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Xavier and André in DC

Making the Best of a Stormy Situation

On October 30 the Associació Vinícola Catalana was to host “A Catalan Wine Tasting for the Trade” at Jaleo in Washington D.C. The event was to include a tasting followed by a “Sommelier’s Seminar” led by by Lucas Paya. Undeterred by the impending storm, Xavier Esteve of Cava Avinyó traveled all the way from Penedès the weekend before the scheduled tasting to meet André in Washington D.C. But Hurricane Sandy had other plans and the event was canceled.

These two dedicated men made the best of their rain-soaked, wind-blown expedition by joining forces with friends in the area to see what the city had to offer. But Xavier still missed out on his opportunity to present his wines, in person, at a tasting. So we’re going to present those wines to you now.

Cava Avinyó Blanc de Noirs
The newest offering from Cava Avinyó is the Blanc de Noirs Brut Nature Reserva. This wine is made from 100% Pinot Noir and is aged for 24 months before disgorgement. This initial release, although labeled as non-vintage, was sourced from the 2010 harvest. With fine bubbles and the personality of a reserva, the wine is marked by red fruits and floral aromas. Fresh and balanced, it won't leave you indifferent.

Cava Avinyó Selecció La Ticota Gran Reserva
La Ticota is a single two-hectare plot of Macabeu and Xarel-lo that was planted in 1943. The fruit harvested from this vineyard is made into the Cava Avinyó Selecció La Ticota Gran Reserva. Made from 100% free run juice, the wine is aged for at least four years before disgorgement, no dosage is added. Bright white fruits combine with toast notes. On the palate the wine is fresh and vibrant.

Cava Avinyó Brut Reserva
The house special of the Esteve family. The Cava Avinyó Brut Reserva is made from 100% free run juice of Macabeu, Parellada and Xarel-lo grapes. It is aged for 18 to 22 months before disgorgement and given a dosage of 6 grams of sugar per liter.