So let's not beat around the bush, I love me some bubbles. It’s pretty much my favorite go to wine. You need not a “reason” (wedding, new years eve, promotion, etc.) to open a bottle of bubbles. Everyday you can open a bottle of wine is a reason to make that bottle a bubbly one, if you so chose! You can almost bet that if the weather is good and I am bbq’ing in my backyard that there will be some bubbles involved.
This past weekend was the perfect example. I’m in Portland, in the middle of April, and we had a 3-day spurt of high 70’s and peek of some 80 degree weather on Monday. Yes please! That alone is a reason to celebrate! Pop goes the cork.
Now I am not gonna lie to you… I do drink a lot of bubbles (did I already mention that?)… and because of that the vast majority of bottles are not Champagne. As much as I would love the taste and texture of an amazing Champagne in my mouth every night of the week, sadly, my pocketbook would not be able to keep up. So, instead I challenge myself to go out and find alternative bubbles at a lower price point, but equally delightful…. Well almost “equally”… they are pretty darn good.
This past Sunday was an exploration into a super awesome $10 bottle of Cava……
Now, for $10??? Come on! That’s only a few more $$ than a crappy Two Buck Chuck (or rather $3 in Portland). It was a great hot weather bubbly with nice structure and good fruit.
Mont Marçal Reserva Brut
The primary grapes used for this wine were: Xarel-lo (40%), Macabeo (30%), Parellada, (20%) and Chardonnay (10%)
Dry, crisp, and for $10 had some nice elegance. The bubbles were fine with a bit of yeastyness, apple, and a touch of honey in the mouth. All in all, it was super fresh as well refreshing on a hot April day!
I purchased this particular bottle the Hollywood Fred Meyer, in Portland, Ore. (great wine selection for a Freddies!!!)