Cava, the sparkling wine of Spain, is known for being pleasant and inexpensive. But now one of its star producers is aiming to be among the best in the world.
Occasionally, your donkey wanders off. It’s one of those things—some days it rains, some days the donkey ends up at the Cafè de la Plaça in the middle of town. Perhaps in small Catalan towns like Sant Sadurní d’Anoia, donkeys sometimes feel a late-afternoon desire for good coffee; who can say? Regardless, when the donkey wanders off, you go get it.
It was when Manuel Raventós, the owner of the Spanish sparkling wine producer Raventós i Blanc, went to retrieve the donkey that he got what he refers to as a “dark look” from one of the old men at the bar. The old men are there every day. The Cafè de la Plaça is where they go to drink coffee and talk about the world. This day, though, the dark look seemed to be saying, “You are betraying Cava and betraying Sant Sadurní!”