Last time we welcomed Christmas, a time in which most big things seem to gravitate around food and drink, and some little things seem to have the unique power to pop Christmas up.
We talked about how national traditional sweets, like Turrón in Spain, are the kind of food that pops Christmas up. In case we talked about the kind of drink that pops Christmas up the thing would be much more obvious and universal: Champagne.
Champagne knows no frontier as the epitome of celebration, but knows of local varieties as in the case of Spanish Cava, mostly associated with Catalonia even if what singles Cava out is not any geographical matter.
Then if you feel a little bit surprised to find some straight reference to Cava in a site that loves to dwell into Valencia‘s culture just let me tell you that over here is lately produced some of the most welcomed and honoured Cavas at National and International levels.
The story begins thirty years ago when one brave Valencian Cava producer managed to achieve the Official Cava Designation for his product, bringing the chance to put Valencian Community at Map below with bold, increasing letters.
The world of designations is a bit stale and right after that, Official Cava Designation locked doors letting the hometown of that brave wine maker, Vicente Gandía from Requena, as the only place all over Valencian Community to hold the Cava Designation –not even Utiel twin-town that makes the joint Utiel-Requena D. O. P.
No problem at all for Valencian Cava-makers, who accordingly splitted production between those who can stick to Designation by locating at Requena and those who make Cava-at-all their way and place.
Now, with time as judge, both sides of the Valencian Cava coin are honoured and acclaimed all over the world of wine.
Three of the seven Gold Awards at last year Bruselas World Contest, something like the World Wine Cup with seven thousand participants, went onto Valencian hands.
Pioneer Vicente Gandía, now called ‘Cava’s Father’, was awarded with two of the seven Gold Awards, with his Miracle Brut and his Hoya de Cadenas Brut Nature. The third Gold Award went to Dominio de la Vega wine-makers with their Domino de la Vega Brut Nature.
Also at the Major International League, Bodegas Muviedro were awarded with Gold Medal for their Luna de Muviedro at World Congress of Champagnes, Cavas and Sparkling Wines 2009.
At the National League, in which Catalonian Cavas play, Valencian Cavas as Artemayor and classic Torre Oria have won many of the latest Enoforum Prizes –a especially prestigious prize as it’s a blind tasting.
These are just some of the main prizes for Valencian Cava today. Perhaps the main one is not onto hands of wine-critics but wine-consumers, who year after year use all its production up. That’s one of the best Designations in this world!
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