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Anna De Codorníu exceptional value Cava

Anna De Codorníu history of winemaking goes back to 1551, with a family of grape growers and winemakers headed by Jaume Codorníu. In 1659, the marriage between Anna Codorníu and Miguel Raventós, joined forever two major winemaking families and served as the bedrock for the Codorniú brand. By 1872, Josep Raventós produced the first bottles of quality sparkling wine in Spain. Josep expended time in the Champagne region and learned from their winemaking techniques. He applied the traditional method to the local grapes, Macabeo, Xarel·lo and Parellada; creating an exceptional sparkling wine with an identity of its own. A real pioneer in the Spanish Cava industry.

By 1983 Codorníu included Chardonnay grapes on his sparkling, giving birth to Anna De Codorníu. By 2007, the Brut Rosé was introduced with the use of Pinot Noir grapes. By 2011, the Blanc de Noirs made 100% Pinot Noir grapes join the family of quality sparkling wines. 2014 marks the launch of Anna de Codorníu Blanc de Blancs and Anna Rose Brut. These last addition to the Codorníu family of sparkling wines are suited to celebrate any occasion or just to enjoy every day with your favorite dish. For $15 a bottle these well crafted Cava make for excellent value wines.

  • Anna Codorníu Blanc de Blancs Brut: (70% Chardonnay, 15% Parellada 15% Xarel·lo and Macabeo) The Chardonnay grapes come from estate vineyards located in Lleida, the Parellada, Xarel·lo and Macabeo come from various vineyards in Penedès. This sparkling shows vibrant yellow color with hues of yellow-green, with a constant flow of fine beads. On the aroma, you can enjoy Meyer lemon, passion fruit and fresh toasted bread and hints of floral. On the palate, this sparkler displays pleasant acidity, creamy texture, and refreshing finish. This wine shows flavors of tangerine, green apples and caramel and a touch of mineral water. A great value for $15.
  • Anna Codorníu Brut Rosé: (70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay) Both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes come from estate vineyards located in Lleida, The Cava DOC with the most continental climate. This elegant bubbly displays a pale cherry color with raspberry overtones, with a steady stream of fine beads. On the nose, Loganberry, strawberry, and golden apples. One the palate you can enjoy a good balance between red fruit and acidity, finishing light and refreshing. Suggested retail price, $15.

Both wines are food friendly, enjoy them with salads, white fish, fresh oysters, popcorn, fried chicken, smoked salmon, or your favorite charcuterie and cheese plate. Salud!

Delicious 2010 Sila Mencia, Bodega Pazos del Rey

Photo by Edgar Solís

Still trying to find out if this wine arrived as a sample or if we bought in our last trip to Puerto Rico. What a delicious discovery and amazing food pairing experience. Today I decided to cook outside in our patio to test a new Spanish propane burner that we bought with the intention of making paella. I cooked in my 20 years old seasoned wok, a combo of tricolor carrots, zucchini, yellow squash and Crimini mushrooms.  I added cubed chicken thighs, sweet onions, shallots, garlic and thinly sliced chives. I seasoned with Kosher salt, fresh grind black pepper, and few more brown spices. I served the veggies and chicken over brown organic rice, with a side sliced avocado.

2010 Sila Mencia (100% Mencia grape): This wine is from Bodega Pazos del Rey from the D.O. Monterrei in Spain. It is a delightful red wine with violet hues; bright red fruit, sweet vanilla, subtle oak, and violets aromas with cedar and ash notes. On the palate you enjoy red ripe fresh fruit, blackberries, green bell pepper and black pepper. This wine is balanced, just a bit astringent, finished chalky with herbal thyme aftertaste. This wine paired nicely with my chicken and vegetable dish tonight. I can see this wine pairing with a and assortment of dishes and cuisines. Try it with your favorite pasta dish, chicken, pork or beef. Great wine to enjoy with friends by itself or with your favorite meal. Average retail price for this wine is $13.

“Mencia is a red-wine grape native to the northwest of Spain. It is most commonly grown in the province of Leon (it is particularly suited to the slate and alluvial soils of the Bierzo region) but is also a principal variety in regions such as the Valdeorras, Monterrei and Ribeira Sacra DOs in neighboring Galicia. Mencia, which produces thick-skinned, violet-blue grapes, was once thought to be related to Cabernet Franc. Modern DNA testing has disproved this theory, however, but has uncovered that it is, in fact, genetically identical to Portugal’s Jaen.” Mencia grape variety description courtesy of WineSearcher.com.

Chicken and Vegetables Stir Fry