Diary Entry #9 - Episode #8 Cristalino Cava Brut NV

Hey gang! Sorry for the delay in getting this out to you! I've been busy with family stuff, then went away, now I'm back but sick! It was important for me to post this review so here it is! 

This bubbly that I've reviewed is the popular Cristalino Brut Cava NV which is a spanish bubbly wine. All "Cava's" are Spanish bubbly and they are made in the traditional method (2nd stage fermentation in the bottle, not a tank). 

Unfortunately when I did this review, I didn't have a sparkling wine glass, so the bubbles weren't done justice but...oh well...next time I'll have the proper glasses on hand! Because this sparkling is made in the traditional method, you will get smaller, finer bubbles than if it was produced in the tank method. But the glass really plays a big part in 'showing off' the bubbles. If you don't have a proper sparkling wine glass, you will virtually have no bubbles....like you will see in my video. So this is why it's important to have the right kind of glass! I do want to point out that even though, you don't see the bubbles in the glass, you will still taste the bubbles, so it doesn't 'ruin' the wine, just the presentation won't be as good as it could be.

This wine had a nice crispness on the nose. I smelt green apples and lime. Being a brut, this wine is dry to the taste and had lots of the apple and lime flavours. I also did get a little bit of toastyness on the palette as well. This wine retails for $11.99 at BC Liquor stores and for that price, you can't go wrong! It's nice, fresh, lively and would be a great and inexpensive wine to 'pop' for your new years celebration. Or if you wanted to have mimosas, this wine would also be good. It's decent quality for the price and I don't think you can go wrong!

Let me know if you have tried this wine and what you think of it! Also, let me know what you're drinking this NYE!

Have a safe NYE and best wishes to everyone for 2012! 

xo.h