Vilarnau Cava Brut Reserva NV, Catalonia, Spain (£11.99 Ocado, Cambridge Wine Merchants, Oxford Wine Company, Jolly Vintner, Bona Fide, Wine Direct, Cheers) Smells ripe and quite fleshy, with toasty notes giving some mature authority, then rich flavours of lemons (fresh and cooked) and more of that toasty element, quite broad-shouldered […]

Vilarnau Cava Brut Reserva NV, Catalonia, Spain

Champagne Comtesse de Bellefleur NV, France (£29.99 Laithwaites) Rich with a slight nuttiness, but it looks like that richness seems to come from high dosage rather than extended aging or a good base wine. OK, but not much class. C(-) The Society’s Champagne Brut (Alfred Gratien), France (£29.50 The Wine Society) […]

Four Sparkling Wines – Champagne, Cava & Tasmania

You know those Tom & Jerry cartoons when Tom has an angel on one shoulder whispering something in one ear and a demon on the other telling him the opposite? That’s how I used to feel about wine and Christmas. Yes, I know it’s the season of peace on earth […]

Three wines for Christmas

Codorníu Reina Maria Cristina Cava Blanc de Noirs 2008 (£14.99 Majestic) Made mostly from Pinot Noir, this manages to pack in bumptious fruit flavours – apple, citrus, raspberry – but retain the Cava freshness and earthiness. Rich (although not too rich) rather than elegant, but a darned good drink. S- […]

Wine Tasting Video: Cava Part 2 – Red, White & ...

Recently tasted my way through eight Spanish sparklers – here’s the verdict on the first five, the second video will be on the site soon. And apologies for the dreadful joke at the start… Waitrose in Partnership Cava Brut NV (Castillo Perelada) (£8.99 Waitrose) Soft but elegant, a touch of […]

Wine Tasting Video: Cava Part 1 – five whites