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Toast 2014 With Elegant Pink Cava: Raventós i Blanc's Sparkling Rosé
2011 Raventós i Blanc de Nit Rosado Cava
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2011 Raventós i Blanc de Nit Rosado Cava: It's not Champagne, but dry, delicious cava deserves respect—especially when it comes from a top producer. Raventós i Blanc is the lower-production, higher-quality label from the family behind Cordoníu—the first and most well-known cava label in Spain. Their de Nit sparkling rosé is a perennial good value, and the 2011 is fantastic. It has a fresh raspberry nose and a floral palate that suggests a very well-made, strawberry-inflected rose soda. With tiny bubbles and a silky texture, this is a sparkling wine that's elegant enough for a midnight toast, even though it costs a fraction of what you'd pay for rosé Champagne.

Drink It With: Barbara Shinn and David Page's amazing Champagne vinegar-braised pork.

Best Price Online: $21 at Saratoga Wine Exchange. (Find more stores.)

Also Look For: Raventós i Blanc's frothier, creamier white cava, L'Hereu. The 2011 has intense white peach and spice flavors.

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