Richard Siddle, award-winning hospitality and sommelier consultant, and editor of on-trade digital platform The Buyer, led an online round table to discuss the vast potential of Premium Cava in the UK market.
The panel was made up of high-level buyers together with Siddle and Javier Pagés, president of D.O. Cava: Roger Jones, owner, The Harrow at Little Bedwyn; Laura Griffiths, founder, Lingo Vino; Michael Harrison, head sommelier, Signet Hotels; Matthew Harrowven, wine category supply manager, Ocado; and Nicholas Jones, operations manager, hometipple.com.
During the discussion, opinions and reflections about Cava were shared, highlighting the new segmentation and zoning regulations, and culminating with a tasting of Premium Cavas. The meeting left the panellists pleasantly surprised.
"There is no doubt that quality wines are being made in the Cava D.O. that deserve to be on the lists of top restaurants and hotels, and on the shelves of independent and specialist wine merchants,"
The high quality of Cava and the need to de-seasonalise the product, as well as the challenge of re-introducing it to professionals and end consumers, was highlighted.
"Generally, because the price is very competitive, they see it in the same way as Prosecco, which is a big problem as they are completely different products,"
During the debate, there was also a guided tasting of 12 Cavas including: Dominio De La Vega Cerro Tocón; Rovellats Reserva Imperial Brut Rosé; Rovellats Premier Brut Nature; Alta Alella Mirgin Gran Reserva Brut 2017; Cava Guilera Musivari 2007; Guilera Red Xarel-Lo 2014; Pere Ventura Vintage Gran Reserva Brut 2015; Pere Ventura Tresor Gran Reserva Brut 2018; Dominio de La Vega 100% Chardonnay; Juvé & Camps Singular Gran Reserva 2016; Juvé & Camps Gran Juvé Gran Reserva Brut 2016; Juvé & Camps Reserva De La Familia Gran Reserva 2017.
The Buyer is a digital platform that caters to decision-makers in the hospitality sector, distributors, sommeliers, and beverages buyers in restaurants and hotels. The website brings producers and wines closer to professionals, as well as helping to better understand the current needs of the on-trade.
You can see the complete tasting at the following link: https://www.the-buyer.net/insight/d-o-cava-wine-buyers-taste-premium-cava/
You can see the complete debate at the following link: https://www.the-buyer.net/insight/the-buyer-d-o-cava-debate-premium-sparking-wine/