made in the traditional champagne method with adds complexity. With bags of flavour and long lasting delicate bubbles and under £10 a bottle it is in the same ball park as Prosecco. Don't get me wrong I have nothing against Prosecco, I love the ones we list, but it is nice to have an alternative and a change.

Whilst we were busy doing the research to find a decent Cava, we also discovered a delightful white from the Rueda region. Called Diez Siglos, it is made from 100% Verdejo grapes which has produced a wine that is crisp and dry with lovely fruit flavours, at £7.50 it is not going to break the bank.

While talking about Spannish wines, I must also let you know about our newish Spannish red - Castillo Ladera, also worth a try, a blend of Tempranillo and Syrah, very approachable and medium bodied with fruit and spicy flavours and at £6.72 like the Rueda does not break the bank.

So lets continue to enjoy the fabulous weather alongside a glass or two of some ideal Summer drinking wines.