Feeling Chic with Cava

Sometimes you want to be a bit extra—put on a cute dress, get your hair did, and have a night on the town. For times like that, there’s CHIC Barcelona Brut Cava. I tried their Rosé Cava not too long ago, so I figured I’d give this one a try.

Hailing from Barcelona, Spain, this sparkling wine is made in the Traditional, or Champagne, Method. It is a single-variety Cava is created 35% Macabeo, 35% Xarel.lo, and 30% Parellada and is grown in the Conca de Barber valley in central Catalonia. The climate is Mediterranean with continental influences, meaning that it tends to have cold winters and slightly mild summers, resulting in a slower maturation of the grapes which, in turn, produces full and fresh wines. Each variety is hand-harvested. The grapes are then de-stemmed separately and the pulp is cooled to 57 degrees before a gentle pressing with a pneumatic pump.

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The wine is light gold in color and has fine bubbles. The aroma is crisp with hints of citrus. I tasted notes of minerals, citrus, banana, and peach. It was sweeter than I expected for a Brut—it kind of reminded me of an after-dinner drink. I found it online for about $10. I paired it with a chic night on the town. Cheers!

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