Saturday, July 6, 2013

Rondel Brut Cava

Do you like Champagne, but don't have $30 a bottle to burn?  Do you find Asti a little too sweet?  Have you enjoyed a nice Prosecco, but your retailer is out of Processco, and you see this Champagne shaped bottle labeled "Cava" but are not so sure if you'll like it?

Buy it!

Cavas are great.  They're similar to Proseccos (though the Italians would SCOFF at that statement), not as sweet as a Asti, and about 1/8th the price of a entry level Champagne - a TRUE Champagne from the Champagne region of France, not a California bubbly, made of similar grapes as Champagne might be made, and in a similar style, but then jacked up in price just for the name "Champagne" which has falsely been put on the label.

Yes, I like Champagne too, and at major anniversaries, weddings, celebrating new jobs or massive promotions, births of children or grand children, a bottle of Champagne is warranted (in my book) and can be afforded (in my bank account).  But for every day drinking, Cavas and Proseccos are preferable and affordable.  The Rondel Brut Cava was delightful at $5 a bottle form Trader Joe's.  It was consistent with other Cavas I have had, and it did not disappoint.   I recommend it for every-day drinking, especially in the summer time.

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