You say tomato & I say tomata–let’s celebrate! In Spain, sparkling wine is called Cava, as it is most often aged in underground caves. I have personally visited the underground cellars where Cristalino is turned from mere juice to Barcelona bubbly, a local treasure gone global.
“Jaume Serra was founded in 1943 by distinguished enologist Jaume Serra Guell. It is located in the Garraf subdivision of the Denominacion de Origen Penedés, the largest wine growing area in Catalonia. The winery is situated on the 300-acre El Padruel estate and shares the landscape with the famous 17th -century fortress of the same name in the Mediterranean coastal town of Vilanova y la Geltru, some 50 kilometers south of Barcelona. Over the years, the fortress on the estate has played an historical role in navigating the Mediterranean Sea as well as in the Spanish civil war.”
Cristalino Brut is a blend of 50% Macabeo, 35% Parellada, 15% Xarel-lo grapes with green apple & fine bubbles bursting from every glass. Not just a trade secret, but this may be the best value out there for a super-bargain sparkling wine. Clean, & insanely cheap fun is to be had with each bottle of Jaume Serra Cristalino Brut.
And Critics agree:
“91 Points -“Best Buy”; “Extreme Value”- Wine & Spirits
“Our Favorite Cava”- A Top-Value Sparkler – Quarterly Review of Wines Magazine
“Top Values in Sparkling Wine from Around the World” – Wine Spectator
“Best Sparkling Value Around!”- Stephen Tanzer’s lWC
“Best Buy”- Wine Enthusiast, December 2011
“Spain’s Best Values”- Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate