AG Pick Under $15: Pares Balta Brut

Don’t wait until a special occasion to break out the bubbly.  Make any night of the week special with Parés Baltà Brut, a great deal at $11 a bottle.

Parés Baltà Brut is a Cava, Spain’s version of sparkling wine.  Just like Champagne it is made using the traditional method, with the second fermentation taking place in the bottle.  Unlike Champagne, which is made from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir or Pinot Meunier (and comes with a much higher price tag), this Cava is made from the Spanish grapes Parellada, Macabeo and Xarel.lo.

Parés Baltà is a family owned winery in the Penedès region of northeast Spain.  Their vineyards are influenced by a mix of soils and microclimates, along with the nearby Mediterranean Sea.  The winery has been certified organic since 2004.

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For a sparkling wine, the Brut is extremely flavorful.  Aromas of toasty citrus and apple introduce dry flavors of golden pear, yellow apples and grapefruit.  With well balanced acidity and a nicely textured mouthfeel, it’s a pleasing sip, right through the fresh, crisp finish.

Pair the Parés Baltà Brut with shellfish, seafood, salads and light pasta dishes — or enjoy a glass on its own on a weeknight!

Parés Baltà Brut is $11 a bottle.

11.5% alcohol by volume