Albert De Vilarnau Glop en silenci… Fermentado en barrica

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANext week I’m hosting a big tasting for 80 people, for a big wine club in Stockholm. I’m of course very much looking forward to this, when have the chance to present some of my favourite houses and Cavas. So I thought I’d give you a sneak preview.

Vilarnau, is a Cava producer that both me and Andréas are extremely fond of. Their winemaker Eva is absolutely fantastic and we are waiting with excitement on some of her projects to run their course so we can try the final products.

Vilarnau have a great portfolio, but I must admit that I’m very fond of their two Albert de Vilarnau. And the one aged on barrica is my absolute favourite. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt is an extra brut with  50% Barrel Fermented
Chardonnay, 30% Macabeo and 20% Parellada, aged for a minimum of 30 months. Part of the free-run juice is fermented in medium toast French Allier oak barrels.  Batonnage is carried out over a period of 6 months, which of course gives an other dimension to the Cava.

The delicate bubbles are very integrated, and with the fruit, nut and cookie notes this Cava makes me sigh. It is fresh but still complex and has a personality that I think tries to tell you something more, without being unpolite, if you get what I mean. It is clearly a Cava that I would like to spend more time with and get to know better.

Unfortunately you can’t buy this Cava in Sweden. Sorry my dear fellow countrymen. But you can by some of Vilarnau’s other Cavas, so you wont be totally without.

I truly hope that you have had a great #Happy_Friday and that you too have had the opportunity to open a ice bottle of Cava.

Wishing all of you a great weekend!

Copa De Cava London

For all you people out there that love Cava, and are curious about the new cava bar, Copa de Cava in London. I’m happy to tell you that I have recieved some pictures from the London cava team, and their winelist. It looks fantastic and I really cant wait to go and visit them.

I hope that you take the chance too!

 

Cava next time you go to London?

First time I heard about Copa de Cava, was when Casey,  @TravelCorkscrew, wrote about it on her blog. A Spanish restaurant, Camino, in London, that on the 17th of May opened a bar focused on Cava. With a range of 29 cavas, eight by the glass, from £4.75 a glass up to Recaredo Reserva Particular 2002 at £95 a bottle, they must be the most well ranged Cava bar outside Spain.

I did of course contact Camino to congratulate them on their fantastic initiative. But unfortunately I couldn’t fly over to the premier. But you can count on that I will be there as soon as I possibly can!

In the mean time I’m keeping up with what they are up to on Twitter, and if you want to do the same you’ll find them under @Camino or on facebook.

London Evening Standard wrote about Cavas increasing status in London just two days ago, in relation to Copa de Cava´s opening. It is good reading http://www.standard.co.uk/

So next time you go to London I hope that you visit them and have a nice glass of Cava, and I’m sure you find one that you have not tried before.

Happy friday with Kripta 2006

Today is a good day. After a very hectic week I got home to find a Kripta in the Fridge, after asking Andréas to choose a Cava for this Friday. A good choice I must say.

I am still new to this filming, so I beg your understanding. But since some of you have asked for a new film since the sabering, I cant do anything else than oblige.

Kripta is a fantastic cult wine, made by Agustí Torelló Mata, and I have had the pleasure to try two bottles of the 2006 vintage. It has the ultimate freshness, and a complexity with fruit, vanilla and some cookies. Delicate in every way.

Kripta vintage 2006 on a friday

Visiting Agustí Torello Mata
Visiting Agustí Torello Mata

 

A second book?

Things are always moving it seems. Never a quiet moment, and I know that I sometimes complain about it. But after all, I am the one making up my own schedule (at least after work), so I guess I can only blame my self. But it feels like I never keep up with my own plans, so I’ll bet the answer is to not plan that much, right?

But now I seem to have a new project cooking. Not only am I planning to do some filming for the blog, since some of you have asked for more tips on Cavas to try, and I’m of course happy to oblige. And maybe you’ll have some more sabering films, who knows? 😉
But appart from that my publisher has asked me if I’m interested in writing a new book about Cava. So maybe you’ll have a new book coming in a year or so. But we will see.

Any how I can not express how happy I am to be able to come home tomorrow and celebrate #Happy Friday Cava with my husband and fantastic neighbour. I have been one week on the road with work and miss home so much it hurts. But soon very soon, you will have a picture of me drinking Cava. That is a promise!

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And I will hopefully be as happy as in this picture.