Cava – a crisis of identity

The height of Cava's brand image?

There is a crisis amongst Cava producers who have a unique story to tell, in a sector dominated by the marketing giants of Freixenet and Cordoniu who thrive on €2/bottle supermarket volume.

Had a Glass: NV Fernando de Castilla Fino “Antique”

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She says: “Rich” is not normally a word that comes to mind when drinking Fino sherry.

He says: What stands out most for me is how much character this Fino has.

Uncovering the mystery of the Sherry Triangle

Surface-film flor in a sherry butt

No study for the WSET diploma fortified unit would be complete without a visit to Jerez de la Frontera, the home of Sherry. We discovered our love for Sherry whilst living in Vancouver and were excited to explore its origins. We visited three very different bodegas during our weekend getaway – Lustau, Bodegas Tradicion and Gonzalez Byass, all located in Jerez de la Frontera.

Had a Glass: 2009 Telmo Rodríguez Rueda Basa Blanco

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He says: We’re always wary of hype, but happy to find it justified in this case.

She says: Easy drinking, with a pleasant finish that is perfect for summer.

Had a Glass: 2009 Bodegas Lopez Mercier Cal Y Canto

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He says: It is absolute garbage, and almost undrinkable.

She says: I barely drank any of this wine but a few sips was enough to tell me that I didn’t want any more.

Segura Viudas Cava Brut Reserva

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He says: Honestly, I’d drink this everyday if we had an endless supply.

She says: At it’s 2010 price of $14 this was a steal but even at 2011 prices, its a great value bottle of bubbles!

Drinking with a legend: Miguel A. Torres

Source: http://www.playhousewinefest.com

Miguel A. Torres, born in 1941, is one of the most celebrated wine icons in the world. He has won numerous accolades including the prestigious Decanter Man of the Year award in 2002. Yet, despite all his fame and the success of the Torres corporation, he is remarkably down-to-earth, humble, and lovingly self-deprecating.

Wine truths

“Wine is the intellectual part of a meal while meat is the material.”
by Alexandre Dumas

Wine Ratings

★☆☆☆☆ - Poor quality. Avoid. Save your money. Between 80-84 points.

★★☆☆☆ - Average quality or poor value. Between 84-88 points. Some expensive wines are downgraded for bad value.

★★★☆☆ - Good. Between 88-92 points. Or a good value on the lower end of the point scale.

★★★☆☆ - Excellent quality. Between 92-96 points. Or a cheap yet good quality wine which is excellent value.

★★★☆☆ - Outstanding, best examples in the world. Between 96 and 100 points. A perfect wine.