One of my friends in Penedès is one of the winemakers at Juvé y Camps, and he is so kind as to keep me posted on what is going on in the vine yards. This gives me a chance to keep up to date with how everything is going and what they think about the coming harvest.
This spring has apparently been very wet and the risk for mildew has been higher than normal. But now when the summer has come we hope for good weather for the grapes so that they can grow in peace, so that we can get a good harvest after summer.
Last winter I visited Institute del Cava and some producers to learn how to prune the vines, and I had a great time an learned so much. One of the visits was at Juvé y Camps and apparently the vines I pruned still lives, so I can not have been to bad, which is nice.
The last report I got from my friend also included some spring pictures that I of course want to share with you. Straight from the winemakers camera! Enjoy!
Last October we had the pleasure to stay some nights at the producer Raventós i Blanc. Any of you following the blog also know that their De Nit is one of my favourites right now.
We had a lovely time there, and walking the vineyards in the misty morning is more beautiful than words can explain.
Today I got some wonderful news in my mail box. Raventós is releasing a new Cava on the 5th of June. The new vintage de la Finca 2009.
The team at Raventós describes it with these words: “This is a sparkling wine that finishes the philosophy that we started years ago when Pepe began to be the head of the winemaking and winegrowing in Raventós i Blanc, after 20 generations working in the same Estate, since 1497. We have dedicated all our efforts to this new de la Finca 2009 during the past 7 years, taking care of all the details: from the viticulture of bio – synergies that we apply in this 9 historic parcels dedicated to de la Finca, to its new presentation: simple and elegant.”
I must admit that I’m excited about trying it when I visit Penedés in September.
If you want to read more about what is going on at the winery, I can recommend that you follow them on Facebook or Twitter where they are very active. Or you can of course visit their website.
This weekend I had the chance to participate in a cooking show on UNT web tv. I was there to talk about Cava, since Liselotte (the chef) was making tapas.
We had a wonderful time, and the tapas that Liselotte cooked was absolutely wonderful, with one of my favourite tapas, padrones. But also Manchego, marinated olives and patatas con riojos.
To this I brought, Segura Viudas Brut Rosé, Recaredo Brut Nature 2007, Anna de Codorniu and Freixenet Reserva Real. All wonderfull Cavas.
Now we are in June, and none is happier than I, because this means official summer!
One good thing with summer is that even “un-bubbly people” understand that it is time to put some sparkling in the fridge. And I start June off with a recommendation that I came across on my first visit to Penedès and Freixenet.
Reserva Real was first created (I was told) in 1904 when the Spanish king visited the region and the cellars of some of the wineries. Freixenet had then prepared a special cuvée which is still alive and kicking today.
A blend of 80% Xarel-lo, Parellada and Macabeu and 20% reserve wine, ageing for at least 36 months on the lease, makes a full-bodied and complex cava. I especially love the cookie notes and the fine “velvet like” mousse that tingles on the tongue.
For us living in Sweden, we are lucky to find this cava at the monopoly for only 179 SEK, in the ordering section, nr 88959. So if you are interested to try something quite special, you should really try Reserva Real.
This week I had the great pleasure to host a cava tasting for a fantastic wine tasting group in Stockholm. So many wonderful and interested wine loving people. One of the wines I had with me to present was Recaredo´s Brut Nature 2007. A wonderful Cava that I have talked about earlier here on the blog.
Recaredo is a biodonamic producer that has committed to the following:
100% VINTAGE BRUT NATURE CAVA 100% OWN VINEYARDS IN THE ALT PENEDÈS REGION 100% ORGANIC AND BIODYNAMIC VINE-GROWING 100% HAND HARVESTED 100% COMPLETE OWN VINIFICATION 100% AGED FOR AT LEAST 30 MONTHS 100% AGED IN CELLARS WITH NATURAL CORK STOPPER 100% ‘REMUAGE’ BY HAND IN TRADITIONAL ‘RACKS’ 100% DISGORGED BY HAND WITHOUT FREEZING
The vine yards of Recaredo are beautiful and somewhere I always want to go when visiting Sant Sadurní.
This particular cava is one of the great once that we can buy in Sweden, since the market is controlled by the monopoly. The style is light and extremely fine. In the nose a bit of mineral and ripe fruit. Citrus fruit and yellow apples in a very lively and fresh taste with structure and a long after-taste. Recaredo writes about the vintage 2007: “We at Recaredo, believe that 2007 has been an exceptional year, especially for the Xarel·lo variety, with a very important structure and acidity for our style of production. ”
I’m already looking forward to the next time I have the chance to open a bottle from Recaredo.
(If you are living in Sweden, and if you are interested in Recaredo, their great importer Invinitum can answer all your questions.