Monday, September 21, 2009

Adar de Elvi Cava Brut: A Kosher Sparkler

Are you seeking a Kosher sparkling wine? Rather than looking for a wine from Israel, you might want to consider a Cava from Spain.

Elvi Wines is a family-owned company in Spain that only produces Kosher wines, from several different D.O.s, including Priorat, Utiel-Requena, Ribera del Jucar, La Rioja, and Cava. I previously reviewed their 2004 Makor de Elvi, which I really enjoyed. So when I found their Cava at a local wine store, I had to try it.

The Adar de Elvi Cava Brut ($24) is produced from the traditional Cava grapes: 40% Xarel·lo, 30% Macabeo, and 30% Parellada. The wine is aged for about twelve months in the bottle and it only has an alcohol content of 11.5%. It is very dry with interesting floral notes and mild citrus notes. It is crisp and clean with a moderately long finish, and without any yeasty aftertaste. I very much enjoyed this Cava, and actually drank it with some potato chips. The Cava went well with the salty chips.

This winery does not really emphasize on their labels that the wine is Kosher. The designation is there if you look carefully, but it is not a marketing tool for the winery. You might not even realize the wine is Kosher if you did not scan the label carefully. This is just a delicious wine that also happens to be Kosher. It gets my recommendation!

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