Nya stjärnor på systembolaget

Vi får fler och fler bra cavor att välja bland även här i sverige. De senaste tillskotten på bolaget kommer från ett av Penedès bästa cavahus, Torelló. Jag har länge saknat dem och nu finns åtminstone två av representanter ur husets portfölj att beställa via beställningssortimentet. Dessvärre endast i kolli om 6 flaskor, men de kommer till ett så bra pris att jag inte ser det som ett problem.

FullSizeRender-2 Torelló Special Edition nr 77806

Denna cava kallas ofta för ”Barcelona edition”, då flaskans heltäckande dekor är helt inspirerad av den katalanska huvudstaden, med bland annat landmärken som Sagrada Familia.
Det är en traditionell blandning av Xarel.lo, Macabeu och Parellada, lagrad minimum 24 månader och smakar just som en välgjord traditionell cava skall smaka. Helt ärligt har jag rekommenderat denna till allt från ”mingelbubbel”, till skaldjurstallrikar och som ”gå-borts-pressent”. Den är otroligt gångbar och jag har inte träffat någon som inte gillat den. Inte helt snustorr, då det är en ”brut”, och med frisk smak, samt både lagrade toner och ungdomlig frukt kvar i smaken. Jag skulle kunna ge en intrikat beskrivning av honung, vita blommor, persika och allsköns aromer som kan beskriva denna cava, men helt ärligt tycker jag det blir lite långtråkigt att läsa alla dessa vinbeskrivningar. Jag begränsar mig till att säga att den är SUPER, ordentligt med ”pang för pengarna” helt enkelt! Testa får du se!

Torelló Pàl-Lid Brut Rosé Reserva nr 77834

Detta är en av husets nyaste tillskott och är underbart lätt, frisk och fräsch. Till skillnad från husets traditionella rosé som är djupt rosa är denna ljust laxrosa, och namnet Pàl-Lid betyder just blek på katalan. Den är som moderna roséviner gjord på Pinot noir och smakar där efter med röda bär i förgrunden. Härligt fruktig och lätt, men även med karaktär som den fått från sina (minst) 18 månaders lagring på flaska. Det blir inte mer passande än så här till sommaren. Jag tror att få roséfantaster kommer att bli besvikna på denna, eller ha problem med att det är kollikrav på minst sex flaskor vid beställning.

Jag kan VARMT rekommendera båda dessa cavor från ett av mina absoluta favorithus. 

Är du  på väg ned till Barcelona på semester? Då tycker jag att du skall besöka Torelló, för det är ett helt fantastiskt cavahus.

Vill du läsa mer om cavahuset Torelló så finner du information här:

New Newsletter in your mailbox!

Just sent a new newsletter with tips and tricks when you are planning to place your vaccation in our beloved Cava country. Don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t miss the next one!

I love diversity, that’s why I love cava

The diversity within the DO Cava is both a blessing and a curse, and many people working with cava would agree on this. I choose to see the positive side. So what is actually so great about it?

Well let me explain…

xarello grapesThe biggest reason for the great diversity among cava is the fact that nine grape verities that can be used, more to choose form right there. Xarel.lo, macabeu and parellada are the most common verities and make up the backbone in traditional blends. Many people would say that this trio is the soul of cava and what makes it so special. But you also have chardonnay and malvasia among the white grapes allowed. When it comes to the red verities there are trepat, garnacha, monastrell and of course the very popular pinot noir. Since it is now allowed to make blanc de noire also in the DO Cava, with trepat as only exception, the possibilities are many. In my opinion all these red grapes make a great spread of rosé cavas, from the elegant salmon pink to the fruity bright raspberry coloured, that can be enjoyed and used in combination to endless types of food.

Bottles in rimaThe three age classes from the minimum ageing of nine months, to the reserva at a minimum of fifteen months and the gran reserva at thirty months or more, are also one aspect that widens the range of choice. Unfortunately many people only know the very young products and think that this is the only way to have cava. Numerous times I have met wine people and even fellow sommeliers that think that cava cannot be aged, and nothing could be further from the truth. Some even say that the local grapes don’t have the structure to age in a good way, and to those I can very much recommend a trip to the cava houses of Gramona, Recaredo, Juvé y Camps or Castell San Antoni, just to mention a few.

Vine yards at RecaredoOne other aspect that contributes to the wide spread of choice with in the cava family is the price range, and this is a very debated subject. Mass produced or high end, the choice is yours. I’m not saying that this wide spread is all good. But if you exclude the very cheapest bottles from the discussion, I do think it is great that you can find a cava that suits your taste, the occasion and your wallet. Because to be honest, most of us are not made of money and can’t drink 50 Euro bubbles every day, at least I can’t. And one thing that you can be sure of is that you very often get extremely good value for your money, since the land prices and production costs are so much lower in Penedès then say Champagne.

So my dear friends, if you have not already dived in to the sea of great cavas out there and enjoyed the diversity. I highly recommend you to do that as soon as possible and I’m absolutely positive you will find some favourites.

Cheers and happy hunting!

Anna and cava


Cava is booming!? …or what is happening?


Many people often ask me; “It is a real cava trend right now isn’t’ it? I just see cava every where.”. I have to totally agree with them. I have these last years seen a steady trend here in Sweden and also experienced the same on social media. The interest for cava is growing, but I also think that with my own focus I tend to notice cava more since I’m already interested, and so does the people who ask me this question. But there are facts that support that there is actually a cava trend. Just look at all the restaurants that have started to serve cava by the glass and even advertise it outside. There are also specialized cava bars or “cava inspired bars”, that are popping up all over Europe. Even on the island Gotland outside Sweden’s east cost in a very small village called Ljugarn, you can find a very good one. So yes, cava is absolutely growing when it comes to popularity and trendiness. But this development has been going on for quite some time.

In 200IMG_00100 a total of 196,7 million bottles of Cava were produced, of which 50 percent were consumed within Spain. In 2013 there were 241,4 million bottles produced. Not only has the production grown with almost 23 percent during this period, the consumption has also shifted. Now 66 percent is exported and enjoyed by us living outside Spain.

The biggest cava lovers, if we look at volume sold, are found in Germany, followed by the UK, Belgium and the US. Sweden holds place number ten, which I must say is quite good with barley 10 million people. Divided on the population Swedes drink about 0,3 bottles of cava annually, while the Germans who are the biggest importers drink half a bottle of cava per person a year. So maybe the love is not that much bigger in Germany than in Sweden… they are just more people.

Looking at statistics from Consejo Regulador del cava, one interesting thing is to see what type of cava we drink. Almost nine out of ten bottles of cava sold (and I presume consumed), fall in to the category of young cava, that is aged for a minimum of nine months. Only ten percent is aged for more than fifteen months and the production of Gran Reserva (aged minimum 30 months) is only two percent. So it is not strange that most people have an image of cava as young, uncomplicated and rather cheep.

On top of this the statistics show that importing countries don’t really like the really dry cavas, since almost half the bottles we buy are Brut, and 49% is Seco or Semi-Seco!

One might conclude that when it comes to cava outside Spain, what most people drink is approximately half a bottle of very young semi sweet cava a year… and on top of everything they then compare it with champagne! I rest my case.

Do me (and your self) a favour, and go and buy a Gran Reserva Brut Nature in your closest store so we can get a change in the statistics.




anna på camino

Bottles that will keep you going until spring comes!

Do you like me long for Spring?
I hate this cold, snow, ice and gloomy weather, so much that I have become totally addicted to tulips! Maybe because I can’t enjoy bubbles in the same way as before due to a growing belly. But I thouht I’d give you all some tips regarding nice bottles that might help you brighten up that gray winter day! All these bottles are also avalible at the swedish monopoly, for all you poor people that share my unfortunate situation of beeing stuck here in the snow.

IMG_1030.JPGBombonetta by Jaume Giró i Giró,
This bottle is one of my long time favourites from the winemaker Ramón. It is a brut Gran Reserva aged for a minimum of 40 months.
Grapes: 38% Xarel.lo, 17% Parellada, 17 % Macabeu 15% Pinot Noir and 13% Chardonnay.
Wonderful fresh stye with flowers, nuts and baked goods in the nose. Great soft bubbles.
At the monopoly in Sweden you can now buy this bottle for 229 SEK, which is a GREAT price! (Special ordering segment nr: 77591) A real ”must buy”!



de nitDe Nit by Raventós i Blanc,
This sparkling wine (Raventós left DO Cava in 2012) gives me real spring feelings! It is a very pale rosé, that is super crisp and elegnat. I LOVE it! It is an extra brut Reserva aged for a minimum of 18th months.
Grapes: 42% macabeu, 37% xarel-lo, 14% parellada and 7% monastrell.
Super fresh with its white grape base, but with a rich fruity pallet that really makes you think of spring. And nothing makes you long for summer as a rosé!
Can be bought at the monopoly for 169 SEK. (Special ordering segment nr: 77423)

OliviaOlivia by Castell D’Age
If you are looking for something ecologic this cava is a great spring choise. It is actually aged in oak, which gives a little touch that I like. It is a Reserva brut nature, so no added sugar.
Grapes: 100% chardonnay.
This cava is my clear favourit from this house. It is fruity, with clear notes of bread from the ageing but those subtil oak notes realy make it that extra special.
It c
an be bought at the monopoly for 171 SEK. (Special ordering segment nr: 77169)

These are my three tips for right now!
Hope you like them!

Bubbly hugs!!