Wednesday, November 12, 2008


Xarel·lo is a white grape grown in Catalonia, Spain. Along with two other varietals, Macabeu and Parellada, a sparkling wine known as cava is produced. Made in the traditional Méthode Champenoise, cava has varying sugar levels: brut (extra dry), seco (dry), semiseco (medium) and dulce (sweet).

We tried a 2006 Castell Roig Xarel-lo from Wine Library recently. It was medium bodied with apricot aromas and grapefruit flavor. The very high acidity made it more pleasurable with food.

Skip the xarel-lo and stick to cava.