Just the Bottle

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Bodacious Bohigas

When I visited Spain in October last year with one of the goals being to drink all the cava I was lucky enough to visit Bohigas.  Maria Casanovas-Giró was gracious enough to give us a personal tour with a history of the estate and family.  The estate has been around since the 13th century with the family managing the vineyards for eight centruies and has been a witness to history in Spain.

Can Macià is composed of 35 hectares in a Mediterranean-continental-type of climate.  The family has generally planted the traditional cava varietals - Macabeu, Xarel-lo and Parellada, but is open to experimenting with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.  There is a second property area that is newer composed of 45 hecatares.

We visited the underground cellar.  It’s sort of breath taking to view these underground cellars.

Look at that creepy doll.  The house was filled with unusual items sort of like a Spanish version of Ripley’s.  I like anyone born in the early ’80s is terrified by dolls.  It all stems from Chucky.

At the end of our tour, we sat down and enjoyed a multicourse meal paired with different cavas from Bohigas.

Besides bringing home a bottle of Noa (one of my favorites), I have found Bohigas carried at shops in DC area like DCanter and at Mocking Bird Hill. 

If you see a bottle of Bohigas in a shop or on a menu, order it as it won’t disappoint.

Christina loves Cava

I was lucky enough to visit Spain recently. After spending a couple days in Barcelona (pictures and stories to come later), I joined a group outside the city. Our mission was simple - drink all the cava.

One of my favorite wineries on the visit was Mascaró. Like most of the wineries we visited, it is family owned. They are led by the matriarch Ms. Monserrat Mascaró, Co-owner & Oenologist.

We were led on an amazing tour by one of the staff, Maria, who explained that 30% of the business was cava related. About 40% of their cava is consumed in Catalonia. They produce about 100,000 bottles of cava and 300,000-400,000 bottles of brandy a year.

The wines and cavas are grown in Mascaró’s Mas Miquel vineyards.

The facility we toured was considered an urban winery located in the downtown area of Penedès. The location was along a path that linked the city center to the train station.

One of my favorite cavas was Cuvee Antonio Mascaró. It is a Cava Gran Reserva Brut Nature which means no dosage added with an aging time of 30 months or longer. This cava could be enjoyed as an appertif, but paired spectacularly with our lunch. The nose was aromatic with nutty and some minor floral notes. The cava danced in the mouth with fine bubbles and creamy notes. Would you believe it is super affordable as well?

I ended up buying a bottle of the Brandy X.O. Ego. I knew I would be hard pressed to find he something of that quality back home at the same price point. It was incredibly smooth and refined with slight vanilla and toasty notes.

Spain Baby

I am super excited to be traveling with Wine Pleasures as part of the Cava Blogger trip! Wine Pleasures produce an electronic book with the 50 great Cavas each year. Last year’s version is available for download here.

Look for pictures, video and posts about all my fun in Spain during October. I am also going a little early to enjoy Barcelona. Feel free to leave comments on suggestions on what to do, where to eat and drink while in Barcelona.