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Spanish Wine - Wines of Northeast Spain
Cava comes from Catalonia in Northeastern Spain. Cava is a dry white fizz made bubbly the same way as Champagne, by inducing a second fermentation in the bottle.

Spanish Wine - Wines of Northeast Spain
Cava is made from a blend of Macabeo, Parellada, Xarel-lo, and sometimes Chardonnay grapes, which is why it tastes nothing like Champagne. The famous French fizz is made from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier.

Spanish Wine - Wines of Northeast Spain
The two biggest producers of Cava are Freixenet and Codorníu, the latter of which is arguably the better of the two. Codorníu's Raventos Brut is all grapefruit and fresh flowers with Cava's typical hint of earthiness on the finish.

Spanish Wine - Wines of Northeast Spain
Priorat is a trendy Spanish wine from an area of the same name in Northeastern Spain. In the late 1980s, a handful of pioneering winemakers applied modern techniques to the fruit of ancient vineyards to create concentrated, high-quality red wines from Garnacha, Cariñena, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah.

Spanish Wine - Wines of Northeast Spain
Top Priorat wines include Clos Mogador, Clos Martinet, Clos de l'Obac, Clos Erasmus, Clos Dofi (renamed Finca Dofi in 1994), L'Ermita, and Les Terrasses. They're excellent quality, ageworthy, and fairly expensive.

Spanish Wine - Wines of Northeast Spain
The wines L'Ermita, Finca Dofi, and Les Terrasses are made by Alvaro Palacios, the celebrated winemaker who put Priorat on the map. He's also linked with his family's Rioja winery, Bodegas Palacios Remondo.

Spanish Wine - Wines of Northeast Spain
The 2003 Les Terrasses is a complex wine that slowly reveals itself in the mouth with layers of black cherry, tobacco, cocoa, warm stones, and spice flavors. A very alluring wine.

Spanish Wine - Wines of Northeast Spain
The Navara region in Northeast Spain produces a cheerful pink wine called Gran Feudo by Bodegas J. Chivite. Strawberries, red apple, and fresh bread aromas lead to a delicious palate of ripe summer berries. This is a crowdpleasing, afternoon-in-the-sunshine drink to have chilled with a plate of spicy Chorizo sausage.

Spanish Wine - Wines of Northeast Spain
Albet i Noya, Mas Estela, and Bodegas Lezaun are organic producers in Northeast Spain.

Spanish Wine - Wines of Northeast Spain
The best recent vintages for the region include 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, and 2004.

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