Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Canals & Munné Approaching 100 Years of Cava Production


Next year, Canals & Munné will celebrate 100 years of Cava production. Recently I visited the cellars and tasted their award winning Cava’s as part of the sponsored 50 Great Cava's Tour.

During our tour of the facility the charming Oscar Medina Canals demonstrated the manual corking equipment and showed us how the cage and cap was attached to the bottle.

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In the tasting room we tried several of the Cava's including an organic offering, Dionysus Brut Nature, and my personal favorite the Insuperable a blend of 40% Macabeau, 30% Xarel•lo, and 30% Perellada—a lovely balanced Cava with a floral nose, bright fruit flavors, and a bit of spice on the finish.

After the tasting we went to the Cava centric town of Sant Siduru d'Anoia to the original location of Canals & Munné, which is now a restaurant and there we commenced upon a long lunch and paired traditional foods of the region with several more wines.


The highlight of the meal were the calçots --fresh green onions that are barbecued six minutes on each side, then the center shoot is pulled from the long green outer leaves, dipped in salsa de calçots and eaten by throwing your head back and dropping the onion into your mouth and hopefully not down your shirt. Fortunately plastic bibs were provided to keep everyone pristine.



Export manager Natalia de la Calle Zancajo showed us how to prepare the traditional Catalan appetizer Pa amb tomàquet which consists of tomato, garlic and olive oil on fresh toasted bread. She cautioned us not fill up on too much before the main meal but it was hard to resist. In addition to the fabulous calçots, the lunch included plates of fresh salad greens, artichokes, white beans, roasted peppers and eggplant, lamb and sausage with potatoes and the signature dessert Creme Catalan. The wines served were the Canals & Munné 1915 blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Xarel*lo and Macabeu. Alos the Reserve de L’Avi, and the Gran Duc Cava in the distinctive flared bottom bottle.

DETAILS:

Canals & Munné
Plaça Pau Casals 6
08770 San Sadurní
Barcelona, Spain




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