kelly magyarics

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"Flat" Cava

Last night we opened up a bottle of Albet i Noya Xarel-Lo Classic. Astute wine drinkers will note that Xarel-Lo is the main grape in Spain's answer to Champagne--Cava. So it was no surprise that the wine tasted pretty much like Cava...without the bubbles or yeasty notes. It had some appealing citrus and crisp apple, light body and a clean finish that paired nicely with the pork chops in a mushroom/cream/wine sauce we made (we actually used some leftover Roussanne in the sauce, but the Xarel-Lo would have worked, too.)

Albet i Noya also happens to be Spain's largest producer of organic wines. You can see their entire catalog on their website.