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Freixenet USA Trade Site - Still and Sparkling wines from Spain, USA and around the world

ACCOLADES

  • BRAND ACCOLADES

    2011 GOLD MEDALS

    Critics Challenge - Platinum

    BEST BUY, 86 POINTS

    Wine Enthusiast, May 2014

    TOP 10 WINES UNDER $10

    "Good Pinot Noir is hard to make cheaply, but this one manages to buck the trend. Medium-bodied and food-friendly, it boasts bright red fruit flavors and soft tannins."
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    Gayot, March 2014

    90 POINTS

    "Floral lemon and spice aromas gives way to elegantly layered Asian pear, cinnamon and yeasty blanched almond flavors. Drink now."
    Wine Spectator Insider, March 2014

    90 POINTS

    "Offers floral lemon and spice aromas that give way to elegantly layered Asian pear, cinnamon and yeasty blanched almond flavors. Drink now."
    Wine Spectator, June 2014

    89 POINTS

    "Rich, creamy and a pleasure to sip, offering aromas of apple and lime, with a touch of white chocolate that opens to luscious flavors of Asian pear, cinnamon and spice. Drink now."
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    Wine Spectator, June 2014

    FEATURED

    "Begins with pleasant aromas of earth, a little bit of green (pyrazine), plum and a hint of tobacco. Tasting reveals a perfectly pleasant wine featuring blackberry, plum, lavender and dark chocolate. It also has a dry, grippy texture that is still smooth and easy to drink. It ends dry with lingering tart blackberry flavors. Nicely balanced and a heck of a good wine for only $8!"
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    ReverseWineSnob.com, March 2014

    FEATURED

    "It has lots of rich dark berry fruit, with some chocolate, coffee, lavender, and spice. Not super complex, but it was a good food wine with some nice fruit, a smooth texture, and a clean finish. Good with the rich flavors and sweet roasted veggies from the dish. Great value."
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    VinedulgeBlog.com, March 2014

    FEATURED

    "Garnet colored, smooth, with strong notes of blackberries, it is a full-bodied wine with a lovely finish."
    Hot Flash Homestead Blog, April 2014

    86 POINTS

    "Ripe and spicy, with some maple cream notes to the dark berry and macerated cherry flavors. Chocolate-covered raisin accents emerge on the finish."
    Wine Spectator, June 2014

    87 POINTS

    “Attractive aromas of ripe strawberry, cinnamon and a hint of rhubarb. Fresh with clean flavors and the kind of sweet juice character that American consumers will especially like. Fruit forward with modest depth but superb at this price point. A flavorful blend of Trepat and Garnacha.”
    International Wine Review, June 2014

    90 POINTS

    "If you are interested in bang for the buck, this straightforward Rioja Cosecha from Vaza should do nicely. This wine is fresh and clean, showing lovely red fruits and good balance between fruit and acidity. The tannins are nicely integrated, making it easy to enjoy."
    Robert Whitley, Winemaker's Challenge , February 2014

    2012 GOLD MEDALS

    Sommelier Challenge

    Sonoma County Harvest Fair – Double Gold

    THE BEST FOR $10 OR LESS

    "Limey and floral, a gentle white for roast chicken."
    Wine & Spirits, February 2014

    89 POINTS, BEST BUY

    "This wine's red fruit has a radiant acidity that makes it feel almost luminous. It's particularly palate-whetting, especially with a Valencian fideuà, like paella except with thin noodles in place of rice."
    Wine & Spirits, February 2014

    88 POINTS

    “Copper rose. A rosé Brut made from 100% Pinot Noir is unusual in the Cava appellation. This one is creamy smooth with ripe red fruit and notes of earth and dried herbs. Very easy and pleasant drinking.”
    International Wine Review, June 2014

    WINE OF THE WEEK

    "Expect to find plenty of ripe red fruit, think cherry and raspberry, on the nose with a touch of earth and wisp of spice playing in the background...This wine is priced and poised to be an easy-going everyday wine, perfect for pairing with everything from pizza to burgers and spaghetti to Eggplant Parmesan."
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    About.com, August 2014

    87+ POINTS

    This young Tempranillo is very fruity and fresh, providing pure red berries on an easy drinking palate. Could be served lightly chilled to accompany a hot summer day’s lunch.
    International Wine Review, July 2014

    FEATURED

    Mia Rosé is featured in Beverage Media discussing the rising tide of rosé wines. The article mentions Mia as the new line by Freixenet made from native Spanish grapes.
    View Article
    Beverage Media, July 2014

    88 POINTS

    "The Vaza Crianza is fresh and fruit forward with attractive dark red fruit notes. While modestly concentrated, it is very pleasant drinking, with dry firm tannins on the finish."
    International Wine Review, July 2014

    RECOMMENDED

    “The nose of this sparkler is lovely, with tangy lemon and floral aromatics.”
    Mutineer Magazine, August 2014

    RECOMMENDED

    Mutineer Magazine recommends Segura Viudas Reserva Heredad, writing that “The nose of this sparkler is lovely, with tangy lemon and floral aromatics.”
    Mutineer Magazine, August 2014

    FEATURED

    At the Sign of the Pink Pig blog posted about the Rioja Grand Tasting in New York, mentioning that VAZA is among Rioja’s newcomers of “bright young wines, for a changing world."
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    At the Sign of the Pink Pig, June 2014

    90 POINTS

    "A festive sparkler, featuring bright aromas of raspberry and baked apple, with balanced, zesty pear, cinnamon and yeast flavors." - T.F
    Wine Spectator, August 2014

    89 POINTS, BEST BUY

    "This is a serious Cava for the money. It’s mildly briny and dusty up front, with peach and apple notes filling out the nose. The palate is elegant and smooth enough, while apple and melon flavors are naturally spicy and ripe given the warm conditions of the ’09 vintage. The long, nectarine flavored finish will win you over."
    Wine Enthusiast, September 2014

    90 POINTS - SONOMA BRUT

    "A festive sparkler, featuring bright aromas of raspberry and baked apple, with balanced, zesty pear, cinnamon and yeast flavors."
    Wine Spectator, August 2014

    FEATURED

    The Tasting Panel celebrates Freixenet’s Centennial in their July issue. Vice President of Marketing, Eva Bertran and winemaker Pedro Ferrer are featured to highlight the past 100 years of Freixenet success.
    The Tasting Panel, July 2014

    SILVER MEDAL, OUTSTANDING

    International Wine & Spirit Competition, 2014

    BRONZE MEDAL

    International Wine & Spirit Competition, 2014

    FEATURED

    “Densely flavored and brick hued, this wine is a true Reserva, patiently aged for almost two years in French and American oak with an extra year slumber in the bottle.”
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    The Frugal Wine Snob, July 2014

    FEATURED

    "Segura Viudas, the Spanish cava known for its remarkable quality-price ratio, is undergoing a dramatic label change. Taking a turn toward the masculine, the new package will be robed in toned of burnished chestnut and will feature the Segura family crest more prominently. The new look rolls our nationwide in September."
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    Beverage Media, September 2014

    RECOMMENDED

    "Lush and lovely."
    D Magazine Sidedish, October 2012

    2013 GOLD MEDALS

    Affairs of the Vine Wine Competition
    Fingerlakes Wine Competition

    BEST BUY

    "This smells yeasty and toasty/smokey, with mild white-fruit scents. For the most part, the palate feels clean and fresh, while papaya, white peach and melon flavors finish with sweetness."
    Wine Enthusiast, November 2013

    EXTREME VALUE

    "Clean and gingery, for roast shellfish."
    Wine & Spirits, October 2013

    BEST VALUE

    "This shows violet, cedar and white pepper accents to its dark raspberry and black cherry notes."
    Wine Spectator, November 2013

    2012 GOLD MEDALS

    International Eastern Wine Competition - Double Gold
    Indiana International Wine Competition - Double Gold
    Long Beach Gran Cru - Double Gold - Sweepstakes
    Los Angeles Wine & Spirits Competition
    North of the Gate Wine Competition - Best of Class
    Riverside Wine Competition - Sparkling Sweepstakes
    San Francisco International Wine Competition - Double Gold
    Tasters Guild International Wine Judging

    2011 GOLD MEDALS

    San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
    Critics Challenge International Wine Competition

    BEST BUY, 87 POINTS

    "Here's an albarino that's creamy with lemon custard scents, fat enough for crab, and fragrant enough for clams or barnacles."
    Wine & Spirits, August 2013

    4 STARS

    "A modestly priced merlot...offers good varietal character. Spice, briar and plum aromas have attractive intensity and it tastes clean and pleasantly savoury with medium weight a soft, smooth middle and fine mild tannins. Good value."
    Ralph Kyte-Powell, Epicure, The Age, September 7, 2010

    90 POINTS

    "Light red-purple, bright and clear; the bouquet has fragrant red berry aromas, the light- to medium-bodied palate with similar fruit enhanced by fine but persistent tannins. Given an extra point for its freshness and elegance."
    Australian Wine Companion, 2013

    90 POINTS

    "A scent of mild toasted wheat carries into the bubble foam of this wine. The clean apple flavors have some delicacy, finishing tight, simple and fine. Serve it with pan-roasted sand dabs or other mild white fish."
    Wine & Spirits, December 2010

    92 POINTS, BEST BUY - 2006 VINTAGE

    "Although it is six years old, this wine remains firm and tense, with a sense of freshness that pervades everything. The brightness of its flavors, the fineness of its texture, the intensity and juiciness of its raspberry fruit only becomes more evident with air. Delicious to drink now, it will age well over the next several years."
    Wine & Spirits, June 2013

    FEATURED

    Tapeña Sweet Red featured in Market Watch article about Spanish wines.
    Market Watch, November 2012

    TOP 100 VALUES OF THE YEAR

    "87 POINTS. BEST BUY. A red-fruited Cava with clean scents of raspberries, this is gentle and peppery, ready to chill for seafood paella."
    Wine & Spirits, June 2013

    FEATURED

    René Barbier featured in Market Watch article about Spanish and Mediterranean wines.
    Market Watch, November 2012

    92 POINTS, GOLD MEDAL, BEST OF CLASS

    2013 Los Angeles International Wine Competition,

    TOP 100 WINES OF 2012

    San Francisco Chronicle, December 2012

    WINE OF THE WEEK

    2010 Tapeña Garnacha
    Press Democrat , February 21, 2012

    BEST BUY, 87 POINTS

    "For a sweet bubbly priced at $9, you can’t go wrong with Carta Nevada Semi Dry. This is smooth from nose to body to finish. Aromas of pear and banana are easy, while the palate keeps its poise and feel while dealing pear, mango and banana flavors. For a sugary sparkler this more than gets the job done."
    Wine Enthusiast, May 2013

    RECOMMENDED

    2010 Tapeña Verdejo
    D Magazine, June 2012

    GOLD MEDAL

    Critics Challenge International Wine Competition , 2009

    "Light, sweet and delicately fizzy, with citrus balancing the delicate pear notes.”
    Wine Spectator, June 2013

    TOP 100 BEST BUYS OF THE YEAR, 89 POINTS

    "One of the most reliable cavas at the price, this offers cool, crisp apple flavors along with leesy notes of toast, nuts and flowers. It's gentle and clean, fuel for a dance party."
    Wine & Spirits, Winter 2013

    20 TASTY WINES UNDER TWENTY BUCKS

    "Produced in Spain's Montsant appellation (in Catalonia) this medium-bodied red is a vibrant ripe blend of Syrah, Tempranillo and Merlot. It hits all the right taste notes with raspberry/cherry fruits and warm spices; a bit of earth and anise add some rustic complexity to the mix."
    Forbes Magazine, October 2013

    89 POINTS

    "This wine shows lots of finesse for the price. The mousse is exceptionally refined, carrying complex flavors of limes, strawberries, brioche, vanilla and honey. The blend is mostly Pinot Noir, with about 9% Chardonnay."
    Wine Enthusiast, Advance Buying Guide, November 2013

    94 POINTS

    "The 2001 vintage was a good one for Gloria Ferrer, and this brut, made almost equally from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, is exceptionally delicious. It was held on the lees all this time, giving it a creamy yeastiness in addition to savory lime, strawberry and vanilla flavors. Drink now."
    Wine Enthusiast, Advance Buying Guide, November 2013

    SPANISH WINES TAKE CENTER STAGE

    Celebrated Living, the premium class in-flight magazine of American Airlines and American Eagle, features Morlanda, Garbó and Mas de Subirà, with quotes from Judit Llop in their Fall issue.
    Celebrated Living, Fall 2013

    93 POINTS

    "Lots to like in this lovely sparkling wine, aged on the yeast for many years before being released. It shows a doughy toastiness to the sunny, ripe raspberries, limes and vanilla, and is silky in texture. Elegant and upscale, it's at its best now, so drink up."
    Wine Enthusiast, December 2012

    "Flavors of melon, mango and kiwi are sweet, while the finish suggests corn cakes and tropical fruits."
    Wine Enthusiast, November 2012

    2013 GOLD MEDALS

    2013 Pinot Noir Shootout

    86 POINTS, BEST BUY

    "Grassy, slightly stalky apple and nectarine aromas feed into a fresh, citrusy palate that brings a mix of white stone-fruit flavors as well as green citrus. A solid, lasting finish is dry and fresh."
    Wine Enthusiast, November 2014

    TOP 10 SPARKLING WINES

    "This creamy prosecco features aromas of honeysuckle and notes of green apple, melon and ripe peach on the palate. It pairs well with antipasti, curry or roasted chicken."
    Gayot, December 2012

    89 POINTS

    “This is a clean and lively Brut showing white flowers on the nose. It’s sprightly on the palate with good intensity of orchard fruit, finishing on a dry chalky note.”
    International Wine Review, June 2014

    FEATURED

    Publix Grape magazine heavily features Freixenet cava in their summer issue with recommendations by Winnie Moranville to enjoy Freixenet Carta Nevada Brut, Cordon Negro Extra Dry, Cordon Rosado, Carta Nevada Semi Dry and Cordon Negro Brut in their summer issue!
    Publix Grape Magazine, Summer 2014

    FEATURED

    Gloria Ferrer is featured "Stars of California Sparkling Wine" in the June 2014 issue of Wine Spectator, and a photo of the Gloria Ferrer terrace is featured prominently above the headline. Anniversary Cuvée and VA de VI are both mentioned in the article.
    Wine Spectator, June 2014

    90 POINTS

    "Nice mix of cherry, chalk, pencil, coffee and glove leather aromas. Lively, clean flavors of raspberry, licorice, minerals and brown spice."
    Wine News, February/March 2005

    RECOMMENDED

    "Freixenet, whose black-bottled Cordon Negro is many people’s go-to party fizz, has just released this kosher cava to the US market. It’s appealingly fruity, with bright green apple notes."
    Ray Isle, Eatocracy at CNN, April 2014

    88 POINTS

    "Dark violet, blueberry and earthy black plummy fruit greets the nose along with streaks of licorice and medicinal spice. Tight, focused and just a bit tart on entry, this open nicely on the palate featuring soft, almost plush fruit underpinned with firm, slight rustic tannins. There’s some nice fruit here, blueberry and plum toned, but the emerging savory nuance adds attractive complexity. It’s a pretty well behaved wine showing a hint of sophistication yet retaining the rugged character of Ribera."
    View article
    Snooth, March 2014

    RECOMMENDED

    "As a fan of dry rose, I encourage people to drink it all year long. Though it's a popular during warm months, think of it as white alternative during winter. This is Garnacha based so it sports spicy, hearty fullness in a refreshing pink package."
    ThirstyGirl.com, December 13, 2011

    90 POINTS

    "A lovely Blanc de Blancs, bright and satisfying in lime, vanilla and toast flavors, with the yeasty complexity of a fine sparkling wine."
    Wine Enthusiast, December 15, 2010

    88 POINTS

    "Dry on the nose, with soda cracker, seltzer, candle wax and lime. The palate is active but settled, with a nice, normal mix of apple and lime flavors. Long, dry and crisp on the finish. Good for seafood and salty tapas."
    Wine Enthusiast, December 2011

    88 POINTS

    “Muted aromas of red berries. Very creamy on the attack with red berry and watermelon flavors, finishing on a long, slightly sweet fruit note. A very pleasant, easy drinking wine that would make a fine aperi­tif beverage. Excellent value.”
    International Wine Review, June 2014

    FEATURED

    “This wine is pure raspberry, with underlying hints of strawberry, red cherry, violet and blueberry, which give a vivid brightness to the wine. “The soils of this vineyard are rocky and volcanic, and they give this wine elegant red fruit characteristics and a firmly structured mouthfeel,” says Iantosca. Anything with mushrooms is my take.”
    Richard Paul Hinkle, Quarterly Review of Wines , Summer 2008

    88 POINTS

    “Bread dough, pear and a touch of sulphur show on the nose of this easy-drinking Cava. The palate is subtly fruited, but it’s bright and clean with good acidity and a dry, crisp finish.”
    International Wine Review, June 2014

    88 POINTS

    "Scents of black cherry and plum carry through this wine, modern and soft as cream. Roast pork in a sweet sauce would match its charm."
    Wine Enthusiast, June 2006

    87 POINTS

    "Leesy and broad up front before a tight scent of apples emerges in the middle, this is vinous, sprightly and gentle. For a white-on-white birthday cake."
    Wine & Spirits, June 2011

    FEATURED

    “Aromatic, with exotic ground spice and jasmine notes, this sweet sparkler shows just enough acidity to balance the candied orange, passion fruit coulis and pineapple fruit.”
    Wine Spectator, June 2014

    91 POINTS

    "This is beautiful bubbly for celebration, recreation or quiet contemplation. With all the delicate, lacey attributes one expects from fine blanc de blancs, Anniversary Cuvée has plenty of flash and substance as well. From its tantalizing slightly floral aroma to its long and memorable finish, this is among the very top California sparkling wines. Created to celebrate the winery’s 25th anniversary, it’s a perfect pour for any commemorative occasion--or for no special reason other than the desire to enjoy a lovely bubbly."
    Marguerite Thomas, WineReviewOnline.com, October 2011

    IMPORT WINE OF THE YEAR

    "The Import Winery of the Year award is a Director's award, meaning it's my decision
    after I look at the entirety of the results. Tapena had a Platinum award-winning wine that was a contender in the championship round for Best Red Wine of the competition, and it also had a Gold medal winner and a Silver medal-winner...Tapena was in the hunt with some very impressive and expensive wines...I know the Tapena wines well and know they are delicious, made with integrity, and always deliver outstanding value."
    Monterey Wine Competition, 2011

    BEST BUY

    "...berry fruit notes and milk chocolate sweetness to the nose... zesty and lean, with cherry, plum and herbal flavors. Juicy and minty on the finish."
    Wine Enthusiast, December 2011

    92 POINTS

    "A complex and heady cava that delivers on its richness without sweetness. Its potent depth of flavor has a smoky minerality and fresh apple-skin notes. This is full and meaty enough to serve with roast chicken or albondigas de ternera (veal meatballs)."
    Wine & Spirits, June 2011

    RECOMMENDED

    "Looking for the perfect wine to complement that juicy steak or smoky grilled chicken? The next time you're invited to a neighbor's barbecue, you're sure to impress with one of our top selections guaranteed to match up well with grilled meats and veggies on a sweltering summer day."
    Gayot, July 2009

    FEATURED

    Wine Searcher published an interview with Mia winemaker Gloria Collell and mentioned the full collection of Mia wines. View article
    Wine Searcher, August 2014

    88 POINTS

    "Offers a festive balance of crisp acidity and lightly sweet and spicy fruit. Lacks depth of flavor, but remains vibrant and fun to drink."
    Wine Spectator, November 2013

    WINNER

    "Best Bargain. Two-Time Wine Trials Selection. This wine is particularly impressive for its price: while it showed Champagne-like characteristics last year, this year it managed to pump up its fruit flavors without losing its deliciously fresh acidic character."
    The Wine Trials, 2011

    91 POINTS

    "A bubbly with broad shoulders and a crisp, minerally backbone. The aromas balance apple and citrus notes with accents of fresh ginger and rubber. The structure suggests that the flavors will blossom with food. Drink now through 2015."
    Wine Spectator, November 2013

    BEST BUY

    "Dry apple and spice aromas accent pear and melon scents. This feels mostly right, with lightly herbal, grassy flavors of apple and citrus that finish with medium intensity."
    Wine Enthusiast, November 2013

    BEST PROSECCO

    Voted "Best Prosecco" (by 13 sommeliers)
    Sommelier Challenge International Wine Competition, 2011

    ACORDEÓN TOP ARGENTINA VALUE BRAND OF THE YEAR

    Wine & Spirits, June 2011

    91 POINTS

    “Intense, heady cherry and blackberry aromas are minerally on one hand and sweet like marzipan on the other. This textbook Garnacha-Carignan blend is tight on the palate, with live-wire berry, plum, earth and mineral flavors. Only on the finish does a touch of raisiny richness rise up; drink through 2017.”
    Wine Enthusiast, July 2014

    92 POINTS

    "This broad red delivers harmonious flavors of plum, toast, mineral and black pepper. A bit austere, but fresh and focused. The muscular tannins are well-integrated, and the savory finish lingers. Best from 2015 through 2025."
    Wine Spectator, December 2013

    TOP 10 HOLIDAY WINES

    "Crisp and acidic with bright citrus flavors balanced by mineral notes. Pair it with light appetizers, crunchy salads or seafood."
    Gayot, November 15, 2011

    TOP 100 BEST BUYS

    "This wine's white fruit flavor has the mineral edge of a whetstone and a spring water freshness. Chill for razor clams."
    Wine & Spirits, Winter 2012

    89 POINTS, EXCEPTIONAL VALUE

    "Tempranillo grown in the mineral-rich soils of the Duero often ripens with a floral character, like this wine's violet scent that contrasts all its black velvet warmth. Mineral tannins keep it structured and firm, while the fatness of the fruit is relieved by a lemon-edged acidity. A fine, fresh Ribera del Duero for baby lamb chops off the grill this summer."
    Wine & Spirits, June 2005

    BEST BUY

    "Dry, lightweight and peppery, but zesty, fresh and clean. The body is streamlined to the point of being lean, but the raspberry and cherry flavors...are crisp and legit. Tart, tasty and simple red wine."
    Wine Enthusiast, May 2011

    90 POINTS & BEST BUY

    "A rich, heady white, this wine's full-on apple and pear-skin flavors turn toward more exotic scents of guava and agave as it takes on air. The mineral intensity builds as well, a saline flavor of chalk and fresh cream that lasts. For roast sea bass."
    Wine & Spirits, August 2009

    BARGAIN BUBBLY

    "A balance of fruity yet crisp flavors makes this Spanish sparkler perfect for enjoying on its own...it's not too sweet and not too dry. Toasty - with touches of apple and peach!"
    Every Day with Rachael Ray, December 2012

    89 POINTS

    "This red shows supple black cherry and light herbal flavors, with notes of coffee and anise. It's surprisingly delicate, but shows firm grip on the finish. Drink now through 2010. 300 cases imported."
    Wine Spectator, August 2004

    TOP 10 WINES UNDER $10

    Wine Enthusiast, June 2010

    THREE 90+ RATINGS

    For the past 4 vintages,

    EXTREME VALUE

    "Fresh almonds, crisp apple's..."
    Wine & Spirits, June 2009

    RECOMMENDED

    "What could be better than an easy to drink red wine that's jam-packed with dark fruit flavors and priced at about $10? Not too much in my book! In Tapena Tempranillo you'll find a wine that pours out full-bodied flavors of dark red fruits and rich mocha, like a chocolate covered cherry. It's like a cross between Merlot and Pinot Noir but with an attitude all its own, one that says, "I'm a wine for friends and good times."..."So if your planning for Memorial Day, or just love having some awesome everyday red always on hand, pick up our wine of the week: Tapena 2007 Tempranillo."
    Ken Ohr's Wine Experience Newsletter, May 2009

    BEST BUY

    “Dry, crisp and nice, this has white fruit aromas that are familiar and friendly. It comes across medium bodied, dusty and yeasty, with an apple accent and a vanilla flavor. The finish is lightly toasted and slightly briny.”
    Wine Enthusiast, October 2012

    RECOMMENDED

    "Starting with its earthy nose, this Spanish Garnacha is luscious, velvety with a hint of blueberry on the finish. Match it with your spiciest dish."
    Slashfood.com, November 2009

    FEATURED

    "Quite smoky, accenting rich pear pastry, quince paste, marzipan and candied lemon peel notes. This is lightly creamy, with a fine bead and a subtle finish."
    Wine Spectator, December 2011

    BEST BUY

    "...dark berry and cherry scents. It feels fresh and lively, with good body weight and forward, candied flavors of cherry and raspberry. The finish is nice, with cocoa notes and lasting sweetness."
    Wine Enthusiast, July 2012

    RECOMMENDED

    "Blackberry and burnt-orange flavors with smoke and spice."
    Bon Appetit Magazine, November 2009

    90 POINTS

    "From a hillside block within Gloria Ferrer's vineyard, this 2003 is fully mature and ready to enjoy, especially if you've just ordered a plate of beef carpaccio or cotechino with lentils. It starts off light and fragrant, with scents of rose and raspberry, then the flavors deepen, feeling saturated without excess extract, supple and complete."
    Wine & Spirits, April 2007

    WINE OF THE WEEK

    "The 2006 Rust Rock Terrace Pinot is an elegant wine with bright cherry and blueberry aromas rounded out by a foresty note. On the palate, the wine's fruit flavors are of red cherry and tart pomegranate with button mushroom, cinnamon and a savory something toward the back of the palate."
    Gayot , March 7, 2011

    91 POINTS

    "This shows a lovely nose with fresh apple fruit notes intertwined with subtly yeasty backnotes, followed by an equally appealing texture from energetic but soft effervescence, along with broadly textured fruit that has a creamy aspect...generously juicy, freshly fruity style that makes for dynamite cocktail sipping".
    Michael Franz, Winereviewonline.com, March 30, 2009

    90 POINTS

    "A scent of mild toasted wheat carries into the bubbly foam of this wine..."
    Wine & Spirits, December 2010

    FEATURED

    John Martin attended the media dinner in Miami during Miquel's tour in September.
    Selecta Magazine, April 2012

    91 POINTS

    "Voluptuous and rich, with bold aromas of lemon tart, cinnamon and fresh ginger that open to soft, layered flavors that suggest a good tiramisu. This could use a hint more crisp acidity, but hard to complain. DRink now through 2014."
    Wine Spectator, November 2013

    “Light and focused, with pretty apple and citrus flavors that dance deftly.”
    Wine Spectator, June 2013

    FEATURED

    "Firm and a bit clipped in style, with a fine bead and hints of apricot, orange, smoke and almond."
    Wine Spectator, April 2014

    MAJOR ACCOLADES

    93 POINTS - 2008 Anniversary Cuvée
    "Opulent, with floral aromas of fresh ginger, hazelnut and lemon zest, showing flavors of almond brioche, Asian pear and vanilla."

    90 POINTS - 2003 Carneros Cuvee
    "Offers floral lemon and spice aromas that give way to elegantly layered Asian pear, cinnamon and yeasty blanched almond flavors."

    89 POINTS - NV Blanc de Blancs
    "Creamy, offering aromas of apple and lime, with a touch of white chocolate that opens to flavors of Asian pear, cinnamon and spice."
    Wine Spectator, June 2014

    RECOMMENDED

    Executive Wine Editor of Food & Wine Magazine, Ray Isle, recommends Excelencia Kosher Brut for Passover and described it as "very Champagne-like". It is the first wine featured in this segment on the Today Show.
    Watch Video
    Today Show, April 2014

    92 POINTS, GOLD MEDAL, BEST OF CLASS

    2013 Los Angeles International Wine Competition,

    88 POINTS

    "Light yellow. Vivid pear and lemon rind aromas are complicated by musky floral and herbal scents. Refreshingly bitter pear skin and citrus flavors show good clarity and a slightly dry edge, with a spicy element emerging on the back half. Finishes with good grip and citris cut."
    Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, November 2011

    COVER FEATURE

    "Soft and pleasing, with aromas of peach blossom, Anjou pear, light lemon, and a touch of nuts. Citrus and green apple on the palate, with a creamy texture and good acid balance. Deliciously fresh and lively. Salmon terrine."
    Sante Magazine, 16th Anniversary Issue, 2012

    GOLD STAR, EXCELLENT BY-THE-GLASS CHOICE

    "Clean and fresh aromas of Granny Smith apple, honeysuckle, and yeasty toast; crisp apple, honeydew, and white peach flavors. Smooth, citrus finish with a hint of minerals. Antipasti or cold soup."
    Sante Magazine, July 2013

    FEATURED

    W.R. Tish, a guest on the 2014 press trip, tweeted about his experiences with Morlanda and the vineyards in Priorat.
    @TishWine, March 2014

    87 POINTS

    "Soft and pretty, with spicy nut and tropical fruit aromas leading to easygoing apple and cream flavors. Drink now."
    Wine Spectator, November 2013

    GOLD MEDAL

    China Wine Awards, 2013

    SPANISH WINERY TO VISIT

    Food & Wine Magazine recommends Freixenet as a winery to visit in their article on Spanish Wine Country. Freixenet is the first of three Penedès wineries featured.
    Food & Wine Magazine, October 2013

    BEST BUY

    "Nectarine and orange peel are the lead aromas on this everyday, entirely serviceable Cava. A fresh, juicy, citrusy mouthfeel creats a nest for citrus flavors, grapefruit and orange in particular, to do their thing before finishing slightly bitter and pithy."
    Wine Enthusiast, October 2013

    87 POINTS

    "Mostly Pinot Noir, with a few drops of Chardonnay and Muscat, this slightly sweet bubbly is a little scoury, with hard-edged bubbles It has orange, lime and strawberry flavors, with the toasty yeastiness of Champagne."
    Wine Enthusiast, Advance Buying Guide, November 2013

    90 POINTS

    "This brut-style bubbly is comprised of 67% Pinot Noir and 33% Chardonnay and shows aspects of both varieties. It’s fairly full bodied, with raspberry, strawberry, lime, brioche, vanilla and toast flavors. Feels elegant, complex and lush in the mouth, and should develop additional bottle notes over the next six years."
    Wine Enthusiast, Advance Buying Guide, November 2013

    90 POINTS, EDITOR'S CHOICE

    "Deliciousness marks this blend of 92% Pinot Noir and 8% Chardonnay. It’s forward and sweet in raspberries, strawberries and vanilla, with hints of brioche, white chocolate and buttered toast. Gorgeous all by itself, it will pair well with everything from sushi to steak."
    Wine Enthusiast, Advance Buying Guide, November 2013

    #8 IMPORTED SPARKLING WINE

    Segura Viudas is the #8 imported sparkling wine and Freixenet USA president, Tom Burnet, is quoted.
    Shaken's Impact Newsletter, June 2013

    87 POINTS

    "Fresh, clean nectarine and cantaloupe aromas provide an inviting entrance, which is followed by a vital palate that has mild orange and nectarine flavors which are slightly sweet and friendly. Smooth, light and not at all aggressive on the finish."
    Wine Enthusiast, February 2013

    88 POINTS

    “…reveals very ripe dark fruit aromas on the nose with hints of tar and smoke. It is soft on the attack with dark and earthy fruit flavors with a touch of minerals on the mid palate and firm tannins on the finish.”
    International Wine Review, June 2014

    TOP 8 SPANISH SPARKLERS

    "Creamy, with bread dough and toasted almond notes mixing with more subtle flavors of star fruit, green melon and thyme."
    Wine Spectator, February 2013

    IDEAL FOR SUMMER ENJOYMENT

    Freixenet just partnered with winemaker Gloria Collell, to introduce her Mia Wines, fulfilling her dream to make food-friendly, easy drinking, everyday wines…From her sparkling wines, like a very fruit forward and slightly sweet Moscato, to her aromatic, honey, apple and pear filled Mia White made from the traditional Spanish grapes traditionally used to make Cava, to a robust Tempranillo, the wines are ideal for summertime enjoyment.
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    Side Dish, August 2014

    86 POINTS

    "Fresh on the nose for an extra dry, with lime and apple aromas. Only the slightest bit cloying, with balancing acidity helping out sweet green melon flavors. Finishes nice and normal."
    Wine Enthusiast, December 2011

    91 POINTS - 2006 VINTAGE

    "This traditional red is still muscular, delivering dried cherry, tobacco and brick notes, with spice and smoke accents on the lingering finish. Chewy tannins frame the maturing flavors, and there's enough acidity to keep this fresh."
    Wine Spectator, September 2012

    90 POINTS

    “With its dusty mineral and leesy nose, the Heredad Reserva promises a lot, and it doesn’t disappoint. It’s clean, lively and richly flavored with a steely-citrus mid-palate and minerals appearing again on the finish. Simply fabulous for the price.”
    International Wine Review, June 2014

    TOP SYRAH

    “…well-balanced and fresh feeling with well-judged tannins and almost juicy acidity accentuating the core of plummy fruit. There's a lovely hint of spice here and again an herbal nuance on the palate that recalls the nose. With air the fruit gains some darker aspects but the appeal here for me is the freshness in the mouth and the decidedly medium-bodied feel. A nuance of toasty marshmallow appears on the back end and some gentle streaks of oak pop on the finish but the oak is well-used here. Easy drinking bistro styled wine.”
    Snooth, January 2013

    86 POINTS, BEST BUY

    “Bold and juicy passion fruit scents combine with the flinty, rubber-meets-the-road reduction character typical of Cava. This is rich and round, finishing clean. Chill it for grilled calamares and other tapas.”
    Wine & Spirits, August 2014

    88 POINTS

    “The Brut is refreshing with hints of herbs and citrus. It’s clean and lightly flavored with a dry finish. It would pair nicely with oysters or simply prepared fish. It would also serve as a great base for a sparkling kir or mimosa.”
    International Wine Review, June 2014

    89 POINTS

    “It is an earthy wine revealing notes of dried red and black fruit, mushrooms and forest floor on the nose. It is very ripe with soft tannins and a long finish. Sourced from low-yielding vineyards in Bell­munt del Priorat.”
    International Wine Review, June 2014

    WINNER

    "Best Bargain. Two-Time Wine Trials Selection. Our blind tasters were thrilled that this impressively cheap bottle had the funky, earthy, herbal notes that typically accompany much older, more expensive wines."
    The Wine Trials, 2011

    BEST BUY, 88 POINTS

    "Floral scenes of apple blossoms fill this off~dry Cava. It's light , airy and firm, a refreshing end to a summer picnic."
    Wine & Spirits, August 2009

    SILVER MEDAL

    Bacchus, 2013

    2013 GOLD MEDALS

    Winemakers Challenge – Platinum

    RECOMMENDED

    NOW, a weekly guide to news and entertainment in Toronto featured Tapena Garnacha.
    Now, February 26-March 2, 2009

    88 POINTS

    "Creamy raspberry and spicy red apple aromas lead to crisp yet succulent cherry and graham cracker flavors. One of the most consistent values in California sparkling wine."
    Wine Spectator, November 2013

    88 POINTS

    "Mineral, lime and crisp apple aromas give it a precise, pure nose. And that same character exists on the palate and finish, where white peach, green banana and melon flavors are full and forward. Shows good concentration and quality."
    Wine Enthusiast, December 2010

    87 POINTS

    “Cordon Negro is perhaps the single best selling Cava in America. It’s clean and vibrant with a very dry mouth feel. This is a value wine that offers a pleasant sparkling wine for a very reasonable price.”
    International Wine Review, June 2014

    88 POINTS

    "Mineral, smoked nuts, green apple, and floral notes inform the note leading to a crisp, refreshing, nicely proportioned Cava..."
    Wine Advocate, May 2011

    93 POINTS

    "It is beautiful on the nose, delicious on the palate."
    Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online, January 2014

    88 POINTS

    "On the lighter side...this offers lightly peppery scents and dried red cherry flavors, tinged by herbal hints. The richness instead lies in the velevety texture; pour it with long-braised lamb shoulder, accented with juniper berries."
    Wine & Spirits, June 2004

    RECOMMENDED

    "Nip into some just right bottles for fall"
    USA Today, October 2008

    RECOMMENDED

    "Libations for Grilling"
    Cooking Light Magazine, June 2008

    RECOMMENDED

    Carta Nevada Semi recommended in a feature article on sparkling wine at the dinner table!
    Wine Enthusiast, June 2010

    2011 GOLD MEDALS

    San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
    New World International
    2011

    86 POINTS

    "This basic RdD delivers a smooth, ripe nose with doses of forest, bacon, road tar and violets, and there's some plum and blackberry at the foundation. Juicy and raw on the tongue, with racy, slick blackberry fruit..."
    Wine Enthusiast, June 2005

    88 POINTS

    "Mineral, brioche, and green apple compose the nose of this surprisingly elegant offering. While not especially lengthy or concentrated, it is still an excellent value..."
    Wine Advocate, May 2011

    TOP 10 SPARKLING WINES

    "Confusingly labelled Extra Dry, this inexpensive cava is actually less dry than Cordon Negro Brut. Composed of 40 per cent Parellada, 35 per cent Macabeo and 25 per cent Xarel-lo grapes, it offers fresh peach, melon and citrus flavors."
    Gayot, December 2011

    TOP 100 BEST BUYS OF THE YEAR, 89 POINTS

    “One of the most reliable Cavas at the price, this offers cool, crisp cider apple flavors along with leesy notes of toast, nuts and flowers. It’s gentle and clean, fuel for a dance party.”
    Wine & Spirits, June 2014

    KOSHER BUBBLES

    "The newly-released Excelencia Brut from Freixenet, arriving in stores just in time for Passover...is an excellent, cost-effective alternative to Champagne."
    Naples Illustrated, April 2014

    FEATURED

    The Tasting Panel celebrates the launch of the new Mia line by Freixenet in their July issue.
    The Tasting Panel, July 2014

    2011 GOLD MEDALS

    Critics Challenge International Wine Competition
    Florida State Fair
    Hilton Head International Wine Competition
    Long Beach Gran Cru
    Los Angeles Wine & Spirits Competition
    Monterey Wine Competition - Best of Show Sparkling
    Orange County Fair Wine Competition - Double Gold
    San Francisco International Wine Competition - Double Gold
    Tasters Guild International Wine Judging
    Winemaker Challenge Wine Competition
    Jefferson Cup Invitational

    87 POINTS

    "A red-fruited Cava with clean scents of raspberries. This is gentle and peppery, ready to chill for seafood paella."
    Wine & Spirits, August 2012

    2013 GOLD MEDALS

    International Eastern Wine Competition
    Indiana International Wine Competition - Double Gold
    National Orange/Pacific Rim Wine Competition
    Riverside International Wine Competition - Double Gold/Best of Class
    San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
    San Francisco International Wine Competiton - Double Gold

    FEATURED

    Tasting Panel covered winemaker Judit Llop’s visit to New York, noting that Mas de Subirà 2009 and Morlanda 2007 “showcased the intense, wild and brambly nature of the indigenous varieties, Garnacha Tinta and Cariñena,” while Garbó 2011 was “its own animal – an easy blend.”
    Tasting Panel, May 2013

    95 POINTS, GOLD, BEST OF REGION, BEST OF CLASS OF REGION

    2013 California State Fair Wine Competition,

    #2 IMPORTED SPARKLING WINE

    Freixenet is ranked second for imported sparkling wine, and Freixenet USA president, Tom Burnet, is quoted.
    Shaken's Impact Newsletter, June 2013

    FEATURED

    "Very seductive aromas of cinnamon dosed red cherries. Tenacious red berry and red stone fruit highlighted by carob and sweet spice flavors. Terrific Pinot delicacy in a complete package."
    PinotFile, July 19, 2008

    BEST BUY

    "Dry apple and crisp citrus aromas come with a touch of sweet grass. It has lively lemon-lime and apple flavors, and it seems to have been dosed on the sweeter side of extra dry. Overall, it's fruity, friendly and likeable."
    Wine Enthusiast, November 2012

    BEST BUY

    "...this Catalonian blend always delivers in its price category. There's dusty lemon-lime and powdered sugar aromas and flavors along with papaya and green melon...."
    Wine Enthusiast,

    TOP 8 SPANISH SPARKLERS

    "A base note of toasted almond mixes with creamy black currant, black licorice and candied lemon zest notes in this lively rosé."
    Wine Spectator, February 2013

    COVER FEATURE

    "Soft and pleasing, with aromas of peach blossom, Anjou pear, light lemon, and a touch of nuts. Citrus and green apple on the palate, with a creamy texture and good acid balance. Deliciously fresh and lively. Salmon terrine."
    Sante Magazine, 16th Anniversary Issue, 2012

    90 POINTS

    "Smells a little sweet but has all the Prosecco details. Pear fruit, flowers, a touch of apple core, some mineral hints and a touch of ginseng. A bit coarse in the mouth, but not terribly effervescent, which makes this friendly and easy to drink. The fruit is bright with lime and pineapple accents to the core of pear which is lightly etched with mineral. More pear skin on the finish is joined with by a hint of herb and ginseng. This is all I want from a Prosecco."
    Snooth.com, December 2011

    90 POINTS

    2009 Tapeña Garnacha
    Robert Whitley, March 2011

    VALUE BRAND OF THE YEAR

    "All the Cavas from Segura Viudas are made by the traditional method, which makes for impressively fine bubbles at the price."
    Wine & Spirits, June 2013

    89 POINTS

    "Fresh and lively, offering a juicy hit of raspberry and white pepper that dances through the expressive finish."
    Wine Spectator, November 2012

    91 POINTS

    "Gloria Ferrer's 2005 dry Chardonnay and Pinot Noir were both really good, so why shouldn't this bubbly blend of them be? And so it is. Rich in raspberry, lime, vanilla cream, yeast and cinnamon spice flavors, it has a complex, silky texture, with very fine bubbles. Drink now."
    Wine Enthusiast, December 31, 2008

    2013 GOLD MEDALS

    San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition - Platinum

    89 POINTS - 2006 VINTAGE

    "Aromas of cedar cigar box, subtle flower, spice and dry berry form a good bouquet. Searing acidity creates some sharpness, while the primary flavors of berry and plum are offset by red tomato and dry spice. Roasted, dry, spicy and slightly bitter on the finish."
    Wine Enthusiast, December 2012

    FEATURED

    BIN Beverage Industry News calls out Tapeña as a successful example of "Next World" concept wines.
    BIN Beverage Industry News, January 2013

    FEATURED

    "My guilty pleasure... A little cava, especially with frittatas and chorizo. I discovered it when I visited Barcelona."
    InStyle Magazine, October 2012

    2013 GOLD MEDALS

    California State Fair
    Critics Challenge
    International Womens Wine Competition - Double Gold
    Riverside International Wine Competition
    Sommelier Challenge
    Sonoma County Harvest Fair

    WINERY OF THE YEAR

    "Each year, our panels and critics blind taste more than 12,000 wines, to present the most compelling wines to our readers. We recognize brands with the most consistent performance and the highest scores as our Top 100 Wineries of the Year. Gloria Ferrer's range of exceptional wines makes it a great ambassador for Sonoma County."
    Wine & Spirits, 2013

    90 POINTS

    "A wonderfully drinkable sparkling wine that appeals immediately for its balanced texture and rich flavors."
    Wine Enthusiast, December 15, 2010

    88 POINTS

    "The nose seems dominated by the Garnacha, with notes of cherry liqueur, strawberry jam and Mediterranean herbs, quite sweet and heady, with a medium-bodied palate and soft tannins. Quite easy to drink, taste, ending slightly warm."
    Wine Advocate, February 2014

    WHITE WINE OF THE MONTH

    "A rich, heady white, this wine's full-on apple and pear-skin flavors turn toward more exotic scents of guava and agave as it takes on air. The mineral intensity builds as well, a saline flavor of chalk and fresh cream that lasts. For roast sea bass."
    Wine & Spirits, August 2009

    2013 GOLD MEDALS

    Affairs of the Vine Wine Competition
    Critics Challenge International Wine Competition
    Florida State Fair
    Indiana International Wine Competition
    International Womens Wine Competition
    LA International Wine Competition - Double Gold
    North of the Gate Wine Competition - Double Gold, Best of Show
    Orange County Fair
    Riverside Wine Competition- Double Gold, Best of Class
    San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
    Sonoma County Harvest Fair - Double Gold
    Sunset International Wine Competition
    U S National Wine Competition
    Channel TVAwards aka Next Gen - Double Gold, Best of Show
    Winemakers Challenge

    87 POINTS

    "Bright red. Laid-back aromas of cherry cola, plum, mocha and rose. A juicy midweight wine with an attractive fruit/acid balance and good purity to its red fruit flavors. Finishes on a tangy note of pomegranate, with bright acids providing lift and precision."
    International Wine Cellar, September/October 2006

    88 POINTS

    "Bright, dry and juicy with lively fruit; smooth, creamy and clean with nice flavors; long and balanced."
    Anthony Dias Blue, Tasting Panel, November 2012

    SILVER MEDAL

    International Wine & Spirit Competition, 2014

    BEST VALUE

    "Good clean white wine is hard to find at this price. Serve this well chilled at a summer cocktail party and the fresh grape flavors will lighten the mood."
    Wine & Spirits,

    FEATURED

    Global Writes blog published an article on discovering Spanish wine and featured Heredad Collection wines exclusively. View article
    Global Writes, September 2012

    87 POINTS

    “Stalky aromas suggest animal hide and roasted fruit. The wine is rubbery, firm and leathery in feel, with plum, berry, raisin and other dark-fruit flavors. On the finish, it feels earthy and tastes like stewed black fruits and prune. Drink sooner rather than later.”
    Wine Enthusiast, July 2014

    FEATURED

    The Boston Foodie writes about the “glorious” press lunch with Gloria Collell at Tapeo restaurant. Photos of Gloria, the wines, and the event are featured.
    View Article
    The Boston Foodie, July 2014

    FEATURED

    "Light ruby in color, the aromas reflect bright red cherries, cranberries, cinnamon, and American oak. Flavors are a repeat of the nose, however the oak influence is pretty heavy handed."
    Wine Lover's Page by Randy Buckner, July 2004

    TOP 100 BEST REDS, 90 POINTS

    "Large estate vineyards and the skill of winemaker Dr Phil Spillman ensure the consistency of wines from Deakin Estate in the Murray Darling, northwest Victoria. Light red-purple; fragrant red berry bouquet, the light-to-medium-bodied palate with similar fruit is enhanced by fine, persistent tannins. Drink to 2014 with braised oxtail."
    The Weekend Australian Magazine, November 2011

    90 POINTS

    "Smells a little sweet but has all the Prosecco details. Pear fruit, flowers, a touch of apple core, some mineral hints and a touch of ginseng. A bit coarse in the mouth, but not terribly effervescent, which makes this friendly and easy to drink. The fruit is bright with lime and pineapple accents to the core of pear which is lightly etched with mineral. More pear skin on the finish is joined with by a hint of herb and ginseng. This is all I want from a Prosecco."
    Snooth.com, December 2011

    RECOMMENDED

    Ladies’ Home Journal recommends Segura Viudas Brut Rosé in their June article on fun ideas for summer.
    Ladies Home Journal, June 2014

    88 POINTS

    "This feels fresh and lifted, with minerally, stony flavors of apple and lime. A clean, pointed finish feels nice and tastes like lettuce and bitter greens."
    Wine Enthusiast, November 2013

    RECOMMENDED

    Tapena Tempranillo recommended as a quality wine at a good value in the Spectrum, the school newspaper for the State University of NY at Buffalo. In search of bargain prices and alternatives to beer, the student writer seeks out Bill Logue, a wine consultant and importer for suggestions.
    The Spectrum, March 4, 2009

    TOP 100 BEST BUYS OF THE YEAR, 89 POINTS

    "One of the reliable cavas at the price, this offers cool, crisp cider apple flavors along with leesy notes of toast, nuts and flowers. It's gentle and clean, fuel for dance party."
    Wine & Spirits, Winter 2013

    89 POINTS - VERY GOOD

    "Rich black-raspberry fruit and smooth texture; long, balanced and charming."
    Anthony Dias Blue, The Tasting Panel, June 2009

    BEST BUY

    "This wine's white fruit flavor has the mineral edge of a whetstone and a spring water freshness. Chill for razor clams."
    Wine & Spirits, August 2012

    88 POINTS

    "A well-crafted bubbly for those with a slight sweet tooth. Spicy tropical fruit aromas lead to lively lemon and lime notes, with accents of toasted almond and spice."
    Wine Spectator, October 2012

    BEST BUY, 88 POINTS

    "Clean and stylish, with hints of ginger ale and citrus on the nose. Good in terms of texture and flavors, with citrus and juicy nectarine working the palate. Focused and fairly long on the finish, with depth and integrity. Sweet in the extra dry style, but not candied or artificially sugared."
    Wine Enthusiast, December 2008

    2013 GOLD MEDALS

    Critics Challenge
    Indiana International Wine Competition - Double Gold
    International Eastern Wine Competition
    International Womens Wine Competition - Double Gold
    Monterey Wine Competition
    National Orange/Pac Rim
    North of the Gate - Double Gold
    Riverside International Wine Competition - Double Gold
    San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition - Double Gold
    Sunset International Wine Competition
    Winemaker Challenge - Platinum

    RECOMMENDED

    Recommended in a round up of Ribera del Duero wines
    San Francisco Chronicle, October 31, 2008

    "Modest and lightly sweet, with delicate acidity and hints of lemon zest and verbena balancing candied apple and berry notes. Smoky finish."
    Wine Spectator, April 2013

    92 POINTS, GOLD, BEST OF CLASS

    2013 Los Angeles International Wine Competition,

    FEATURED

    "Look for red fruit; a beginning, middle, and end; and even some tannins. It doesn't taste New World, with a little darkness, but don't expect something very Spanish like Aldi’s Vina Decana. And people who don’t like red wine may well still enjoy it."
    View article
    WineCurmudgeon.com, February 2014

    TOP 100 VALUES OF THE YEAR

    ARIA Estate Pinot Noir - "87 POINTS. BEST BUY. A red-fruited Cava with clean scents of raspberries, this is gentle and peppery, ready to chill for seafood paella."
    Wine & Spirits, June 2013

    VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

    "Lovers of Spanish reds will adore this Tempranillo-based wine with its earthy, deeply flavored, and cherry-like finish."
    Dan Berger's Vintage Experiences, October 2008

    FEATURED

    Tapeña featured in Market Watch article about Spanish wines.
    Market Watch, November 2012

    FEATURED

    "Opens with stone fruit, apple and floral aromas that expand nicely into melon and citrus flavors. Made solely from the Macabeo grape, this would make a worthy candidate for the first of the four cups at the seder."
    Washington Jewish Week, April 2014

    BEST BUY, 87 POINTS

    "Freixenet’s signature Cava is consistent and pure as usual, with aromas of white fruit and white pepper and an overall freshness on the nose. It feels crisp and focused, with a foamy palate that brings apple, lime, peach and spice flavors. The finish is smooth."
    Wine Enthusiast, October 2012

    BEST BUY, 88 POINTS

    "...pale yeastiness lends a subtle balance, fin ishing with a clean, fresh feel. A fine, gentle sparkler for toasts"
    Wine & Spirits, August 2009

    91 POINTS

    "Light apricot hue; moderate bubbles form a delicate mousse. Complex scents of white peach, rose petals and vanilla. Creamy flavors of raspberry and Asian pear. Hints of ginger and lemon cream in the lingering close."
    Wine News, December 2008/January 2009

    BEST BUY

    "Neutral for the most part, with fresh acidity, light bubbles and basic apple and peach flavors. A little sweet and confected but perfectly good. Solid for simple sipping and mimosas."
    Wine Enthusiast, December 2011

    BEST BUY, 86 POINTS

    "As semi-dry Cavas go, it's hard to lodge a complaint against this one..."
    Wine Enthusiast, November 2009

    92 POINTS

    "Medium-deep ruby purple color; deep, rich, earthy, spice and cola aromas; rich, ripe, complex red cherry flavors with savory spice, earth and toasty oak; good structure and balance, long finish. While this is indeed a complex Pinot, it's by no means overdone. Very nice nuanced flavors and great balance."
    PinotReport, May 1, 2006

    NAMED A VALUE BRAND OF THE YEAR

    "Freixenet is the sparkling wine to have on hand at the finish line of any race. The Cordon Negro Extra Dry is refreshing, leesy and broad, built to chill and pop."
    Wine & Spirits, June 2012

    "Cherry/berry aromas are light and nice, and come with some toast. Good in the mouth, with weight but freshness. Tastes a bit sweet and sugary, with toasty edges and a finish of cherry and chocolate."
    Wine Enthusiast, December 2011

    Over 30 outstanding 90+ POINT RATINGS

    Gloria Ferrer wines have received over 30 90+ point ratings in the last 5 years:

    97 pts - 2000 Carneros Cuvée, Wilfred Wong, 12/11
    95 pts - 2000 Carneros Cuvée, Wine Enthusiast, 12/11
    95 pts, Editors' Choice, Top 100 Wines - 1997 Carneros Cuvée, Wine Enthusiast, 12/07
    94 pts - 2001 Carneros Cuvée, Wine Enthusiast, 11/13
    94 pts, Top 100 Wines - 2007 Carneros Pinot Noir, Wine Enthusiast, 9/11
    93 pts - 2008 Anniversary Cuvée, Wine Spectator, 6/14
    93 pts - 2004 Royal Cuvée, Wine Enthusiast, 3/12
    93 pts - 2006 Brut Rosé, Wine Enthusiast, 12/09
    93 pts - 2003 Royal Cuvée, Wine Enthusiast, 12/09
    93 pts - 2001 Royal Cuvée, Wine Enthusiast, 7/09
    93 pts, Top 100 Wines - 2001 Royal Cuvée, Wine Enthusiast, 12/08
    93 pts - 2001 Royal Cuvée, Wine Spectator, 10/08
    93 pts - 1998 Carneros Cuvée, Wine Enthusiast, 12/08
    93 pts - 2001 Royal Cuvée, Wine Spectator, 10/08
    93 pts - 2003 Blanc de Blancs, Wine Enthusiast, 12/07
    93 pts - 2000 Royal Cuvée, Wine Enthusiast, 12/07
    92 pts - 1997 Carneros Cuvée, Wine Spectator, 12/07
    92 pts - 2004 Brut Rosé, Wine Enthusiast, 12/07
    91 pts - 2001 Carneros Cuvée, Wine Spectator, 11/13
    91 pts - 2005 Royal Cuvée, Wine Spectator, 11/13
    91 pts - 2008 Brut Rosé, Wine Spectator, 11/13
    91 pts - 2008 Brut Rosé, Wine Enthusiast, 11/13
    91 pts, Editors' Choice - 2009 Carneros Chardonnay, Wine Enthusiast, 10/12
    91 pts, Editors' Choice - 2008 Carneros Pinot Noir, Wine Enthusiast, 4/12
    91 pts - 2007 Brut Rosé, Wine Enthusiast, 12/11
    91 pts, Editors' Choice - Blanc de Noirs, Wine Enthusiast, 12/10
    91 pts - 1999 Carneros Cuvée, Wine Spectator, 12/10
    91 pts - 1999 Carneros Cuvée, Wine & Spirits, 12/10
    91 pts - 2006 Brut Rosé, Wine Enthusiast, 12/08
    90 pts - Sonoma Brut, Wine Spectator, 8/14
    90 pts - 2003 Carneros Cuvée, Wine Spectator, 6/14
    90 pts - Blanc de Noirs, Wine Enthusiast, 11/13
    90 pts - 2008 Anniversary Cuvée, Wine Enthusiast, 11/13
    90 pts - 2005 Royal Cuvée, Wine Enthusiast, 11/13
    90 pts - 2004 Royal Cuvée, Wine & Spirits, 2/12
    90 pts - 2007 Blanc de Blancs, Wine Enthusiast, 12/12
    90 pts, Editors' Choice - Blanc de Noirs, Wine Enthusiast, 12/11
    90 pts - 2000 Carneros Cuvée, Wine Spectator, 10/11
    90 pts - 2007 Brut Rosé, Wine Spectator, 10/11
    90 pts - 2005 Blanc de Blancs, Wine & Spirits, 12/10
    90 pts - Sonoma Brut, Wine Enthusiast, 12/10
    90 pts, Editors' Choice - 2007 Carneros Chardonnay, Wine Enthusiast, 12/09
    90 pts - Sonoma Brut, Wine Spectator, 12/09
    90 pts - 2006 Brut Rosé, Wine Spectator, 10/09
    90 pts - 2000 Royal Cuvée, Wine & Spirits, 12/07
    90 pts - 2003 Brut Rosé, Wine Spectator, 1/07

    THE YEAR'S BEST FOR $10 OR LESS

    "Cool and crisp, gentled by leesy notes of toast, nuts and flowers."
    Wine & Spirits, Winter 2013

    RECOMMENDED

    Affordable Sparkling Wine Recommendations from Spain

    Brut - "Fresh, with notes of apple puree and lemon zest."
    ARIA Estate Brut - "Creamy, with bread dough and toasted almond notes."
    Brut Rosé - "Features black currant, black licorice and lemon zest notes."
    Extra Dry - "Raspberry, peach and lemon hints show a smoky undertow."
    Wine Spectator, December 2013

    2013 GOLD MEDALS

    California State Fair - Double Gold
    Dallas Morning News
    Fingerlakes Wine Competition
    International Eastern Wine Competition - Double Gold
    Indiana International Wine Competition
    International Womens Wine Competition - Double Gold
    Long Beach Gran Cru - Double Gold
    LA International Wine & Spirits Competition - Double Gold
    Monterey Wine Competition - Double Gold
    North of the Gate Wine Competition
    North Coast Wine Competition - Double Gold

    90 POINTS

    "Fun and festive, with floral raspberry and graham cracker aromas leading to crisp and succulent lemon and strawberry flavors. A reliable value in California bubbly."
    Wine Spectator, October 2012

    DECANTER WORLD WINE AWARD

    Decanter Magazine, 2012

    OVER 400 GOLD MEDALS

    Gloria Ferrer wines have received over 400 gold medals in the past 5 years!

    FEATURED

    Underground Wine Letter mentions Heredad Collection and highlights VAZA, Valdubón and Morlanda wines. View article
    Underground Wine Letter, May 2012

    CRITICS GOLD MEDAL

    Critics Challenge, May 2007

    FEATURED

    "Red currant, dried lemon peel and watermelon notes join together on the nose here, followed by a luscious palate. Creamy, broad and rather refined, showing woodsy red fruits with are lightly toned but sweet, with raspberry and red currant nuances that lead to a very fine, bracing, slightly tannic finish. Shows excellent purity to the fruit and fine persistence aided by a hint of sweetness. Fruity and elegant."
    Snooth, December 2011

    87 POINTS

    "Grassy and sweet smelling, with apple and lightly candied aromas. Nice and normal in the mouth, with sweet, ripe flavors of white fruits, powdered sugar and pear."
    Wine Enthusiast, December 2011

    BEST BUY

    “Clean, dry and light on the nose, this has a smoky, leafy accent... it offers nice grapefruit, cherry and nectarine flavors, with a dry, smoky and tasty finish.”
    Wine Enthusiast, October 2012

    FEATURED

    Wine & Spirits recognized the Ferrer family in their special issue on great wine families.
    Wine & Spirits, Fall 2011

    RECOMMENDED, TOP VALUE

    Executive Editor Thomas Matthews' Recommended Top Values from Spain.
    Wine Spectator, October 2012

    RECOMMENDED

    "Opens with stone fruit, apple and floral aromas that expand nicely into melon and citrus flavors. Made solely from the Macabeo grape, this would make a worthy candidate for the first of the four cups at the seder."
    Grapelines, April 2014

    92 POINTS

    "Made primarily from Pinot Noir with a little Chardonnay, this has a subtle color of the first blush on a peach, and is fragrant and delicious. The fruit flavors of raspberries and cherries have a lime tinge, and the finish is dry and impressively long. Really easy to like, just filled with charm and finesse."
    Wine Enthusiast, December 31, 2007

    PIVOTAL WINERY

    "Propelled by the phenomenal success of its two flagship cavas, Carta Nevada and Cordon Negro, Freixenet has become an international powerhouse, with wineries and vineyards all over the world. Still family-owned, it's a terrific source for consistently delicious and well-priced cava."
    Food & Wine Magazine, Wine Guide 2012

    DAILY PICK

    "A fresh and lively Shiraz with an expressive finish."
    @WineSpectator, December 1, 2012

    2012 GOLD MEDALS

    Grand Harvest Awards
    National Orange Show/Pacific Rim
    San Francisco Chronicle
    San Francisco International Wine Competition
    Sunset International Wine Competition
    Winemakers’ Challenge

    2012 GOLD MEDALS

    California State Fair – Double Gold
    Indiana International Wine Competition – Double Gold
    Long Beach Grand Cru
    National Orange Show/Pacific Rim
    “North of the Gate” Wine Competition - Sweepstakes
    Tasters Guild International
    Ultimate Wine Challenge
    West Coast Wine Competition

    EXCELLENT BY THE GLASS

    "Soft, mild nose with lemon and red apple; gentle on the palate with hints of apple and peach. Aperitif or with hors d'oeuvres."
    Sante Magazine, October 2011

    FEATURED

    Wine Life Radio in Denver posted their on-air interview with winemaker Gloria Collell discussing Mia wines.
    View Interview
    Wine Life Radio, July 2014

    BEST PROSECCO

    Voted "Best Prosecco" (by 13 sommeliers)
    Sommelier Challenge International Wine Competition, 2011

    BEST BUY

    "Clean, fruity and solid smelling, with a fresh, lightweight palate housing flavors of ginger, lime, lemongrass and powdered sugar. Easy on the finish. Textbook quaffing Cava if you like it a little sweet."
    Wine Enthusiast, December 2011

    SUMMER SPARKLER

    "The result is a sparkling wine with a creamy texture and plenty of finesse, with pretty tropical fruit tones and a clean, dry finish. If you’re grilling chicken or fish, this is the wine for you."
    View Article
    Baltimore, July 2014

    FEATURED

    "It's made with the same grapes that cava is made from, and tastes mostly like cava without the bubbles — some lemon with a bit of tartness (like a lemon square minus the sugar?)...But it's clean and refreshing and it doesn't have any flaws, and it only costs $5. How many other wines at that price can you say that about?"
    View article
    WineCurmudgeon.com, March 2014

    2009 GOLD MEDALS

    Critics Challenge International Wine Competition
    California State Fair Competition

    FEATURED

    “This bright red surprises with pretty aromatics, spice on the palate, and an overall high enjoyment index. Balanced and clean, this will be making repeat appearances on our dinner table.”
    View article
    WineThropology.com, January 2014

    88 POINTS

    "Bright, dry and juicy with lively fruit; smooth, creamy and clean with nice flavors; long and balanced."
    Anthony Dias Blue, Tasting Panel, November 2012

    "Forward and direct up front, this has a yeasty but fresh apple aroma. It feels clean and ready, with lemon-lime and kiwi flavors that lead to a fresh finish. This is textbook Cava with some sweetness."
    Wine Enthusiast, November 2012

    BEST BUY

    "Toasted lees scents and lemon-lime acidity balance this wine's sweet flavors of maple sugar candy. Pour it with pound cake."
    Wine & Spirits, June 2011

    THE BEST OF SPAIN

    Tasting Panel Magazine highlighted the Heredad Collection in a "Best of Spain" feature and described the Heredad Collection as a tour of Spain in wine.
    Tasting Panel, September 2011

    RECOMMENDED

    PATIO POUNDERS - RED WINES FOR SUMMER
    "Rene Barbier Mediterranean Red Wine is a blend of Tempranillo and Merlot, and due to its spicy notes would be great with take-out pizza or pizza on the grill. A hint of licorice on the finish as well as vanilla laced with black fruit makes it a soft, approachable wine."
    Milwakee Magazine, June 2012

    TOP 100 BEST BUYS, 89 POINTS

    "One of the reliable cavas at the price, this offers cool, crisp cider apple flavors along with leesy notes of toast, nuts and flowers. It's gentle and clean, fuel for dance party."
    Wine & Spirits, Winter 2013

    88 POINTS

    "Eye-catching strawberry hue with a frothy-rich mousse. Ripe black cherry and cranberry aromas with an earthy pinot nair accent. Sweet cherry fruit flavors offer a spicy edge of mint. A note of chalk marks the finish."
    The Wine News, Winter 2010

    FEATURED - BEST WINES OF 2011

    "Lots of long-lasting tiny bubbles, firm structure, tart cherry flavors, long finish."
    Fred Tasker, Buffalo News, January 8, 2012

    BEST BUY

    "Balanced between pear-like fruit and caramel apple sweetness, this is a soft sparkler to enjoy as an aperitif."
    Wine & Spirits, August 2013

    TOP 8 SPANISH SPARKLERS

    Wine Spectator names Brut Reserva, ARIA Estate Brut and Brut Rosé to their list of Top 8 Spanish Sparklers.
    Wine Spectator, February 2013

    BEST BUY

    "Extreme Value - Critics Pick. This simple rosé has Beaujolais-like fruit character, with tart cherry and red berry flavors integrated into a leesy finish. Chill it for chorizo."
    Wine & Spirits, August 2012

    "Fresh, fragrant, and redolent of citrus blossoms on the nose, this differs from the typical wheaty, grain-dominated Cava normally available in this price range…bright, easy going, easy to enjoy, and just plain tasty."
    Champagne Warrior, May 2013

    "Floral, citrus, honey, and bread dough aromas are even-tempered and fairly attractive. Citrus and tart peach start the palate with a touch of bread dough, and later melon and lime come into the picture. This is quite refreshing, well made, and brighter than your typical Cava. For the price, it certainly meets expectations and would be great to sip on the deck in the summer or on a balcony overlooking the sea."
    Champagne Warrior, May 2013

    SWEEPSTAKES WINNER

    Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Noirs wins the sweepstakes at the Pacific Rim Wine Competition in San Bernardino. View article
    Pacific Rim Wine Competition, April 26, 2012

    RECOMMENDED

    "Sparkling wine goes exceptionally well with salty fried foods like these fritters. Look for the fruity Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut Cava from Spain."
    Food & Wine Magazine, May 2012

    FEATURED

    "Fresh and lively, if simple, this thirst-quencher has a dash of zip and a finish that has a touch of dry Sherry-like character. Smoking deal."
    View Article
    WineThropology.com, April 2014

    FEATURED

    "Freixenet recently introduced a Kosher version, Excelencia Brut, and built winery just to make it, to avoid contamination from the non-Kosher world. Many Kosher wines have a stigma of inferiority, but to me, Excelencia is significantly more flavorful...fresh with a ripe apple flavor."
    Wine Review Online, April 2014

    FEATURED

    "This wine combines ripe, rich, complex sour cherry and wild berry fruit with mineral, sage and light cedary-nutmeg notes. It gains momentum on the finish, ending in a long, juicy aftertaste. Drink now through 2008."
    Wine Spectator, August 31, 2005

    FEATURED

    W.R. Tish, a guest on the 2014 press trip, tweeted about his experiences with Freixenet.
    @TishWine, March 2014

    FEATURED

    Denise Mattia, with the International Food & Wine Travel Association has published "Tapena Comes to New York" about Tapena Wines on Tripatini, a social network for travelers and professionals.
    View Article
    Tripatini, April 28, 2011

    FEATURED

    VOVETI featured in Market Watch article about sparkling wines.
    Market Watch, November 2012

    "Meyer lemon, floral, ginger, nut and pound cake notes mix in this creamy cava, balanced by lightly juicy acidity, with a fresh and citrusy finish."
    Wine Spectator, December 2011

    FEATURED

    The Electric Llama blog posted an interview with winemaker Gloria Collell during the Mia distributors presentation in Washington, DC. Photos of Gloria, the wines, and the event are featured.
    View Article
    The Electric Llama, July 2014

    BEST BUY

    "Yellow apple aromas and flavors get some pick-up from nectarine, and while it's sweet and a bit candied, that's the Carta Nevada style..."
    Wine Enthusiast, November 2009

    COMMENDED

    Decanter World Wine Awards, 2012

    RECOMMENDED

    Recommended with Thai Seafood Noodle Salad.
    Food & Wine, May 2008

    87 POINTS

    Wine Enthusiast, December 2012

    BEST NORTH AMERICAN SPARKLING WINE

    Gloria Ferrer Sonoma Brut named Best North America Sparkling Wine for the second year in a row. View Article
    Global Traveler, May 2011

    2013 TOP RATINGS

    91 pts - 2001 Carneros Cuvée
    91 pts - 2005 Royal Cuvée
    91 pts - 2008 Brut Rosé
    88 pts - Blanc de Noirs
    88 pts - VA de VI
    87 pts - Sonoma Brut
    Wine Spectator, November 2013

    FEATURED

    Vinecdote blog featured a post about a visit to VAZA winery during a press trip in Spain. View article
    Vinecdote , July 2011

    "All of us, pretty much all of the time, are looking for a decent quaffing red for that mid-week spaghetti Bolognese, sausages and mash or stir-fry. Here is the kind of wine that satisfies that need. It's what the Murray Darling does best: an uncomplicated, light- to medium-bodied shiraz with satisfying flavors. The 2010 is my pick of the Deakin Estate shiraz of the past decade so the quality's there."
    Gourmet Traveler Wine, June/July 2012

    FEATURED - WINE OF THE WEEK

    "...bright color, a kind of brassy salmon; a smell that adds notes of Asian pear and citrus to the strawberry delivered by the pinot noir that constitutes most of the blend; a veritable curtain of fine and steady beads of bubbles; and a finish smooth and refreshing."
    Mike Dunne, The Sacramento Bee, December 28, 2011

    2012 GOLD MEDALS

    Affairs of the Vine – Pinot Noir Shootout
    Critics Challenge
    Dallas Morning News
    Fingerlakes Wine Competition
    Indiana International Wine Competition – Double Gold
    Jefferson Cup Invitational
    Long Beach Grand Cru
    Los Angeles Wine & Spirits Competition
    National Orange Show/Pacific Rim
    Riverside Int’l Wine Competition – Double Gold
    San Francisco International Wine Competition – Double Gold
    Tastes Guild International
    US National Wine Competition – Double Gold
    West Coast Wine Competition

    BEST BUY

    Featured on the cover of the Top 100 Best Buys issue for the second year in a row.
    Wine Enthusiast, October 2012

    BEST BUY, 87 POINTS

    "Simple, light strawberry aromas form a good opening. The palate is juicy and bright, with citrus and nectarine flavors. There's nothing complicated or overreaching here; it's easygoing, clean and finishes with pepper and brown sugar."
    Wine Enthusiast, December 2011

    "Fresh and full of lime on the nose, and overall this is simple, smooth and gives you little reason to worry or fuss. The palate is smooth,creamy and a little low on acids, thus the lemon-lime and melon flavors have a fullness that's sweet and good."
    Wine Enthusiast, December 2010

    RECOMMENDED

    "Most people see the pastel-colored label of an empty beach chair and the $6 price tag and refuse to buy it. But I have blind-served this to dozens of people who love it for its clean, unpretentious summer attitude...perfect for poolsides or garden parties."
    Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, August 2012

    WINE OF THE WEEK

    "Recommended. At $5, this is a steal."
    Advocate Magazine, August 2012

    FEATURED

    "Aromas of wild strawberry, forest floor, mint and a whiff of smoke continue as flavors in the velvety-smooth mouth. This wine is like a romp in the woods with Gwyneth Paltrow."
    The Wine Wench, February 20, 2011

    "Fresh, fragrant and light, this delivers a touch of sweetness, followed by aromas of citrus, white flowers and peach. It's crisp, easy and bright on the finish, with steely effervescence."
    Wine Enthusiast, December 2012

    FEATURED

    Freixenet featured in Market Watch article about sparkling wines.
    Market Watch, November 2012

    "Creamy, with bread dough and toasted almond notes mixing with more subtle flavors of star fruit, green melon and thyme."
    Wine Spectator, April 2013

    TEN MUST-TRY WINES UNDER $10

    "Standard lemon-lime aromas open this cava. In the mouth, it's creamy and soft, but not mushy, with candied mango, papaya and vanilla that finish a bit sweet."
    Wine Enthusiast, November 2013

    2011 GOLD MEDALS

    California State Fair Wine Competition
    Finger Lakes International Wine Competition
    Florida State Fair
    Grand Harvest Awards
    Next Generation Wine Competition
    North of the Gate Wine Competition
    San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
    West Coast Wine Competition

    "This light white is ethereal in texture, whispering notes of pine, citrus and green almond before it vanishes in a light floral finish."
    Wine Spectator, February 2009

    2013 GOLD MEDALS

    6 PLATINUMS
    31 DOUBLE GOLDS
    38 GOLDS

    RECOMMENDED

    "Sparkling wines tend to be some of the most food-friendly, celebration-worthy wines around, and this Kosher Brut from Freixenet is no exception...this bubbly brings lovely floral aromas, lively acidity, and a balanced apple-laden palate profile make this a top wine pick for Kosher wine adventurers."
    About.com, April 2014

    87 POINTS

    "A fine California bubbly...the orange, strawberry and lime flavors are good, and the wine satisfies for basic sparkling character."
    Wine Enthusiast, December 15, 2011

    CAVA WITH DISTINCTION

    "The holidays are coming up - that's reason enough to break out more sparkling. Crafted from Macabeo and Parellada, this well-aged Metodo Tradicional (Methode Champenoise) offers surprising complexity and depth - enough to win over those who perhaps find cava a little too undemanding. Gold-tinged, with ripe green citrus and apple notes accented with light toast and smoke. Distinctly heavier than the average cava, the taste still displays bright acidity, with a dry, ample mineral finish. Calls for some roasted chicken, and the pewter-accented bottle also adds a little drama."
    New York Wine Salon, November 2011

    RECOMMENDED

    Eater San Diego recommended the June 10 Mia launch event with winemaker Gloria Collell at Alchemy.
    View Article
    Eater, June 2014

    87 POINTS

    "This shows more finesse than many of its peers, displaying a subtle juiciness, joined by aromatic apricot, quince, mandarin orange and almond notes. Finely meshed, with a lightly spiced finish."
    Wine Spectator, December 2011

    FEATURED

    Alison Blackman featured Tapena in "Tapena Wines are a new way to 'drink Spain'". View Article
    Examiner.com, March 31, 2011

    "This is light-bodied and floral, with vinous black cherry and ripe raspberry notes. Balanced, with a creamy texture..."
    Wine Spectator, June 2010

    "A rich, vibrant red from the Murray Darling. A touch of spicy pepper and oak rounds out a rewarding mouthfeel."
    Better Homes & Gardens, June 2012

    PIVOTAL WINERY

    "Now owned by the Freixenet Group, cava specialist Segura Viudas maintains a distinct identity and a reputation for high quality. Its longtime winemaker Gabriel Suberviola ages the reserva wines in bottle for up to four years before releasing them, which imparts a toasty richness. The entry-level bottlings are wonderfully crsip, refreshing values."
    Food & Wine Magazine, Wine Guide 2012

    FEATURED

    WineBusiness.com publishes the Mia launch press release.
    View Article
    winebusiness.com, June 2014

    FEATURED

    "A light and tangy white, with tangerine, apricot and floral notes. Easy-drinking, with a fresh, modest finish."
    Wine Spectator, July 31, 2010

    TOP 100 WINES OF 2012

    2007 Blanc de Blancs made the Top 100 Wines of 2012. Last year, 2000 Carneros Cuvée was included on this list.
    San Francisco Chronicle, December 2012

    FEATURED

    Tapena featured in "Tapena comes to New York! Spanish Tapas Party" by Marisa D'Vari. View Article
    AWineStory.com, March 24, 2011

    RECOMMENDED

    "Excelencia Kosher Brut is a bright, fruity sparkling wine with floral aromas and notes of pears and apples. An excellent choice as an aperitif, it’s also a fine accompaniment for seafood."
    Los Angeles Times, April 2014

    "A base note of toasted almond mixes with creamy black currant, black licorice and candied lemon zest notes in this lively rosé."
    Wine Spectator, April 2013

    2012 GOLD MEDALS

    Long Beach Grand Cru – Double Gold
    Los Angeles Wine & Spirits Competition
    International Women’s Wine Competition – Double Gold
    Sonoma County Harvest Fair – Double Gold

    90 POINTS, EDITORS' CHOICE

    "There's a lot going on for the price in this honeyed, rich blush wine. Pinot Noir gives hints of strawberries, while Chardonnay contributes limes and oranges. The result is a smooth, crisp sipper for drinking now."
    Wine Enthusiast, December 15, 2011

    IMPORTER OF THE YEAR

    Monterey Wine Competition, 2011

    FEATURED

    Crave DFW published an article on the Heredad Collection and Gloria Collell's visit. View article
    Crave DFW, October 2011

    BEST BUY

    Wine & Spirits, August 2009

    FEATURED FOR VALENTINE'S DAY

    "A sparkler with bright flavors and a creamy texture. Complex, yeasty and nutty, with notes of strawberry, watermelon and mineral. Good acidity."
    Press Democrat, February 8, 2012

    TOP 10 SPARKLING WINES

    "This creamy prosecco features aromas of honeysuckle and notes of green apple, melon and ripe peach on the palate. It pairs well with antipasti, curry or roasted chicken."
    Gayot, December 2012

    BEST BUY, 87 POINTS

    "Better than your average, run-of-the mill Extra Dry..."
    Wine Enthusiast, November 2009

    "Ripe peach, tangerine, mango and cream notes are backed by juicy acidity and a lively bead in this balanced Prosecco."
    Wine Spectator, October 2012

    2011 GOLD MEDALS

    California State Fair Wine Competition
    Florida State Fair - Double Gold
    Grand Harvest Awards
    Indiana International Wine Competition
    International Eastern Wine Competition
    Monterey Wine Competition
    Next Generation Wine Competition
    New World Wine Competition
    Orange County Fair Wine Competition
    San Diego Wine Competition - Platinum
    San Francisco International Wine Competition
    Tasters Guild International Wine Judging - Double Gold
    West Coast Wine Competition
    Winemaker Challenge Wine Competition - Double Gold, Best of Sparkling

    88 POINTS

    "This is basically the same as Gloria's brut, only they added some Muscat and made it a little sweeter. With sugared raspberry, lime, orange and brioche flavors, made brisk with acidity, it will satisfy those who like some plumpness in their sparkling wines."
    Wine Enthusiast, December 15, 2011

    "True to what brut Cava is about."
    Wine Enthusiast, November 2013

    BEST BUY

    "Standard lemon-lime aromas open this quaffable Cava. In the mouth, it's creamy and soft, but not mushy, with candied mango, papaya and vanilla flavors that finish sweet."
    Wine Enthusiast, November 2013

    FEATURED

    Ray Isle featured Segura Viudas ARIA Estate Brut on the Today Show with Hoda and Kathie Lee in a segment on “5 ways to get the most out of your New Year’s bubbly.” ARIA was the only wine featured in the entire segment! Watch video
    The Today Show, December 31, 2012

    RECOMMENDED

    Dr. Oz recommends Mediterranean Red as an inexpensive way to reduce stress.
    Healthy Body Daily, July 2012

    89 POINTS

    "Smooth and fresh; charming, bright and long, totally delicious."
    Tasting Panel, March 2008

    RECOMMENDED, EXCELLENT, 3 STARS

    "After four years of secondary fermentation, this limited release wine develops toasted brioche qualities that marry well with the apple and quince
    notes through the smooth, spicy finish...Top notch."
    Food & Wine Magazine, 2011

    FEATURED

    PINK OUT!, 2012

    RECOMMENDED

    "This is an easy-drinking Prosecco... The fruit aromas are more pronounced in this Prosecco than you'll find in many other sparklers."
    Mutineer Magazine, August 2014

    88 POINTS

    "This bubbly bursts with fresh apple and citrus fruit and lively, spicy lemon, tart pear and anise flavors."
    Wine Spectator, December 31, 2010

    KOSHER BUBBLES

    "Ripe and generous in the mouth, with the lemon flavors mingling with vanilla in the mid palate; the acidity is crisp and the overall effect is refreshing, inviting you to take sip after sip.”
    Palm Beach Illustrated, April 2014

    2011 GOLD MEDALS

    California State Fair Wine Competition
    Critics Challenge International Wine Competition
    Florida State Fair - Double Gold, Best of Show Sparkling Wine
    Grand Harvest Awards
    Indiana International Wine Competition
    International Eastern Wine Competition
    International Women’s Wine Competition
    Jefferson Cup Invitational
    Monterey Wine Competition
    National Orange/Pacific Rim Wine Competition
    New World Wine Competition - Double Gold, Best of Class
    Next Generation Wine Competition
    North of the Gate Wine Competition - Double Gold, Best of Class, Sweepstakes
    Riverside Wine Competition
    San Diego Wine Competition
    San Francisco International Wine Competition - Double Gold
    Sonoma County Harvest Fair
    West Coast Wine Competition

    “Tangy, with a lively bead and hints of apple blossom, Gala apple, pineapple and ground ginger. Modest.”
    Wine Spectator, April 2013

    FEATURED

    Beverage Media announces the launch of Mia in their June issue, featuring photos of winemaker Gloria Collell and the full Mia wines lineup.
    View Article
    Beverage Media, June 2014

    FEATURED

    D Magazine published an article on the Heredad Collection and Gloria Collell's visit. View article
    D Magazine, September 2011

    92 POINTS

    "Pretty gold hue with very small, active bubbles. Intriguing scents of pear nectar, peach juice and light floral fragrances. Creamy entry with a nice spiciness that accents continuing pear, vanilla and a touch of red fruit. Tangy finish marked by minerality and sweet citrus acidity."
    Wine News, Winter 2010

    BEST BUY, 89 POINTS

    "One of the most reliable Cavas at the price, this offers cool, crisp cider apple flavors along with leesy notes of toast, nuts and flowers. It's gentle and clean, fuel for a dance party."
    Wine & Spirits, August 2013

    10 BEST BUYS!

    In the past two years

    RECOMMENDED

    "The Rene Barbier White is just the ticket for a hot summer's day. Sitting by the pool or a picnic under a shady tree, the Mediterranean White is adult lemonade, crisp and thirst quenching and not too heavy on the alcohol." View Article
    CheapWineFinder.com, June 5, 2011

    RECOMMENDED

    "Floral and wild cherry scented with a bit of yeasty cheesiness lurking under the fruit and top notes of carob and mint. This is smooth and a bit obviously sweet for me, but combines richness and a fine mousse into a very attractively drinkable package. There's some orange tones to the strawberry fruit on the palate, which all get wrapped up in a moderately long citrus/lingonberry/wild cherry finish. A fruity style, but one with a touch of elegance."
    Snooth, December 2011

    RECOMMENDED FOR THANKSGIVING

    "The smooth blend of Tempranillo and Merlot grapes in this budget bottle boasts aromas of berries and subtle hints of vanilla."
    Woman's Day, November 2011

    “Apple and stone fruit aromas come with a mineral component and a stalky, hay note. It feels good and full, showing classic Cava flavors of stalky apple and nectarine. The finish is smooth and easygoing.”
    Wine Enthusiast, October 2012

    89 POINTS

    "Very solid and sturdy, with aromas of apple, lemon-lime, soda cracker and mineral..."
    Wine Enthusiast, December 15, 2010

    OUTSTANDING

    Wine & Spirits recognized the Ferrer family in their special issue on great wine families. Segura Viudas was named as an outstanding brand within the Ferrer's portfolio.
    Wine & Spirits, Fall 2011

    "From the Freixenet group of wineries, Vionta is clean but more neutral than we'd like to see. You won't be offended by the wine's green apple and lemon flavors, which are wet, fresh and zesty..."
    Wine Enthusiast, December 2008

    FEATURED

    Gloria Ferrer featured in Market Watch article about sparkling wines.
    Market Watch, November 2012

    87 POINTS

    "A nice everyday sparkler..."
    Wine Enthusiast, December 15, 2010

    87 POINTS

    "Dusty aromas of apple and mild yeast form the bouquet on this traditional Cava. In the mouth, it’s frothy and foamy on contact, while the flavors veer from peppery and dry to apple and citrus. This finishes nice and peppery, with proper dryness for a brut sparkler."
    Wine Enthusiast, May 2013

    RECOMMENDED

    Dr. Oz recommends Rene Barbier Mediterranean Red for $5 Friday. View Video
    Doctor Oz,

    "Very floral and citrussy on the nose with a spicy lemongrass top note and some deep baked peach and almond base notes. A little coarsely textured, this delivers fairly rich orange and apricot tinged flavors of minerally citrus fruits. Showing a hint of sweetness on the back end, this finishes quite assertively dry with an earthy edge to some pear skin notes. A bit rustic yet attractive."
    Snooth.com, December 2012

    FEATURED

    "Freixenet USA is releasing a new line of Barcelona-inspired wines in the U.S. beginning next month. The Mia line includes five wines…which showcase native grapes like Tempranillo and Macabeo while embodying ‘the vibrancy of the Barcelona lifestyle’ were developed in collaboration with Spanish winemaker Gloria Collell, who has worked with Freixenet-owned wineries for 20 years."
    View Article
    Shanken News Daily, June 2014

    TOP KOSHER WINE

    The New York Jewish Week describes Freixenet Excelencia Kosher Brut as a "new Kosher wine worth seeking out", named it a "Top Kosher White under $18". Out of the three Kosher cavas that Fruit of the Vine tasted, "Freixenet's Excelencia Kosher Cava Brut was the best one."
    The New York Jewish Week, March/April 2014

    EXPLORING SONOMA

    "You'll know you're on vacation when you find yourself sitting on a deck overlooking Carneros, relaxing with a glass of Gloria Ferrer bubbly in your hand. Before you do that, however, check out the $10 guided tour and tasting that takes you behind the scenes, giving you the winery's history, an instructive look at sparkling-wine production and a peek into Gloria Ferrer's vast caves."
    Wine Spectator, June 2012

    FEATURED

    Erin Zimmer from Serious Eats wrote about the July press trip. The slideshow includes photos of Morlanda winery, Fra Guerau estate and Freixenet Headquarters. View Article
    SeriousEat.com, August 2011

    RECOMMENDED

    Ladies’ Home Journal recommends Cordon Negro Brut in their June article on fun ideas for summer.
    Ladies Home Journal, June 2014

    FEATURED

    Stacy Slinkard, a guest on the 2014 press trip, tweeted about her experiences with Segura Viudas.
    @AboutWineGuide, March 2014

    RECOMMENDED

    "Light, pleasant and refreshing. It's an easy-drinking wine that works for big casual parties."
    The Dallas Morning News, January 26, 2011

    91 POINTS, EDITORS' CHOICE

    “More full-bodied than the winery’s brut, this Pinot Noir-based bubbly also is richer. It’s just beautiful in raspberries and strawberries, with brighter touches of lime, and although the wine
    has a honeyed sweetness, its zesty acidity makes it finish dry.”
    Wine Enthusiast, December 15, 2010

    WINNER

    "This bottle, the upscale cousin of last year's Segura Viudas winner, is fairly subtle for an inexpensive Cava. It refuses to hog the spotlight with intense acidity or bold flavors; instead, it goes for simplicity and food friendliness-something we can definitely appreciate."
    The Wine Trials, 2011

    RECOMMENDED

    "At Segura Viudas they embrace the use of indigenous varieties, Trepat is a grape that they feel proud of have in their regeneration program. This cava shows intense fruit aromas and flavors, strawberry, cherry and pomegranate. Refreshing palate, nice balance between fruit and acid. Beautiful foam of bubbles with nice amount of sweetness."
    Wine Examiner, November 2011

    EXTREME VALUE

    "Cool and crisp, gentled by leesy notes of toast, nuts and flowers."
    Wine & Spirits, August 2013

    FEATURED

    "...producers who, in the past three years, have consistently released wines that have earned Best Buy designations..."
    Wine Enthusiast, March 2011

    FEATURED

    Wine & Spirits recognized the Ferrer family in their special issue on great wine families.
    Wine & Spirits, Fall 2011

    BEST TRIPS 2012

    Gloria Ferrer and Sonoma, California featured in National Geographic's Best Trips list.
    National Geographic, 2012

    91 POINTS

    "A really nice sparkling wine from Gloria Ferrer. Mostly Pinot Noir, with some Chardonnay, it has a dark copper color and is full-bodied and rich in raspberry and strawberry flavors. Feels crisp and satisfying. Best over the next few years."
    Wine Enthusiast, Advance Buying Guide, December 15, 2011

    89 POINTS

    "Vibrant and loaded with fruit, but still crisp, showing zesty flavors of strawberry, graham cracker and spice."
    Wine Spectator, December 31, 2010

    FEATURED

    "Slightly heavy and wheaty on the nose, but not yeasty or complex. The palate is big, chunky and ripe, with sweet mango and apple flavors."
    Wine Enthusiast, December 2011

    “Very aromatic, smelling this is like sticking your nose in a fresh bouquet of flowers placed next to a juicy, just-sliced summer peach…Overall a refreshing and very expressive wine that delivers for its price point.”
    Champagne Warrior, May 2013

    TOP 100 WINES

    The only California Sparkler on the list! "Lively and fun to drink, with creamy Asian pear and citrus aromas that lead to crisp, easygoing apple, yeasty cinnamon and mineral flavors..."
    Wine Spectator, 2009

    BEST BUY

    "Smooth, medium-bodied, with tannins that emerge gradually. Medium acidity. Gentle oak plus prunes and cherries."
    Wine Enthusiast,

    RECOMMENDED

    "This sparkling is crisp and refreshing with nice acidity an a medium to long dry finish. It shows aromas of lemon, brioche and golden apples. On the palate you enjoy fresh apples, pears and tangerine with a hint of ginger. This wine will pair well with a great variety of food, from a shrimp or chicken salad, fried appetizers, creamy and mild cheeses to a pan fried flounder with saffron rice."
    Examiner.com, December 2011

    BEST BUY

    Wine & Spirits, August 2009

    FEATURED

    Simple Hedonisms blog featured posts about visiting Heredad Collection wineries during a press trip to Spain.

    Articles: July 9, 2011, July 18, 2011, July 21, 2011
    Simple Hedonisms, July 2011

    FEATURED

    W.R. Tish, a guest on the 2014 press trip, tweeted about his experiences with Mia and winemaker Gloria Collell.
    @TishWine, March 2014

    WINE THAT WOWS

    "If you're throwing a big party, you probably need a lot of bubbles, and in that case, I recommend Cava...This one is a great example from Segura Viudas."
    Alison Napjus, Fox & Friends, December 2013

    FEATURED

    "Freixenet, Spain's well-known sparkling wine house, has debuted a special kosher cava to join its line of méthode champenoise sparkling wines. Excelencia Kosher Brut is Freixenet's first kosher offering available in several markets throughout the U.S., in time for year's Passover celebration. The traditional cava is a crisp, versatile sparkler that pairs well with a variety of foods."
    Beverage Dynamics, March/April 2014

    IMPORTED VALUE BRANDS

    "Hits all the right notes and then bows out gracefully. What a Mediterranean wine is all about, easy to drink, easy to enjoy, and not aggressively seeking attention. René Barbier - a name which consumers can rely on for a remarkable quality-price relation."
    Bon Appetit,

    FEATURED

    Segura Viudas featured in Market Watch article about sparkling wines.
    Market Watch, November 2012

    FEATURED

    "Cidery on the nose, with a standard palate and mildly briney flavors of apple and other basic white fruits. Highly regular, with a decent finish. A quaffer or the type of Cava to mix with orange juice.
    Wine Enthusiast, December 2011

    IMPORTED VALUE BRANDS

    "Nonchalant simplicity. What a Mediterranean wine is all about, easy to drink, easy to enjoy, and not aggressively seeking attention. Rene Barbier - a name which consumers can rely on for a remarkable quality-price relation."
    Wine & Spirits ,

    RECOMMENDED

    "Segura Viudas Aria is a blend of the first pressings of the traditional Cava grapes: Macabeo, Parellada and Xarel-lo. Macabeo (60%) provides a fine, honeyed aroma; Parellada (20%) lends subtle elegance; and the Xarel- lo (20%) provides the backbone of the cava and gives both body and good acidity."
    NY Wine Examiner, June 2010

    HOT BRAND

    Impact, September 15, 2010

    88 POINTS

    "A touch of fruit sweetness makes this a gentle, rosy sparkler..."
    Wine & Spirits, December 2010

    PIVOTAL WINERY

    ONE OF THE WORLD'S MOST PIVOTAL WINERIES
    "Spanish wine maven Jose Ferrer founded this lovely estate in Sonoma in 1986, naming it after his wife, Gloria. Its success somewhat vindicates the failed attempt by Jose's father to locate vineyard property in New Jersey in the 1930's. The estate vineyards are heavily planted to Pinot Noir, which often takes the lead role in the finest wines, such as the Royal Cuvee."
    Food & Wine Magazine, Wine Guide 2012

    INTERNATIONAL WINERIES OF THE YEAR

    "A clean and crisp summer refresher. Among the best values on the market today."
    Bon Appetit,

    20 Best Wines Under $20

    "It's one of the best value bubblies on the market - period."
    Leslie Sbrocco, Shape, December 2013

    FEATURED

    Freixenet USA and President Tom Burnet were featured in "Spanish Bubbles Boom: Known for value, Cava promotes its premium side" by Kristen Bieler.
    Beverage Media, December 2011

    TOP 10 KOSHER WINES

    "Excelencia Kosher Brut...is the winery's newest and only kosher offering. Made entirely from the Macabeo grape, the Excelencia features green apple and pear flavors with floral notes and a crisp, refreshing mouthfeel."
    Gayot, March 2014

    RECOMMENDED

    Brut Rose recommended for Valentine's Day in the South Florida Sun Sentinel.com
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com, February 5, 2009

    88 POINTS

    "A good sparkling wine...nice and dry, with a fancy finish. Shows crisp flavors of yeasty lees, limes, lemons, vanilla and smoke."
    Wine Enthusiast, December 1, 2009

    FEATURED

    Wine Openers blog featured a 5-part series on visits to the Heredad Collection wineries during a press trip to Spain.

    Articles: July 10, 2011, July 12, 2011, July 13, 2011, July 18, 2011, July 28, 2011
    Wine Openers, July 2011

    "Shows loads of dry grass, green apple, spring flower and citrus. The effervescence is tonic and firm."
    Wine Enthusiast, December 2011

    90 POINTS

    "Lively and fun to drink, with creamy Asian pear and citrus aromas that lead to crisp, easygoing apple, yeasty cinnamon and mineral flavors..."
    Wine Spectator, November 15, 2009

    WINE PANEL'S PICNIC PICK

    "A great sparkling wine value... It's a nicely done wine and would be good for an outdoor cheese party...It would be good with cured meats...It's a good party cava - the bottles are adorable and they could even be party favors."
    Dallas Morning News, July 2013

    RECOMMENDED

    "Macabeo grapes are selected for this cuvee of delightful complexity, boasting aromas of ripe pear and green apple with crisp acidity on the palate, balancing long and elegant fruity and floral notes."
    Joy of Kosher, March 2014

    2012 GOLD MEDALS

    5 SWEEPSTAKES
    5 PLATINUMS
    20 DOUBLE GOLDS
    62 GOLDS

    FEATURED

    Segura Viudas was featured in "Spanish Bubbles Boom: Known for value, Cava promotes its premium side" by Kristen Bieler.
    Beverage Media, December 2011

    EXCELLENT BY THE GLASS

    "Classic cava; yeasty, clean, lemony, simple, and somewhat short on the short, but not too sweet; yeasty apples in the finish. Aperitif or cocktail bubbly."
    Sante Magazine, October 2011

    87 POINTS

    "Mainly Pinot Noir, but the touch of Muscat lends a tart touch of orange to this dry, crisp bubbly...Finishes dryish and elegant."
    Wine Enthusiast, December 31, 2009

    "Dry and tangy, this offers flavors of Granny Smith apple, apricot and cantaloupe. It's fresh and lively, with a modest, lip-smacking finish. Drink now."
    Wine Spectator, November 2011

    90 POINTS

    "Floral strawberry, apple and graham cracker aromas lead to crisp, vibrant watermelon and citrus flavors that end with a crisp mineral finish. Drink now."
    Wine Spectator, October 19, 2011

    INTERNATIONAL WINERIES OF THE YEAR

    "Simple, chillable style of a light Cotes du Rhone (Appropriate to a Spanish winery founded by a vigneron from Avignon). Among the best values on the market today."
    Wine & Spirits,

    FEATURED

    Deborah Grossman features the Heredad Collection in "The Spanish Wine Trail" in the March 2011 issue of the National Culinary Review.
    National Culinary Review, March 2011

    THE REAL DEAL

    "A whisper of sugar carries apple, pear, peach, berry, and bitter orange."
    Sunset, February 2012

    RECOMMENDED

    The DC Ladies recommends VOVETI in a list of 10 bubblies for every budget, calling it “a favorite among critics and casual drinkers, alike.”
    View Article
    The DC Ladies, June 2014

    NEW KOSHER OFFERING

    "Freixenet's first Kosher offering throughout the U.S., in time for this year's Passover celebration. The traditional cava is a crisp, versatile sparkler that pairs well with a variety of foods."
    StateWays, March/April 2014

    FEATURED

    Cecilia Messina discusses his trip to Spain on an Assemblage tour, covering Priorat and Morlanda. View Article
    Creative Loafing blog, February 2011

    MIKE LEE MEMORIAL AWARD

    Gloria Ferrer 2007 Brut Rose wins the first ever Mike Lee Memorial Award and the Sweepstakes Winning Specialty Wine.

    View Press Democrat article
    View Sonoma News article
    Press Democrat, September 24, 2011

    RECOMMENDED

    "Nothing goes better with this egg-based classic than a glass of Cava, Spain's national sparkling wine...Freixenet Brut will not disappoint."
    Wine Enthusiast , May 2011

    RECOMMENDED

    "It's a good party cava... This is a great sparkling wine value."
    Dallas Morning News, July 2013

    FEATURED

    Sonoma Brut featured in the "Sip of Summer" segment on the Today Show with Kathie Lee and Regis. Watch video
    Today Show, June 2012

    91 POINTS

    "Reddish-peach hue; very active mousse with a fine stream of bubbles. Alluring bouquet of sliced green apple and cherry fruit. Creamy palate with caramel, pear and citrus notes in a foamy texture. Tart stone fruit with sweet cherry overtones in an elegant finish."
    Wine News, December 2008/January 2009

    VALUE VARIETALS

    "...the winemakers at Rene Barbier blended an inexpensive Mediterranean Red and Mediterranean White that hit all the right notes and then bow out gracefully...They are what a Mediterranean wine is all about, easy to drink, easy to enjoy, and not aggressively seeking attention...it takes enormous sophistication on the part of a wine company to create and maintain a national brand like Rene Barbier - a name which consumers can rely on for a remarkable quality-price relation."
    Wine & Spirits ,

    FEATURED

    Wine & Spirits recognized the Ferrer family in their special issue on great wine families.
    Wine & Spirits, Fall 2011

    RECOMMENDED

    Long Island Bride & Groom Magazine recommends VOVETI Prosecco as a wedding gift.
    Long Island Bride & Groom, February 2014

    NEW PRODUCT LAUNCH

    "Freixenet USA launched a new kosher sparkling wine this month. Excelencia Kosher Brut is a special Cava made with Macabeo grapes. Freixenet's only kosher offering, the wine is available in eight states."
    Market Watch, March 2014

    GAYOT'S TOP 10 AMERICAN SPARKLING WINES

    "a rich, complex cuvee...on the nose, this sparkling wine offers aromas of apple, pear and cherry. On the palate, layers of peach and lemon evolve to vanilla on the finish." View article
    Gayot, December 6, 2011

    FEATURED - BEST BUYS CHEAT SHEET

    "...producers who, in the past three years, have consistently released wines that have earned Best Buy designations..."
    Wine Enthusiast, March 2011

    FEATURED

    "Visiting Morlanda Winery in Priorat with Judit Llop" by Marisa D'Vari. View Article
    A Wine Story blog, October 2010

    2012 GOLD MEDALS

    Affairs of the Vine, California State Fair - Gold Best of Class, Fingerlakes Wine Competition, Monterey Wine Competition - Platinum, Next Generation Wine Competition - Best of Class, San Francisco International Wine Competition, US National Wine Competition, Winemakers Challenge - Double Gold

    50 BEST VALUES OF THE YEAR

    "Sweet roasted pepper aromas blend with American oak character, and follow in the mouth. There's a roasted ripeness to the fruit, though it retains a touch of berry-like freshness. Serve this at cellar temperature on warm summer evenings...with most anything off the grill."
    Wine & Spirits,

    2011 GOLD MEDALS

    3 PLATINUMS
    24 DOUBLE GOLDS
    68 GOLDS

    Bob Iantosca named Winemaker of the Year - San Francisco International Wine Competition
    Bob Iantosca named Winemaker of the Competition - North of the Gate Wine Results

    CROWD FAVORITE

    "Although it was the cheapest Cava of the tasting, the Segura Viudas was a real crowd favorite. Clean, light-bodied with a brisk acidity, it's a great aperitif or for a large gathering."
    The Wall Street Journal, June 2013

    90 POINTS, EDITORS' CHOICE

    "Almost exclusively Pinot Noir, this is a deeply colored, full-bodied wine, rich and crisp in strawberries, lees and vanilla. A touch of Chardonnay adds a refreshing note of lime. Delicious and easy to like, especially at this price point.”
    Wine Enthusiast , December 31, 2009

    BEST BUY, 87 POINTS

    "This is your quintessential simple quaff among brut cavas..."
    Wine Enthusiast, December 2010

    FEATURED

    "Visiting Valdubon winery in Ribera del Duero with Javier Aladro" by Marisa D'Vari. View Article
    A Wine Story blog, October 2010

    RECOMMENDED

    "Should appeal to the fashion-at-value crowd looking for a step up... Few will complain about this bubbly at a party."
    Winelines Online, January 2013

    FEATURED

    "Pinot Noir lifted with 8% Chardonnay and 3% Muscat, this lively, bold, and relatively fruity sparkling wine is a list-worthy, limited-production offering from a popular California winery. Aged en tirage for 18 months, it offers more depth than usual at this price point."
    Sommelier Journal, November 2011

    BEST VALUE

    "Fresh and balanced, with a creamy bead supporting apple puree, pastry cream, anise and preserved lemon notes."
    Wine Spectator, April 2013

    FIRST KOSHER SPARKLING WINE

    "Freixenet Excelencia Kosher Brut is made with handpicked Macabeo grapes from Spain and features aromas of pear and green apple, as well as fruity and floral notes."
    Beverage Industry, February 2014

    FEATURED WINE & RECIPE

    Kenneth Hyman pairs VA de VI with fried and raw oysters in "Love in a Bottle". View article
    Kenneth Hyman, March 2011

    RECOMMENDED

    "This is one easy to drink sparkler... I dare you to just drink one glass!"
    The Reverse Wine Snob blog, December 2012

    VERY GOOD

    "Smoother mouthfeel than most; lots of ripe fruit."
    Consumer Reports, January 2013

    TOP 100 BEST BUYS, 88 POINTS

    Featured on the cover of the Top 100 Best Buys issue for the second year in a row. "88 POINTS. Fruity, fresh and easy to like from start to finish, this is what a Best Buy should be."
    Wine Enthusiast, November 2012

    NEW KOSHER OFFERING

    "Billed as a special Kosher cava made with Macabeo grapes...targeted toward the Kosher-for-Passover occasion, with roll out across New York, New Jersey, Florida, Illinois, California, Texas, Georgia, and Massachusetts."
    Shaken News Daily, January 2014

    RECOMMENDED

    "From Friuli, Italy comes a Prosecco so bubbly and crisp, you might be tempted to start breaking it out at midnight every night. You'll get delicious flavors like apple, pear, and peach from this light sparkler." View article
    The Drink Nation, December 2012

    TOP 100 BEST BUYS

    "Simple, nice and not trying too hard; this basic brut is graced with nice apple and citrus aromas. The palate is wet, juicy and classic, with crisp apple, green herb and melon flavors. Round, clean and just crisp enough."
    Wine Enthusiast , November 2011

    FEATURED WINE at THIRSTY GIRL in NEW YORK

    VA de VI was featured at the Thirsty Girl booth at the New York Wine Expo. VA de VI was a huge fan favorite and a real crowd pleaser. View article
    Thirsty Girl, February 2011

    FEATURED

    "Rich and aromatic, this is pinot noir on fine display. Full and pungent, a meaty sparkler that works well with food."
    US Airways Magazine, January 2012

    RECOMMENDED - VERY GOOD

    "The warm, pale yellow color of this wine is a good indication of the gentle wine within. Abundant mousse and fine bead sets up the aromas of pear and lemon. These elements are echoed in the flavors, and are accompanied by cherry and toast notes. Predominantly Pinot Noir, with some Chardonnay and a touch of Muscat."
    Good Wines Under $20 blog, December 2010

    SPARKLING WINES FOR ANY BUDGET

    "88 POINTS - BEST BUY. This wine always represents great value. It is crisp, tasty and supereasy to like."
    Wine Enthusiast, December 2012

    RECOMMENDED

    "Soft and peachy, with light touches of tangerine and honeysuckle. A pretty, lightly off-dry sipper. Ready to drink now." View article
    Wine Skinny, December 2012

    BEST BUY, 88 POINTS

    “This is as crisp and dry as a whispy reed, with a mild grassy note on the nose. It feels fresh and focused, with lime, peach and apple flavors. Fruity, fresh and easy to like from start to finish, this is what a Best Buy should be.”
    Wine Enthusiast, October 2012

    RECOMMENDED

    "A Simple, Sparkling Brunch for Mother's Day" View article
    Wine Spectator, May 3, 2011

    RECOMMENDED

    "This Italian wine was the consensus favorite among our tasters…starting out with crisp minerality, and dissolving to a clean finish." View article
    Courier-Journal, December 2012

    RECOMMENDED

    VA de VI was featured on The TODAY SHOW with Leslie Sbrocco and Kathy Lee and Hoda on January 14th.
    The Today Show, January 2010

    "Voveti Prosecco is cosmopolitan. This one is for the hottest party at the hottest club. It is trendy yet sophisticated with notes of lemon, orange blossoms, peach, wheat and touch of vanilla. Voveti is another dry sparkler but very fresh." View article
    Cork Chronicles, December 2012

    TOP 8 SPANISH SPARKLERS

    "Fresh and balanced, with a creamy bead supporting apple puree, pastry cream, anise and preserved lemon notes."
    Wine Spectator, February 2013

    FEATURED

    VA de VI is on the cover of this holiday's Sante Magazine!
    Sante Magazine, December 2009

    RECOMMENDED

    "Excellent selection for the price."
    Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online, November 2012

    BEST $15-AND-UNDER WINES

    "This low-priced gem is packed with green apple and citrus."
    Food & Wine Magazine, May 2013

    RECOMMENDED

    Wine expert Josh Wesson recommended Segura Viudas in his CBS This Morning segment “Grape Expectations: Choosing the Best Wines for New Years Eve". Watch video
    CBS This Morning, December 31, 2012

    FEATURED

    "...balanced and fresh Prosecco with apple, white flowers and bread crust on the nose and flavors of melon and ripe peach."
    Market Watch, June 2011

    RECOMMENDED

    "Is this worth a glass after work? Definitely! If you see this wine in the store, grab it; you won’t be disappointed."
    A Glass After Work, August 2012

    BEST BARGAIN WINES OF 2012

    "A terrific value, this creamy sparkler cleanses the palate with bright acidity."
    Cooking Light, December 2012

    FEATURED

    "...fresh and brimming with delicate aromas and flavors of spring flowers, crispy apple, citrus and a hint of almond. The mousse is gentle and creamy, yet it shows vibrancy as the bubbles dance gracefully across your palate. The length is fairly persistent and it is very refreshing on the finish...delightful to sip as an apéritif while nibbling away at some almonds or cashews, but it is also lovely with cured meats such as Prosciutto di Parma, simply prepared seafood such as squid, clams or shrimp or even some lightly spicy Asian dishes."
    Mary Gorman-McAdams, The Kitchn, March 2012

    RECOMMENDED

    Master sommelier recommends the best bottles for any budget, including Segura Viudas Brut Reserva.
    Food Network, December 2011

    RECOMMENDED

    "Experience, dedication and outstanding fruit have created Voveti, an elegant, vibrant and luscious sparkler with flavors of green apple, honeydew melon and citrus with just a hint of peaches and cream on the finish."
    Hayley Hamilton, Pink Memo Dallas, February 2012

    FEATURED

    "Using the traditional Champagne method but with a blend of Spanish grapes creates a rich, mid-weight wine with complexity. It's a surprisingly affordable, creamy sparkler."
    Cooking Light, December 2011

    BEST BUY, 87 POINTS

    "White fruits and candied apple aromas turn a little dusty with airing. The palate is crisp and standard, with no issues and juicy flavors of lightly sweetened apple, nectarine and citrus. Clean on the finish."
    Wine Enthusiast, December 2011

    RECOMMENDED

    "As pretty as it is pure, it leaves an impression of crystalline clarity on the palate. I also love the bottle."
    Nick Passmore, US Airways Magazine, January 2012

    "Segura Viudas’ entry level Cava, the Non-Vintage Brut Reserva offers up a pleasant perfume of yeast notes, biscuit, and green apple. It is a straightforward, lively, slightly off-dry bubbly that is a good value for drinking over the next 12–18 months."
    Wine Advocate, May 2011

    RECOMMENDED

    "A new wine on the market, this Prosecco is an ideal pick for gift-giving with its black-bottle beauty. The wine is soft and creamy with a fruity edge, making it ideal to serve alone as an aperitif or with spicy dishes." View Article
    Leslie Sbrocco, December 13, 2011

    90 POINTS, TOP 100 VALUES OF 2010

    "The gentle sparkle of this wine carries scents of honeyed apple and red-apple skin. It's fragrant and clean, and lasts on fruit, a rich style with balance. For crab cakes."
    Wine & Spirits, June 2010

    FEATURED

    "The upscaling of Prosecco is under way...The wine is as clean and refreshing as Prosecco should be, but rises above the simple apple character of many peers. Playful. Stylish. A step up."
    New York Wine Salon, July 5, 2011

    89 POINTS, RECOMMENDED

    "Despite tens of millions of bottles of annual production, Cava remains a somewhat under-the-radar, underappreciated sparkling wine."
    Wine Enthusiast, June 2010

    FEATURED

    "Dry and tangy, this offers flavors of Granny Smith apple, apricot and cantaloupe. It's fresh and lively, with a modest, lip-smacking finish. Drink now."
    Wine Spectator, November 2011

    TOP 100

    Segura Viudas Brut Reserva #66 on the Wine.com 100 list!
    Wine.com, 2010

    FEATURED

    "Shows loads of dry grass, green apple, spring flower and citrus. The effervescence is tonic and firm."
    Wine Enthusiast, December 31, 2011

    FEATURED

    "...fresh and brimming with delicate aromas and flavors of spring flowers, crispy apple, citrus and a hint of almond. The mousse is gentle and creamy, yet it shows vibrancy as the bubbles dance gracefully across your palate. The length is fairly persistent and it is very refreshing on the finish...delightful to sip as an aperitif while nibbling away at some almonds or cashews, but it is also lovely with cured meats such as Prosciutto di Parma, simply prepared seafood such as squid, clams or shrimp or even some lightly spicy Asian dishes." View Article
    The Kitchn, March 2012

    TOP 150 WINES UNDER $15

    Brut Reserva was chosen in blind tastings in the 2010 edition of The Wine Trials by Robin Goldenstein.
    The Wine Trials, 2010

    RECOMMENDED

    "Citrus and floral aromas that join harmoniously with green apple and honey flavors." View Article
    Grapelines, December 29, 2011

    BEST BUY, 87 POINTS

    "Simple, nice and not trying too hard; this basic brut is graced with nice apple and citrus aromas..."
    Wine Enthusiast, December 2010

    RECOMMENDED

    "Experience, dedication and outstanding fruit have created Voveti, an elegant, vibrant and luscious sparkler with flavors of green apple, honeydew melon and citrus with just a hint of peaches and cream on the finish." View Article
    Pink Memo Dallas, February 7, 2012

    EXTREME VALUE

    "Clean and appley, for toasts."
    Wine & Spirits, August 2010

    FEATURED

    VOVETI was included in the feature article, "Prosecco's Bubble Not Bursting" by Roger Morris, in the June 2011 issue of Beverage Media.
    Beverage Media, June 2011

    #8 in TOP 100 BEST BUYS, 89 POINTS

    "The nose blends citrus and wild green herb aromas, while the palate has perfectly composed orange and peach flavors. The finish is solid and around every turn it holds the road."
    Wine Enthusiast, November 2009

    FEATURED

    "There's something extra-special about enjoying the fruity (hello, ripest peach and pear!), floral notes in VOVETI PROSECCO, in the gloriously warming rays of the sun."
    The Tasting Panel, July 2011

    FEATURED

    "Fragrant and fresh, with graceful character, tempered acidity and impressive length."
    Beverage Dynamics, March 2011

    RECOMMENDED

    Celebrated Living, the premium class in-flight magazine for American Airlines recommends VOVETI, describing it as an "artisanal Prosecco that is fresh, stylish, and sleek."
    Celebrated Living, September 2011

    RECOMMENDED

    "As pretty as it is pure, it leaves an impression of crystalline clarity on the palate. I also love the bottle." View Article
    US Airways Magazine, January 2012

    RECOMMENDED

    "VOVETI Prosecco starts the partying with good bubbles and fresh, peachy flavor. It's a fine aperitif and goes with classic antipasti, from prosciutto onward. Tasty with spicy Asian dishes, too." View Article
    Newsday , October 12, 2011

    RECOMMENDED

    "VOVETI links the grapes of the Veneto region with the winemaking of Friuli-Venezia Giulia region to create its flavor."
    StateWays, March 2011

    RECOMMENDED

    "Both family run wineries teamed together to create a sparkler that is sophisticated and with great finesse, focusing on the freshness and vibrancy great Prosecco is known for. Crafted with entertaining in mind, this is an ideal apperitif filled with golden apple, ripe peach and honeydew with a creamy texture and frothy mousse, and of course, lots of tiny bubbles." View Article
    D Magazine Blog, September 2011

    RECOMMENDED

    "Always a bright, crisp and refreshingly bubbly, Voveti has created a luxurious sparkler designed with artistry in both the bottle and the glass, and taste in mind." View Article
    Pink Memo Dallas, July 2011

    RECOMMENDED

    "Voveti Prosecco is cosmopolitan. This one is for the hottest party at the hottest club. It is trendy yet sophisticated with notes of lemon, orange blossoms, peach, wheat and touch of vanilla. Voveti is another dry sparkler but very fresh." View Article
    The Cork Chronicles, December 29, 2011

    RECOMMENDED

    The Rooftop Gourmet recommends Voveti with Diver Scallops with Oven-Roasted Tomatoes and Spinach. View Article
    The Rooftop Gourmet, December 20, 2011

    FEATURED

    "Just look at the picture of this bottle! Doesn't it scream DATE NIGHT! It's so sleek and sexy that it makes you want to pop it open and pour a glass....the tiny, pinpoint-like bubbles are what makes this wine so exciting." View Article
    He Sipped/She Sipped , June 2011

    FEATURED

    In an article about pairing wine with McDonald's, Snooth paired VOVETI prosecco with Chicken McNuggets. View Article | VOVETI and McNuggets pairing
    Snooth, June 2011

    FEATURED

    "On both the nose and the palate, the wine showed heavy citrus notes of lemon, lime and green apple, strong floral components (think daisies and white flowers) and a slight mineral note on the finish. Another strong characteristic on the palate was the racing acidity. This wine was crisp and bright, a perfect match for prosciutto, seafood, olives and nuts." View Article
    CraveDFW.com, May 27, 2011
  • Mia Red 2013

    WINE OF THE WEEK

    "Expect to find plenty of ripe red fruit, think cherry and raspberry, on the nose with a touch of earth and wisp of spice playing in the background...This wine is priced and poised to be an easy-going everyday wine, perfect for pairing with everything from pizza to burgers and spaghetti to Eggplant Parmesan."
    View Article
    About.com, August 2014
  • Sonoma Brut

    90 POINTS

    "A festive sparkler, featuring bright aromas of raspberry and baked apple, with balanced, zesty pear, cinnamon and yeast flavors." - T.F
    Wine Spectator, August 2014

    89 POINTS

    "This wine shows lots of finesse for the price. The mousse is exceptionally refined, carrying complex flavors of limes, strawberries, brioche, vanilla and honey. The blend is mostly Pinot Noir, with about 9% Chardonnay."
    Wine Enthusiast, Advance Buying Guide, November 2013

    87 POINTS

    "Soft and pretty, with spicy nut and tropical fruit aromas leading to easygoing apple and cream flavors. Drink now."
    Wine Spectator, November 2013

    90 POINTS

    "A wonderfully drinkable sparkling wine that appeals immediately for its balanced texture and rich flavors."
    Wine Enthusiast, December 15, 2010

    2013 GOLD MEDALS

    Critics Challenge
    Indiana International Wine Competition - Double Gold
    International Eastern Wine Competition
    International Womens Wine Competition - Double Gold
    Monterey Wine Competition
    National Orange/Pac Rim
    North of the Gate - Double Gold
    Riverside International Wine Competition - Double Gold
    San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition - Double Gold
    Sunset International Wine Competition
    Winemaker Challenge - Platinum

    2012 GOLD MEDALS

    California State Fair – Double Gold
    Indiana International Wine Competition – Double Gold
    Long Beach Grand Cru
    National Orange Show/Pacific Rim
    “North of the Gate” Wine Competition - Sweepstakes
    Tasters Guild International
    Ultimate Wine Challenge
    West Coast Wine Competition

    BEST NORTH AMERICAN SPARKLING WINE

    Gloria Ferrer Sonoma Brut named Best North America Sparkling Wine for the second year in a row. View Article
    Global Traveler, May 2011

    87 POINTS

    "A fine California bubbly...the orange, strawberry and lime flavors are good, and the wine satisfies for basic sparkling character."
    Wine Enthusiast, December 15, 2011

    2011 GOLD MEDALS

    California State Fair Wine Competition
    Florida State Fair - Double Gold
    Grand Harvest Awards
    Indiana International Wine Competition
    International Eastern Wine Competition
    Monterey Wine Competition
    Next Generation Wine Competition
    New World Wine Competition
    Orange County Fair Wine Competition
    San Diego Wine Competition - Platinum
    San Francisco International Wine Competition
    Tasters Guild International Wine Judging - Double Gold
    West Coast Wine Competition
    Winemaker Challenge Wine Competition - Double Gold, Best of Sparkling

    88 POINTS

    "This bubbly bursts with fresh apple and citrus fruit and lively, spicy lemon, tart pear and anise flavors."
    Wine Spectator, December 31, 2010

    TOP 100 WINES

    The only California Sparkler on the list! "Lively and fun to drink, with creamy Asian pear and citrus aromas that lead to crisp, easygoing apple, yeasty cinnamon and mineral flavors..."
    Wine Spectator, 2009

    90 POINTS

    "Lively and fun to drink, with creamy Asian pear and citrus aromas that lead to crisp, easygoing apple, yeasty cinnamon and mineral flavors..."
    Wine Spectator, November 15, 2009

    89 POINTS

    "A good, dry and elegant bubbly. Shows crisp flavors of yeasty bread dough, limes, tangerines, raspberries and vanilla. This is a great price for a sparkling wine of this finesse."
    Wine Enthusiast, December 31, 2009

    FEATURED

    Sonoma Brut featured in the "Sip of Summer" segment on the Today Show with Kathie Lee and Regis. Watch video
    Today Show, June 2012

    2010 GOLD MEDALS

    San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
    Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition
    Indiana Wine Competition
    Sonoma County Harvest Fair
    Sommelier Challenge
  • Cordon Negro Brut

    SUMMER SIPPES WORTH EVERY CENT

    "Don't discount Freixenet just because it's probably the most ubiquitous affordable bubbly on the market — there's a seriously tasty & versatile Spanish cava hiding behind that signature black & gold bottle."
    Shoestring Magazine, May 4, 2012

    RECOMMENDED FOR WEDDINGS

    "This popular Spanish cava, with its trademark black bottle, is very dry and medium-bodied, with apple, pear and bright citrus flavors. The larger 1.5L 'memory magnum' offers the perfect surface on which guests can sign their wishes for the happy couple with a gold paint pen."
    Catering Magazine, November/December 2011

    86 POINTS, BEST BUY

    “Bold and juicy passion fruit scents combine with the flinty, rubber-meets-the-road reduction character typical of Cava. This is rich and round, finishing clean. Chill it for grilled calamares and other tapas.”
    Wine & Spirits, August 2014

    87 POINTS

    “Cordon Negro is perhaps the single best selling Cava in America. It’s clean and vibrant with a very dry mouth feel. This is a value wine that offers a pleasant sparkling wine for a very reasonable price.”
    International Wine Review, June 2014

    RECOMMENDED

    Money Magazine recommends Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut as their sparkling wine pick in this article on Best Deals on Wine.
    Money Magazine, July 2011

    BEST BUY, 87 POINTS

    "Freixenet’s signature Cava is consistent and pure as usual, with aromas of white fruit and white pepper and an overall freshness on the nose. It feels crisp and focused, with a foamy palate that brings apple, lime, peach and spice flavors. The finish is smooth."
    Wine Enthusiast, October 2012

    FEATURED

    Food & Wine included Cordon Negro Brut in this piece on "Grilling Wines"
    Food & Wine,

    RECOMMENDED, TOP VALUE

    Executive Editor Thomas Matthews' Recommended Top Values from Spain.
    Wine Spectator, October 2012

    RECOMMENDED

    KCBS Radio, San Francisco Recommended Narsai David recommended Cordon Negro Brut on KCBS Radio San Francisco. Listen to audio clip
    KCBS Radio, April 2011

    RECOMMENDED

    "Sparkling wine goes exceptionally well with salty fried foods like these fritters. Look for the fruity Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut Cava from Spain."
    Food & Wine Magazine, May 2012

    RECOMMENDED

    Freixenet's Mango Negro cocktail was recommended in Catering Magazine.
    Catering Magazine, January/February 2011

    87 POINTS

    "This shows more finesse than many of its peers, displaying a subtle juiciness, joined by aromatic apricot, quince, mandarin orange and almond notes. Finely meshed, with a lightly spiced finish."
    Wine Spectator, December 2011

    WINNER

    "For the third year in a row, this wine impressed our blind tasters with mouthwatering acidity and enticing aromas...we enjoy this one anytime."
    The Wine Trials, 2011

    86 POINTS

    "Made from the three traditional grape varieties of the Cava DO (Xarel-lo, Macabeu, and Parellada) with the emphasis on the latter for this bottling, is made in a tasty, friendly style."
    Wine Advocate, May 2011

    "True to what brut Cava is about."
    Wine Enthusiast, November 2013

    “Tangy, with a lively bead and hints of apple blossom, Gala apple, pineapple and ground ginger. Modest.”
    Wine Spectator, April 2013

    RECOMMENDED

    Ladies’ Home Journal recommends Cordon Negro Brut in their June article on fun ideas for summer.
    Ladies Home Journal, June 2014

    RECOMMENDED

    "This sparkling is crisp and refreshing with nice acidity an a medium to long dry finish. It shows aromas of lemon, brioche and golden apples. On the palate you enjoy fresh apples, pears and tangerine with a hint of ginger. This wine will pair well with a great variety of food, from a shrimp or chicken salad, fried appetizers, creamy and mild cheeses to a pan fried flounder with saffron rice."
    Examiner.com, December 2011

    FEATURED

    "Cidery on the nose, with a standard palate and mildly briney flavors of apple and other basic white fruits. Highly regular, with a decent finish. A quaffer or the type of Cava to mix with orange juice.
    Wine Enthusiast, December 2011

    EXCELLENT BY THE GLASS

    "Classic cava; yeasty, clean, lemony, simple, and somewhat short on the short, but not too sweet; yeasty apples in the finish. Aperitif or cocktail bubbly."
    Sante Magazine, October 2011

    RECOMMENDED

    "Nothing goes better with this egg-based classic than a glass of Cava, Spain's national sparkling wine...Freixenet Brut will not disappoint."
    Wine Enthusiast , May 2011

    FEATURED - BEST BUYS CHEAT SHEET

    "...producers who, in the past three years, have consistently released wines that have earned Best Buy designations..."
    Wine Enthusiast, March 2011

    BEST BUY, 87 POINTS

    "This is your quintessential simple quaff among brut cavas..."
    Wine Enthusiast, December 2010
  • Brut

    RECOMMENDED

    "This elegant sparkling shows a persistent flow of tiny bubbles. I has aromas of green apples, pears, passion fruit and lemon peel with hints of acacia. On the palate this wine feels fresh with great acidity and complex flavors of Granny Smith apples, pears, lemon and star fruit with notes of lemon grass and melon. You can enjoy this sparkling before dinner but it will be a great companion for soft cheeses like Brie, shellfish, white fish, anchovies bruschetta, seafood pasta and chicken with a creamy sauce."
    Examiner.com, December 30, 2011

    86 POINTS, BEST BUY

    "Grassy, slightly stalky apple and nectarine aromas feed into a fresh, citrusy palate that brings a mix of white stone-fruit flavors as well as green citrus. A solid, lasting finish is dry and fresh."
    Wine Enthusiast, November 2014

    EXCEPTIONAL VALUE

    "This is an exceptional value at less than $10 – especially for a Reserva level Cava! This is definitely a “go-to” everyday Cava for me. I highly recommend! 86 pts" View article
    Enofylz blog, August 2011

    88 POINTS

    “The Brut is refreshing with hints of herbs and citrus. It’s clean and lightly flavored with a dry finish. It would pair nicely with oysters or simply prepared fish. It would also serve as a great base for a sparkling kir or mimosa.”
    International Wine Review, June 2014

    TOP 100 BEST BUYS OF THE YEAR, 89 POINTS

    “One of the most reliable Cavas at the price, this offers cool, crisp cider apple flavors along with leesy notes of toast, nuts and flowers. It’s gentle and clean, fuel for a dance party.”
    Wine & Spirits, June 2014

    RECOMMENDED

    "A great go to Cava is Segura Viudas Brut Reserva. Created by using the traditional methode champenoise from Macabeo, Parellada and Xarel-lo grapes, this sparkler is filled with lemon and lime, pineapple and mango. Crisp and dry with good acidity and a finish that makes you want to enjoy another sip."
    D Magazine Blog, June 2011

    TOP 100 BEST BUYS OF THE YEAR, 89 POINTS

    "One of the reliable cavas at the price, this offers cool, crisp cider apple flavors along with leesy notes of toast, nuts and flowers. It's gentle and clean, fuel for dance party."
    Wine & Spirits, Winter 2013

    RECOMMENDED

    "This traditional cava consistently makes critics' best-buy lists. A blend of reserve and nonvintage wines, it shows rich apple and melon flavors and a nice, creamy texture. It's got enough body to pair with many foods too."
    The Dallas Morning News, March 27, 2011

    THE YEAR'S BEST FOR $10 OR LESS

    "Cool and crisp, gentled by leesy notes of toast, nuts and flowers."
    Wine & Spirits, Winter 2013

    RECOMMENDED

    "...one of my favorite old stand-by bubblies, Segura Viudas Brut Reserva, a cava from Spain. Brut refers to the sweetness of the wine...Segura Viudas is a great go-to when you want a basic bubbly." View article
    MoreThanMerlot.com, March 2011

    TOP 100 BEST BUYS, 89 POINTS

    "One of the reliable cavas at the price, this offers cool, crisp cider apple flavors along with leesy notes of toast, nuts and flowers. It's gentle and clean, fuel for dance party."
    Wine & Spirits, Winter 2013

    FEATURED

    TryingWine.com featured a podcast about Segura Viudas Brut Reserva. View article
    TryingWine.com, March 2011

    RECOMMENDED

    The He Sipped/She Sipped wine blog on Chicago Now recommends Brut Reserva with a "She Sips Buy-a-Case rating"! View article
    He Sipped/She Sipped , March 2011

    TEN MUST-TRY WINES UNDER $10

    "Standard lemon-lime aromas open this cava. In the mouth, it's creamy and soft, but not mushy, with candied mango, papaya and vanilla that finish a bit sweet."
    Wine Enthusiast, November 2013

    FEATURED

    Brut Reserva was a crowd pleaser at the Thirsty Girl booth at the New York Wine Expo. View article
    Thirsty Girl, February 2011

    BEST BUY

    "Standard lemon-lime aromas open this quaffable Cava. In the mouth, it's creamy and soft, but not mushy, with candied mango, papaya and vanilla flavors that finish sweet."
    Wine Enthusiast, November 2013

    BEST BUY, 89 POINTS

    "One of the most reliable Cavas at the price, this offers cool, crisp cider apple flavors along with leesy notes of toast, nuts and flowers. It's gentle and clean, fuel for a dance party."
    Wine & Spirits, August 2013

    RECOMMENDED

    "If you save bubbly for special occasions, then every day can be a special occasion with this exceptional value. Generous texture and apple-citrus-mineral flavors to pair with casual meals and endless tapas." View article
    Mary Ross, Daily Herald, February 2011

    RECOMMENDED

    "To say that it's a good value, as many reviews do, is an understatement: you could very easily spend four or five times as much on a bottle of champagne and end up with an inferior wine." View article
    Simple Spanish Food Blog, December 2010

    EXTREME VALUE

    "Cool and crisp, gentled by leesy notes of toast, nuts and flowers."
    Wine & Spirits, August 2013

    WINE OF THE WEEK

    "...your nose will be greeted by a cool and yeasty tease. When finally the bubbles burst in your mouth they flood the palate with a creamy, lemony, toasty complexity that is remarkable - and not only in a wine at this price but also in wines that cost much more. The effervescence persists through the finish, on which a welcome note of stony minerality is unmistakable."
    St. Petersburg Times, July 2010

    WINE THAT WOWS

    "If you're throwing a big party, you probably need a lot of bubbles, and in that case, I recommend Cava...This one is a great example from Segura Viudas."
    Alison Napjus, Fox & Friends, December 2013

    20 Best Wines Under $20

    "It's one of the best value bubblies on the market - period."
    Leslie Sbrocco, Shape, December 2013

    89 POINTS

    Top 100 Values of the Year!
    Wine & Spirits, June 2008

    WINE PANEL'S PICNIC PICK

    "A great sparkling wine value... It's a nicely done wine and would be good for an outdoor cheese party...It would be good with cured meats...It's a good party cava - the bottles are adorable and they could even be party favors."
    Dallas Morning News, July 2013

    RECOMMENDED

    "Brut Reserva is a consistent crowd pleaser with its gentle sparkle and clean red-apple skin perfume."
    Wine & Spirits, Fall 2011

    RECOMMENDED

    "Recommended with Tortilla Espanola with Vegetables. Nothing goes better with this egg-based classic than a glass of Cava, Spain's national sparkling wine...Segura Viudas Brut will not disappoint."
    Wine Enthusiast, May 2011

    RECOMMENDED

    "It's a good party cava... This is a great sparkling wine value."
    Dallas Morning News, July 2013

    RECOMMENDED

    Segura Viudas Brut Reserva recommended in a feature article on sparkling wine at the dinner table!
    Wine Enthusiast, June 2010

    CROWD FAVORITE

    "Although it was the cheapest Cava of the tasting, the Segura Viudas was a real crowd favorite. Clean, light-bodied with a brisk acidity, it's a great aperitif or for a large gathering."
    The Wall Street Journal, June 2013

    #2 MOST POPULAR SPARKLING WINE

    Segura Viudas ranked #25 in the Wine & Spirits 21st Annual Restaurant Poll and Segura Viudas Brut Reserva ranked #2 most popular sparkling wine.
    Wine & Spirits, April 2010

    BEST VALUE

    "Fresh and balanced, with a creamy bead supporting apple puree, pastry cream, anise and preserved lemon notes."
    Wine Spectator, April 2013

    TOP 100 BEST BUYS, 88 POINTS

    Featured on the cover of the Top 100 Best Buys issue for the second year in a row. "88 POINTS. Fruity, fresh and easy to like from start to finish, this is what a Best Buy should be."
    Wine Enthusiast, November 2012

    TOP 100 BEST BUYS

    "Simple, nice and not trying too hard; this basic brut is graced with nice apple and citrus aromas. The palate is wet, juicy and classic, with crisp apple, green herb and melon flavors. Round, clean and just crisp enough."
    Wine Enthusiast , November 2011

    SPARKLING WINES FOR ANY BUDGET

    "88 POINTS - BEST BUY. This wine always represents great value. It is crisp, tasty and supereasy to like."
    Wine Enthusiast, December 2012

    BEST BUY, 88 POINTS

    “This is as crisp and dry as a whispy reed, with a mild grassy note on the nose. It feels fresh and focused, with lime, peach and apple flavors. Fruity, fresh and easy to like from start to finish, this is what a Best Buy should be.”
    Wine Enthusiast, October 2012

    TOP 8 SPANISH SPARKLERS

    "Fresh and balanced, with a creamy bead supporting apple puree, pastry cream, anise and preserved lemon notes."
    Wine Spectator, February 2013

    BEST $15-AND-UNDER WINES

    "This low-priced gem is packed with green apple and citrus."
    Food & Wine Magazine, May 2013

    RECOMMENDED

    Wine expert Josh Wesson recommended Segura Viudas in his CBS This Morning segment “Grape Expectations: Choosing the Best Wines for New Years Eve". Watch video
    CBS This Morning, December 31, 2012

    BEST BARGAIN WINES OF 2012

    "A terrific value, this creamy sparkler cleanses the palate with bright acidity."
    Cooking Light, December 2012

    RECOMMENDED

    Master sommelier recommends the best bottles for any budget, including Segura Viudas Brut Reserva.
    Food Network, December 2011

    FEATURED

    "Using the traditional Champagne method but with a blend of Spanish grapes creates a rich, mid-weight wine with complexity. It's a surprisingly affordable, creamy sparkler."
    Cooking Light, December 2011

    BEST BUY, 87 POINTS

    "White fruits and candied apple aromas turn a little dusty with airing. The palate is crisp and standard, with no issues and juicy flavors of lightly sweetened apple, nectarine and citrus. Clean on the finish."
    Wine Enthusiast, December 2011

    "Segura Viudas’ entry level Cava, the Non-Vintage Brut Reserva offers up a pleasant perfume of yeast notes, biscuit, and green apple. It is a straightforward, lively, slightly off-dry bubbly that is a good value for drinking over the next 12–18 months."
    Wine Advocate, May 2011

    90 POINTS, TOP 100 VALUES OF 2010

    "The gentle sparkle of this wine carries scents of honeyed apple and red-apple skin. It's fragrant and clean, and lasts on fruit, a rich style with balance. For crab cakes."
    Wine & Spirits, June 2010

    89 POINTS, RECOMMENDED

    "Despite tens of millions of bottles of annual production, Cava remains a somewhat under-the-radar, underappreciated sparkling wine."
    Wine Enthusiast, June 2010

    TOP 100

    Segura Viudas Brut Reserva #66 on the Wine.com 100 list!
    Wine.com, 2010

    TOP 150 WINES UNDER $15

    Brut Reserva was chosen in blind tastings in the 2010 edition of The Wine Trials by Robin Goldenstein.
    The Wine Trials, 2010

    BEST BUY, 87 POINTS

    "Simple, nice and not trying too hard; this basic brut is graced with nice apple and citrus aromas..."
    Wine Enthusiast, December 2010

    EXTREME VALUE

    "Clean and appley, for toasts."
    Wine & Spirits, August 2010

    #8 in TOP 100 BEST BUYS, 89 POINTS

    "The nose blends citrus and wild green herb aromas, while the palate has perfectly composed orange and peach flavors. The finish is solid and around every turn it holds the road."
    Wine Enthusiast, November 2009
  • Mediterranean Series White

    RECOMMENDED

    "...a classic light, lemony table wine, easy and uncomplicated and all about the acid." View Article
    Snooth, August 2011

    WINNER

    "Best Bargain. Two-Time Wine Trials Selection. This wine is particularly impressive for its price: while it showed Champagne-like characteristics last year, this year it managed to pump up its fruit flavors without losing its deliciously fresh acidic character."
    The Wine Trials, 2011

    FEATURED

    "A sensational wine at an unbelievable price. Fresh and bright, it has the delicious tang of lemon peel and a finish redolent of the ripest Bartlett pear. Perfect for a seaside clambake or picnic lunch." View Article
    Real Simple, June 2011

    TOP 10 WINES UNDER $10

    Wine Enthusiast, June 2010

    BEST BUY

    "...this Catalonian blend always delivers in its price category. There's dusty lemon-lime and powdered sugar aromas and flavors along with papaya and green melon...."
    Wine Enthusiast,

    BEST VALUE

    "Good clean white wine is hard to find at this price. Serve this well chilled at a summer cocktail party and the fresh grape flavors will lighten the mood."
    Wine & Spirits,

    FEATURED

    "It's made with the same grapes that cava is made from, and tastes mostly like cava without the bubbles — some lemon with a bit of tartness (like a lemon square minus the sugar?)...But it's clean and refreshing and it doesn't have any flaws, and it only costs $5. How many other wines at that price can you say that about?"
    View article
    WineCurmudgeon.com, March 2014

    FEATURED

    "Fresh and lively, if simple, this thirst-quencher has a dash of zip and a finish that has a touch of dry Sherry-like character. Smoking deal."
    View Article
    WineThropology.com, April 2014

    RECOMMENDED

    "Most people see the pastel-colored label of an empty beach chair and the $6 price tag and refuse to buy it. But I have blind-served this to dozens of people who love it for its clean, unpretentious summer attitude...perfect for poolsides or garden parties."
    Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, August 2012

    FEATURED

    "A light and tangy white, with tangerine, apricot and floral notes. Easy-drinking, with a fresh, modest finish."
    Wine Spectator, July 31, 2010

    RECOMMENDED

    "The Rene Barbier White is just the ticket for a hot summer's day. Sitting by the pool or a picnic under a shady tree, the Mediterranean White is adult lemonade, crisp and thirst quenching and not too heavy on the alcohol." View Article
    CheapWineFinder.com, June 5, 2011

    RECOMMENDED

    "Light, pleasant and refreshing. It's an easy-drinking wine that works for big casual parties."
    The Dallas Morning News, January 26, 2011

    IMPORTED VALUE BRANDS

    "Hits all the right notes and then bows out gracefully. What a Mediterranean wine is all about, easy to drink, easy to enjoy, and not aggressively seeking attention. René Barbier - a name which consumers can rely on for a remarkable quality-price relation."
    Bon Appetit,

    INTERNATIONAL WINERIES OF THE YEAR

    "A clean and crisp summer refresher. Among the best values on the market today."
    Bon Appetit,

    FEATURED

    "Fresh and lively, if simple, this thirst-quencher has a dash of zip and a finish that has a touch of dry Sherry-like character. Smoking deal."
    Winethropology, April 22, 2014
  • VOVETI Prosecco DOC

    BEST PROSECCO

    Voted "Best Prosecco" (by 13 sommeliers)
    Sommelier Challenge International Wine Competition, 2011

    GOLD STAR, EXCELLENT BY-THE-GLASS CHOICE

    "Clean and fresh aromas of Granny Smith apple, honeysuckle, and yeasty toast; crisp apple, honeydew, and white peach flavors. Smooth, citrus finish with a hint of minerals. Antipasti or cold soup."
    Sante Magazine, July 2013

    COVER FEATURE

    "Soft and pleasing, with aromas of peach blossom, Anjou pear, light lemon, and a touch of nuts. Citrus and green apple on the palate, with a creamy texture and good acid balance. Deliciously fresh and lively. Salmon terrine."
    Sante Magazine, 16th Anniversary Issue, 2012

    90 POINTS

    "Smells a little sweet but has all the Prosecco details. Pear fruit, flowers, a touch of apple core, some mineral hints and a touch of ginseng. A bit coarse in the mouth, but not terribly effervescent, which makes this friendly and easy to drink. The fruit is bright with lime and pineapple accents to the core of pear which is lightly etched with mineral. More pear skin on the finish is joined with by a hint of herb and ginseng. This is all I want from a Prosecco."
    Snooth.com, December 2011

    88 POINTS

    "Bright, dry and juicy with lively fruit; smooth, creamy and clean with nice flavors; long and balanced."
    Anthony Dias Blue, Tasting Panel, November 2012

    BEST BUY

    "Balanced between pear-like fruit and caramel apple sweetness, this is a soft sparkler to enjoy as an aperitif."
    Wine & Spirits, August 2013

    "Fresh, fragrant and light, this delivers a touch of sweetness, followed by aromas of citrus, white flowers and peach. It's crisp, easy and bright on the finish, with steely effervescence."
    Wine Enthusiast, December 2012

    "Ripe peach, tangerine, mango and cream notes are backed by juicy acidity and a lively bead in this balanced Prosecco."
    Wine Spectator, October 2012

    RECOMMENDED

    "This is an easy-drinking Prosecco... The fruit aromas are more pronounced in this Prosecco than you'll find in many other sparklers."
    Mutineer Magazine, August 2014

    "Very floral and citrussy on the nose with a spicy lemongrass top note and some deep baked peach and almond base notes. A little coarsely textured, this delivers fairly rich orange and apricot tinged flavors of minerally citrus fruits. Showing a hint of sweetness on the back end, this finishes quite assertively dry with an earthy edge to some pear skin notes. A bit rustic yet attractive."
    Snooth.com, December 2012

    “Very aromatic, smelling this is like sticking your nose in a fresh bouquet of flowers placed next to a juicy, just-sliced summer peach…Overall a refreshing and very expressive wine that delivers for its price point.”
    Champagne Warrior, May 2013

    "Shows loads of dry grass, green apple, spring flower and citrus. The effervescence is tonic and firm."
    Wine Enthusiast, December 2011

    "Dry and tangy, this offers flavors of Granny Smith apple, apricot and cantaloupe. It's fresh and lively, with a modest, lip-smacking finish. Drink now."
    Wine Spectator, November 2011

    RECOMMENDED

    The DC Ladies recommends VOVETI in a list of 10 bubblies for every budget, calling it “a favorite among critics and casual drinkers, alike.”
    View Article
    The DC Ladies, June 2014

    RECOMMENDED

    Long Island Bride & Groom Magazine recommends VOVETI Prosecco as a wedding gift.
    Long Island Bride & Groom, February 2014

    RECOMMENDED

    "Should appeal to the fashion-at-value crowd looking for a step up... Few will complain about this bubbly at a party."
    Winelines Online, January 2013

    RECOMMENDED

    "This is one easy to drink sparkler... I dare you to just drink one glass!"
    The Reverse Wine Snob blog, December 2012

    RECOMMENDED

    "From Friuli, Italy comes a Prosecco so bubbly and crisp, you might be tempted to start breaking it out at midnight every night. You'll get delicious flavors like apple, pear, and peach from this light sparkler." View article
    The Drink Nation, December 2012

    RECOMMENDED

    "Soft and peachy, with light touches of tangerine and honeysuckle. A pretty, lightly off-dry sipper. Ready to drink now." View article
    Wine Skinny, December 2012

    RECOMMENDED

    "This Italian wine was the consensus favorite among our tasters…starting out with crisp minerality, and dissolving to a clean finish." View article
    Courier-Journal, December 2012

    "Voveti Prosecco is cosmopolitan. This one is for the hottest party at the hottest club. It is trendy yet sophisticated with notes of lemon, orange blossoms, peach, wheat and touch of vanilla. Voveti is another dry sparkler but very fresh." View article
    Cork Chronicles, December 2012

    RECOMMENDED

    "Excellent selection for the price."
    Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online, November 2012

    FEATURED

    "...balanced and fresh Prosecco with apple, white flowers and bread crust on the nose and flavors of melon and ripe peach."
    Market Watch, June 2011

    RECOMMENDED

    "Is this worth a glass after work? Definitely! If you see this wine in the store, grab it; you won’t be disappointed."
    A Glass After Work, August 2012

    FEATURED

    "...fresh and brimming with delicate aromas and flavors of spring flowers, crispy apple, citrus and a hint of almond. The mousse is gentle and creamy, yet it shows vibrancy as the bubbles dance gracefully across your palate. The length is fairly persistent and it is very refreshing on the finish...delightful to sip as an apéritif while nibbling away at some almonds or cashews, but it is also lovely with cured meats such as Prosciutto di Parma, simply prepared seafood such as squid, clams or shrimp or even some lightly spicy Asian dishes."
    Mary Gorman-McAdams, The Kitchn, March 2012

    RECOMMENDED

    "Experience, dedication and outstanding fruit have created Voveti, an elegant, vibrant and luscious sparkler with flavors of green apple, honeydew melon and citrus with just a hint of peaches and cream on the finish."
    Hayley Hamilton, Pink Memo Dallas, February 2012

    RECOMMENDED

    "As pretty as it is pure, it leaves an impression of crystalline clarity on the palate. I also love the bottle."
    Nick Passmore, US Airways Magazine, January 2012

    RECOMMENDED

    "A new wine on the market, this Prosecco is an ideal pick for gift-giving with its black-bottle beauty. The wine is soft and creamy with a fruity edge, making it ideal to serve alone as an aperitif or with spicy dishes." View Article
    Leslie Sbrocco, December 13, 2011

    FEATURED

    "The upscaling of Prosecco is under way...The wine is as clean and refreshing as Prosecco should be, but rises above the simple apple character of many peers. Playful. Stylish. A step up."
    New York Wine Salon, July 5, 2011

    FEATURED

    "Dry and tangy, this offers flavors of Granny Smith apple, apricot and cantaloupe. It's fresh and lively, with a modest, lip-smacking finish. Drink now."
    Wine Spectator, November 2011

    FEATURED

    "Shows loads of dry grass, green apple, spring flower and citrus. The effervescence is tonic and firm."
    Wine Enthusiast, December 31, 2011

    FEATURED

    "...fresh and brimming with delicate aromas and flavors of spring flowers, crispy apple, citrus and a hint of almond. The mousse is gentle and creamy, yet it shows vibrancy as the bubbles dance gracefully across your palate. The length is fairly persistent and it is very refreshing on the finish...delightful to sip as an aperitif while nibbling away at some almonds or cashews, but it is also lovely with cured meats such as Prosciutto di Parma, simply prepared seafood such as squid, clams or shrimp or even some lightly spicy Asian dishes." View Article
    The Kitchn, March 2012

    RECOMMENDED

    "Citrus and floral aromas that join harmoniously with green apple and honey flavors." View Article
    Grapelines, December 29, 2011

    RECOMMENDED

    "Experience, dedication and outstanding fruit have created Voveti, an elegant, vibrant and luscious sparkler with flavors of green apple, honeydew melon and citrus with just a hint of peaches and cream on the finish." View Article
    Pink Memo Dallas, February 7, 2012

    FEATURED

    VOVETI was included in the feature article, "Prosecco's Bubble Not Bursting" by Roger Morris, in the June 2011 issue of Beverage Media.
    Beverage Media, June 2011

    FEATURED

    "There's something extra-special about enjoying the fruity (hello, ripest peach and pear!), floral notes in VOVETI PROSECCO, in the gloriously warming rays of the sun."
    The Tasting Panel, July 2011

    FEATURED

    "Fragrant and fresh, with graceful character, tempered acidity and impressive length."
    Beverage Dynamics, March 2011

    RECOMMENDED

    Celebrated Living, the premium class in-flight magazine for American Airlines recommends VOVETI, describing it as an "artisanal Prosecco that is fresh, stylish, and sleek."
    Celebrated Living, September 2011

    RECOMMENDED

    "As pretty as it is pure, it leaves an impression of crystalline clarity on the palate. I also love the bottle." View Article
    US Airways Magazine, January 2012

    RECOMMENDED

    "VOVETI Prosecco starts the partying with good bubbles and fresh, peachy flavor. It's a fine aperitif and goes with classic antipasti, from prosciutto onward. Tasty with spicy Asian dishes, too." View Article
    Newsday , October 12, 2011

    RECOMMENDED

    "VOVETI links the grapes of the Veneto region with the winemaking of Friuli-Venezia Giulia region to create its flavor."
    StateWays, March 2011

    RECOMMENDED

    "Both family run wineries teamed together to create a sparkler that is sophisticated and with great finesse, focusing on the freshness and vibrancy great Prosecco is known for. Crafted with entertaining in mind, this is an ideal apperitif filled with golden apple, ripe peach and honeydew with a creamy texture and frothy mousse, and of course, lots of tiny bubbles." View Article
    D Magazine Blog, September 2011

    RECOMMENDED

    "Always a bright, crisp and refreshingly bubbly, Voveti has created a luxurious sparkler designed with artistry in both the bottle and the glass, and taste in mind." View Article
    Pink Memo Dallas, July 2011

    RECOMMENDED

    "Voveti Prosecco is cosmopolitan. This one is for the hottest party at the hottest club. It is trendy yet sophisticated with notes of lemon, orange blossoms, peach, wheat and touch of vanilla. Voveti is another dry sparkler but very fresh." View Article
    The Cork Chronicles, December 29, 2011

    RECOMMENDED

    The Rooftop Gourmet recommends Voveti with Diver Scallops with Oven-Roasted Tomatoes and Spinach. View Article
    The Rooftop Gourmet, December 20, 2011

    FEATURED

    "Just look at the picture of this bottle! Doesn't it scream DATE NIGHT! It's so sleek and sexy that it makes you want to pop it open and pour a glass....the tiny, pinpoint-like bubbles are what makes this wine so exciting." View Article
    He Sipped/She Sipped , June 2011

    FEATURED

    In an article about pairing wine with McDonald's, Snooth paired VOVETI prosecco with Chicken McNuggets. View Article | VOVETI and McNuggets pairing
    Snooth, June 2011

    FEATURED

    "On both the nose and the palate, the wine showed heavy citrus notes of lemon, lime and green apple, strong floral components (think daisies and white flowers) and a slight mineral note on the finish. Another strong characteristic on the palate was the racing acidity. This wine was crisp and bright, a perfect match for prosciutto, seafood, olives and nuts." View Article
    CraveDFW.com, May 27, 2011
  • 2011 Vionta Albariño

    BEST BUY, 87 POINTS

    "Here's an albarino that's creamy with lemon custard scents, fat enough for crab, and fragrant enough for clams or barnacles."
    Wine & Spirits, August 2013

    DECANTER WORLD WINE AWARD

    Decanter Magazine, 2012
  • 2012 Tempranillo

    FEATURED

    "Begins with pleasant aromas of earth, a little bit of green (pyrazine), plum and a hint of tobacco. Tasting reveals a perfectly pleasant wine featuring blackberry, plum, lavender and dark chocolate. It also has a dry, grippy texture that is still smooth and easy to drink. It ends dry with lingering tart blackberry flavors. Nicely balanced and a heck of a good wine for only $8!"
    View article
    ReverseWineSnob.com, March 2014

    FEATURED

    "It has lots of rich dark berry fruit, with some chocolate, coffee, lavender, and spice. Not super complex, but it was a good food wine with some nice fruit, a smooth texture, and a clean finish. Good with the rich flavors and sweet roasted veggies from the dish. Great value."
    View article
    VinedulgeBlog.com, March 2014
  • 2012 Moscato

    "Light, sweet and delicately fizzy, with citrus balancing the delicate pear notes.”
    Wine Spectator, June 2013
  • Cordon Negro Extra Dry

    87 POINTS

    "Leesy and broad up front before a tight scent of apples emerges in the middle, this is vinous, sprightly and gentle. For a white-on-white birthday cake."
    Wine & Spirits, June 2011

    86 POINTS

    "Fresh on the nose for an extra dry, with lime and apple aromas. Only the slightest bit cloying, with balancing acidity helping out sweet green melon flavors. Finishes nice and normal."
    Wine Enthusiast, December 2011

    TOP 10 SPARKLING WINES

    "Confusingly labelled Extra Dry, this inexpensive cava is actually less dry than Cordon Negro Brut. Composed of 40 per cent Parellada, 35 per cent Macabeo and 25 per cent Xarel-lo grapes, it offers fresh peach, melon and citrus flavors."
    Gayot, December 2011

    "Modest and lightly sweet, with delicate acidity and hints of lemon zest and verbena balancing candied apple and berry notes. Smoky finish."
    Wine Spectator, April 2013

    "Forward and direct up front, this has a yeasty but fresh apple aroma. It feels clean and ready, with lemon-lime and kiwi flavors that lead to a fresh finish. This is textbook Cava with some sweetness."
    Wine Enthusiast, November 2012

    "Meyer lemon, floral, ginger, nut and pound cake notes mix in this creamy cava, balanced by lightly juicy acidity, with a fresh and citrusy finish."
    Wine Spectator, December 2011

    RECOMMENDED

    "This sparkling is clean and fresh, a bit more sweet than the Cordon Negro Brut. It shows aromas of fresh lime, tangerine, peach and hints of yeast. On the palate this wine has a creamy texture with flavors of clementine, peach, fresh baked bread, candied apple and honey. This wine is food friendly, it will be delicious by itself but will pair great with spicy food, lasagna, pizza, fried chicken and creamy desserts like creme brulee or flan."
    Examiner.com, December 30, 2011

    WINNER

    "It's worth trying it with slightly spicy foods, as the sweetness creates a nice balance and soothes the mouth"
    The Wine Trials, 2011

    86 POINTS

    "Clean and approachable, with lemon-lime aromas..."
    Wine Enthusiast, December 2010

    WINNER

    Cordon Negro Extra Dry was chosen in the blind tastings in 2010 edition of The Wine Trials by Robin Goldenstein.
    The Wine Trials, 2010

    "Lightly smoky and creamy, with ripe clementine, Jonagold apple and apricot flavors..."
    Wine Spectator, June 2010
  • 2010 Pinot Noir

    TOP 10 WINES UNDER $10

    "Good Pinot Noir is hard to make cheaply, but this one manages to buck the trend. Medium-bodied and food-friendly, it boasts bright red fruit flavors and soft tannins."
    View article
    Gayot, March 2014
  • Mia Rosé 2013

    FEATURED

    Mia Rosé is featured in Beverage Media discussing the rising tide of rosé wines. The article mentions Mia as the new line by Freixenet made from native Spanish grapes.
    View Article
    Beverage Media, July 2014
  • Extra Dry

    BEST BUY

    "Dry apple and spice aromas accent pear and melon scents. This feels mostly right, with lightly herbal, grassy flavors of apple and citrus that finish with medium intensity."
    Wine Enthusiast, November 2013

    TOP 100 BEST BUYS

    "This wine's white fruit flavor has the mineral edge of a whetstone and a spring water freshness. Chill for razor clams."
    Wine & Spirits, Winter 2012

    BEST BUY

    "Dry apple and crisp citrus aromas come with a touch of sweet grass. It has lively lemon-lime and apple flavors, and it seems to have been dosed on the sweeter side of extra dry. Overall, it's fruity, friendly and likeable."
    Wine Enthusiast, November 2012

    BEST BUY

    "This wine's white fruit flavor has the mineral edge of a whetstone and a spring water freshness. Chill for razor clams."
    Wine & Spirits, August 2012

    BEST BUY

    "Clean, fruity and solid smelling, with a fresh, lightweight palate housing flavors of ginger, lime, lemongrass and powdered sugar. Easy on the finish. Textbook quaffing Cava if you like it a little sweet."
    Wine Enthusiast, December 2011

    BEST BUY

    "Toasted lees scents and lemon-lime acidity balance this wine's sweet flavors of maple sugar candy. Pour it with pound cake."
    Wine & Spirits, June 2011

    "Fresh and full of lime on the nose, and overall this is simple, smooth and gives you little reason to worry or fuss. The palate is smooth,creamy and a little low on acids, thus the lemon-lime and melon flavors have a fullness that's sweet and good."
    Wine Enthusiast, December 2010

    BEST BUY, 87 POINTS

    "Better than your average, run-of-the mill Extra Dry..."
    Wine Enthusiast, November 2009

    RECOMMENDED

    Head maitre d' in SoHo recommends Segura Viudas Extra Dry in From Behind the Open Table blog. View article
    From Behind the Open Table Blog, March 2011

    RECOMMENDED

    "For those looking for a little less oak, we recommend the Segura Viudas Extra Dry, which has just the slightest bit of sweetness alongside notes of cream and lemon. It has softer mineral flavors than other wines from this producer, and would definitely be nice with pre-dinner snacks or a Valentine's Day brunch. For eight bucks, you could certainly do worse."
    SeriousEats.com, February 2010
  • Blanc de Noirs

    92 POINTS, GOLD MEDAL, BEST OF CLASS

    2013 Los Angeles International Wine Competition,

    90 POINTS, EDITOR'S CHOICE

    "Deliciousness marks this blend of 92% Pinot Noir and 8% Chardonnay. It’s forward and sweet in raspberries, strawberries and vanilla, with hints of brioche, white chocolate and buttered toast. Gorgeous all by itself, it will pair well with everything from sushi to steak."
    Wine Enthusiast, Advance Buying Guide, November 2013

    88 POINTS

    "Creamy raspberry and spicy red apple aromas lead to crisp yet succulent cherry and graham cracker flavors. One of the most consistent values in California sparkling wine."
    Wine Spectator, November 2013

    2013 GOLD MEDALS

    Affairs of the Vine Wine Competition
    Critics Challenge International Wine Competition
    Florida State Fair
    Indiana International Wine Competition
    International Womens Wine Competition
    LA International Wine Competition - Double Gold
    North of the Gate Wine Competition - Double Gold, Best of Show
    Orange County Fair
    Riverside Wine Competition- Double Gold, Best of Class
    San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
    Sonoma County Harvest Fair - Double Gold
    Sunset International Wine Competition
    U S National Wine Competition
    Channel TVAwards aka Next Gen - Double Gold, Best of Show
    Winemakers Challenge

    90 POINTS

    "Fun and festive, with floral raspberry and graham cracker aromas leading to crisp and succulent lemon and strawberry flavors. A reliable value in California bubbly."
    Wine Spectator, October 2012

    SWEEPSTAKES WINNER

    Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Noirs wins the sweepstakes at the Pacific Rim Wine Competition in San Bernardino. View article
    Pacific Rim Wine Competition, April 26, 2012

    2012 GOLD MEDALS

    Affairs of the Vine – Pinot Noir Shootout
    Critics Challenge
    Dallas Morning News
    Fingerlakes Wine Competition
    Indiana International Wine Competition – Double Gold
    Jefferson Cup Invitational
    Long Beach Grand Cru
    Los Angeles Wine & Spirits Competition
    National Orange Show/Pacific Rim
    Riverside Int’l Wine Competition – Double Gold
    San Francisco International Wine Competition – Double Gold
    Tastes Guild International
    US National Wine Competition – Double Gold
    West Coast Wine Competition

    90 POINTS, EDITORS' CHOICE

    "There's a lot going on for the price in this honeyed, rich blush wine. Pinot Noir gives hints of strawberries, while Chardonnay contributes limes and oranges. The result is a smooth, crisp sipper for drinking now."
    Wine Enthusiast, December 15, 2011

    2011 GOLD MEDALS

    California State Fair Wine Competition
    Critics Challenge International Wine Competition
    Florida State Fair - Double Gold, Best of Show Sparkling Wine
    Grand Harvest Awards
    Indiana International Wine Competition
    International Eastern Wine Competition
    International Women’s Wine Competition
    Jefferson Cup Invitational
    Monterey Wine Competition
    National Orange/Pacific Rim Wine Competition
    New World Wine Competition - Double Gold, Best of Class
    Next Generation Wine Competition
    North of the Gate Wine Competition - Double Gold, Best of Class, Sweepstakes
    Riverside Wine Competition
    San Diego Wine Competition
    San Francisco International Wine Competition - Double Gold
    Sonoma County Harvest Fair
    West Coast Wine Competition

    91 POINTS, EDITORS' CHOICE

    “More full-bodied than the winery’s brut, this Pinot Noir-based bubbly also is richer. It’s just beautiful in raspberries and strawberries, with brighter touches of lime, and although the wine
    has a honeyed sweetness, its zesty acidity makes it finish dry.”
    Wine Enthusiast, December 15, 2010

    89 POINTS

    "Vibrant and loaded with fruit, but still crisp, showing zesty flavors of strawberry, graham cracker and spice."
    Wine Spectator, December 31, 2010

    88 POINTS

    "A touch of fruit sweetness makes this a gentle, rosy sparkler..."
    Wine & Spirits, December 2010

    2010 GOLD MEDALS

    Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition - Platinum
    2010 US Professional Wine Buyers Competition
    Grand Harvest Awards
    Jerry Mead's New World International Wine Competition
    West Coast Wine Competition - Sweepstakes
    California State Fair Wine Competition
    Los Angeles International Wine Competition - Best of Class
    Indiana Wine Competition - Double Gold, Grand Champion Sparkler, Sparkling Wine of the Year
    Sonoma County Harvest Fair

    91 POINTS

    "Reddish-peach hue; very active mousse with a fine stream of bubbles. Alluring bouquet of sliced green apple and cherry fruit. Creamy palate with caramel, pear and citrus notes in a foamy texture. Tart stone fruit with sweet cherry overtones in an elegant finish."
    Wine News, December 2008/January 2009

    90 POINTS, EDITORS' CHOICE

    "Almost exclusively Pinot Noir, this is a deeply colored, full-bodied wine, rich and crisp in strawberries, lees and vanilla. A touch of Chardonnay adds a refreshing note of lime. Delicious and easy to like, especially at this price point.”
    Wine Enthusiast , December 31, 2009

    2009 GOLD MEDALS

    San Diego International Wine Competition - Sweepstakes
    Pacific Rim Wine Competition - Best of Class
    Riverside International Wine Competition
    Tasters Guild International Wine Competition
    International Eastern Wine Competition
    Critics Challenge International Wine Competition - Critics Platinum
    California State Fair Competition - Double Gold

    VERY GOOD

    "Smoother mouthfeel than most; lots of ripe fruit."
    Consumer Reports, January 2013

    FEATURED

    "Soft, fresh, fragrant strawberry aromas are more than just inviting - they practically shove you into the glass. The palate adds notes of ruby red grapefruit and dark cherry for zest and structure. Hints of bread dough also linger in the background, but this is truly a fruit-filled wine, expressive of top-notch quality Sonoma County grapes. It is neither too emptily fluffy nor pretentiously snooty; as a result it can stand head-to-head with more expensive Champagnes, even though it is clearly a more fruited experience. A benchmark sparkling wine year after year."
    Champagne Warrior, January 13, 2012

    FEATURED

    "Rich and aromatic, this is pinot noir on fine display. Full and pungent, a meaty sparkler that works well with food."
    US Airways Magazine, January 2012

    RECOMMENDED

    "A Simple, Sparkling Brunch for Mother's Day" View article
    Wine Spectator, May 3, 2011

    WINE OF THE WEEK, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

    "A Crisp, yet fruit-forward sparkler. It’s bright acidity balances the sweet flavors and gives it lift. Yeasty, with notes of raspberry, citrus and mineral. Nice mousse."
    Press Democrat, December 22, 2010

    WINE OF THE WEEK - TOP PICK

    "A lively, vibrant sparkler that's fruit-driven. Aromas and flavors of strawberry cream and yeast. Nice mousse. Balanced."
    The Press Democrat, May 20, 2009
  • 2012 VAZA Cosecha

    87+ POINTS

    This young Tempranillo is very fruity and fresh, providing pure red berries on an easy drinking palate. Could be served lightly chilled to accompany a hot summer day’s lunch.
    International Wine Review, July 2014
  • Mediterranean Series Red

    BEST BUY

    "...berry fruit notes and milk chocolate sweetness to the nose... zesty and lean, with cherry, plum and herbal flavors. Juicy and minty on the finish."
    Wine Enthusiast, December 2011

    BEST BUY

    "Dry, lightweight and peppery, but zesty, fresh and clean. The body is streamlined to the point of being lean, but the raspberry and cherry flavors...are crisp and legit. Tart, tasty and simple red wine."
    Wine Enthusiast, May 2011

    WINNER

    "Best Bargain. Two-Time Wine Trials Selection. Our blind tasters were thrilled that this impressively cheap bottle had the funky, earthy, herbal notes that typically accompany much older, more expensive wines."
    The Wine Trials, 2011

    FEATURED

    "Look for red fruit; a beginning, middle, and end; and even some tannins. It doesn't taste New World, with a little darkness, but don't expect something very Spanish like Aldi’s Vina Decana. And people who don’t like red wine may well still enjoy it."
    View article
    WineCurmudgeon.com, February 2014

    FEATURED

    “This bright red surprises with pretty aromatics, spice on the palate, and an overall high enjoyment index. Balanced and clean, this will be making repeat appearances on our dinner table.”
    View article
    WineThropology.com, January 2014

    RECOMMENDED

    PATIO POUNDERS - RED WINES FOR SUMMER
    "Rene Barbier Mediterranean Red Wine is a blend of Tempranillo and Merlot, and due to its spicy notes would be great with take-out pizza or pizza on the grill. A hint of licorice on the finish as well as vanilla laced with black fruit makes it a soft, approachable wine."
    Milwakee Magazine, June 2012

    WINE OF THE WEEK

    "Recommended. At $5, this is a steal."
    Advocate Magazine, August 2012

    RECOMMENDED

    Dr. Oz recommends Mediterranean Red as an inexpensive way to reduce stress.
    Healthy Body Daily, July 2012

    RECOMMENDED FOR THANKSGIVING

    "The smooth blend of Tempranillo and Merlot grapes in this budget bottle boasts aromas of berries and subtle hints of vanilla."
    Woman's Day, November 2011

    RECOMMENDED

    Dr. Oz recommends Rene Barbier Mediterranean Red for $5 Friday. View Video
    Doctor Oz,

    BEST BUY

    "Smooth, medium-bodied, with tannins that emerge gradually. Medium acidity. Gentle oak plus prunes and cherries."
    Wine Enthusiast,

    IMPORTED VALUE BRANDS

    "Nonchalant simplicity. What a Mediterranean wine is all about, easy to drink, easy to enjoy, and not aggressively seeking attention. Rene Barbier - a name which consumers can rely on for a remarkable quality-price relation."
    Wine & Spirits ,

    INTERNATIONAL WINERIES OF THE YEAR

    "Simple, chillable style of a light Cotes du Rhone (Appropriate to a Spanish winery founded by a vigneron from Avignon). Among the best values on the market today."
    Wine & Spirits,

    VALUE VARIETALS

    "...the winemakers at Rene Barbier blended an inexpensive Mediterranean Red and Mediterranean White that hit all the right notes and then bow out gracefully...They are what a Mediterranean wine is all about, easy to drink, easy to enjoy, and not aggressively seeking attention...it takes enormous sophistication on the part of a wine company to create and maintain a national brand like Rene Barbier - a name which consumers can rely on for a remarkable quality-price relation."
    Wine & Spirits ,

    50 BEST VALUES OF THE YEAR

    "Sweet roasted pepper aromas blend with American oak character, and follow in the mouth. There's a roasted ripeness to the fruit, though it retains a touch of berry-like freshness. Serve this at cellar temperature on warm summer evenings...with most anything off the grill."
    Wine & Spirits,
  • Cordon Negro Sweet Cuvée - NEW

    FEATURED

    “Aromatic, with exotic ground spice and jasmine notes, this sweet sparkler shows just enough acidity to balance the candied orange, passion fruit coulis and pineapple fruit.”
    Wine Spectator, June 2014
  • 2011 Garnacha

    FEATURED

    "Garnet colored, smooth, with strong notes of blackberries, it is a full-bodied wine with a lovely finish."
    Hot Flash Homestead Blog, April 2014

    WINE OF THE WEEK

    2010 Tapeña Garnacha
    Press Democrat , February 21, 2012

    90 POINTS

    2009 Tapeña Garnacha
    Robert Whitley, March 2011
  • 2011 Verdejo

    RECOMMENDED

    2010 Tapeña Verdejo
    D Magazine, June 2012
  • VA de VI

    88 POINTS

    "Offers a festive balance of crisp acidity and lightly sweet and spicy fruit. Lacks depth of flavor, but remains vibrant and fun to drink."
    Wine Spectator, November 2013

    87 POINTS

    "Mostly Pinot Noir, with a few drops of Chardonnay and Muscat, this slightly sweet bubbly is a little scoury, with hard-edged bubbles It has orange, lime and strawberry flavors, with the toasty yeastiness of Champagne."
    Wine Enthusiast, Advance Buying Guide, November 2013

    2013 GOLD MEDALS

    International Eastern Wine Competition
    Indiana International Wine Competition - Double Gold
    National Orange/Pacific Rim Wine Competition
    Riverside International Wine Competition - Double Gold/Best of Class
    San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
    San Francisco International Wine Competiton - Double Gold

    88 POINTS

    "A well-crafted bubbly for those with a slight sweet tooth. Spicy tropical fruit aromas lead to lively lemon and lime notes, with accents of toasted almond and spice."
    Wine Spectator, October 2012

    2012 GOLD MEDALS

    Grand Harvest Awards
    National Orange Show/Pacific Rim
    San Francisco Chronicle
    San Francisco International Wine Competition
    Sunset International Wine Competition
    Winemakers’ Challenge

    87 POINTS

    Wine Enthusiast, December 2012

    2011 GOLD MEDALS

    California State Fair Wine Competition
    Finger Lakes International Wine Competition
    Florida State Fair
    Grand Harvest Awards
    Next Generation Wine Competition
    North of the Gate Wine Competition
    San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
    West Coast Wine Competition

    88 POINTS

    "This is basically the same as Gloria's brut, only they added some Muscat and made it a little sweeter. With sugared raspberry, lime, orange and brioche flavors, made brisk with acidity, it will satisfy those who like some plumpness in their sparkling wines."
    Wine Enthusiast, December 15, 2011

    92 POINTS

    "Pretty gold hue with very small, active bubbles. Intriguing scents of pear nectar, peach juice and light floral fragrances. Creamy entry with a nice spiciness that accents continuing pear, vanilla and a touch of red fruit. Tangy finish marked by minerality and sweet citrus acidity."
    Wine News, Winter 2010

    87 POINTS

    "A nice everyday sparkler..."
    Wine Enthusiast, December 15, 2010

    2010 GOLD MEDALS

    Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition
    Orange County Wine Competition
    Pacific Rim Wine Competition - Best of Class
    Sommelier Challenge - Best of Show

    88 POINTS

    "A good sparkling wine...nice and dry, with a fancy finish. Shows crisp flavors of yeasty lees, limes, lemons, vanilla and smoke."
    Wine Enthusiast, December 1, 2009

    87 POINTS

    "Mainly Pinot Noir, but the touch of Muscat lends a tart touch of orange to this dry, crisp bubbly...Finishes dryish and elegant."
    Wine Enthusiast, December 31, 2009

    THE REAL DEAL

    "A whisper of sugar carries apple, pear, peach, berry, and bitter orange."
    Sunset, February 2012

    GAYOT'S TOP 10 AMERICAN SPARKLING WINES

    "a rich, complex cuvee...on the nose, this sparkling wine offers aromas of apple, pear and cherry. On the palate, layers of peach and lemon evolve to vanilla on the finish." View article
    Gayot, December 6, 2011

    FEATURED

    "Pinot Noir lifted with 8% Chardonnay and 3% Muscat, this lively, bold, and relatively fruity sparkling wine is a list-worthy, limited-production offering from a popular California winery. Aged en tirage for 18 months, it offers more depth than usual at this price point."
    Sommelier Journal, November 2011

    FEATURED WINE & RECIPE

    Kenneth Hyman pairs VA de VI with fried and raw oysters in "Love in a Bottle". View article
    Kenneth Hyman, March 2011

    FEATURED WINE at THIRSTY GIRL in NEW YORK

    VA de VI was featured at the Thirsty Girl booth at the New York Wine Expo. VA de VI was a huge fan favorite and a real crowd pleaser. View article
    Thirsty Girl, February 2011

    RECOMMENDED - VERY GOOD

    "The warm, pale yellow color of this wine is a good indication of the gentle wine within. Abundant mousse and fine bead sets up the aromas of pear and lemon. These elements are echoed in the flavors, and are accompanied by cherry and toast notes. Predominantly Pinot Noir, with some Chardonnay and a touch of Muscat."
    Good Wines Under $20 blog, December 2010

    RECOMMENDED

    VA de VI was featured on The TODAY SHOW with Leslie Sbrocco and Kathy Lee and Hoda on January 14th.
    The Today Show, January 2010

    FEATURED

    VA de VI is on the cover of this holiday's Sante Magazine!
    Sante Magazine, December 2009

    RECOMMENDED

    "Gloria Ferrer VA de VI Ultra Cuvee: This nonvintage sparkling wine is predominately made from Pinot Noir grapes, with a touch of Chardonnay and Muscat for a round mouth feel. The wine has aromas of apples and pears, flavors of Bing cherries and a lingering Creansicle finish. Try it with grilled fish, chicken and any fruit salsa. $22."
    Contra Costa Times, July 1, 2009
  • Brut Rosé

    FEATURED

    Andrea Robinson featured Segura Viudas Brut Rose as a perfect wine to enjoy during performances in the park for her segment "Summer Wines For $10 Or Less" for the TODAY Show with Kathie Lee & Hoda. View article
    The Today Show, June 9, 2011

    88 POINTS

    “Muted aromas of red berries. Very creamy on the attack with red berry and watermelon flavors, finishing on a long, slightly sweet fruit note. A very pleasant, easy drinking wine that would make a fine aperi­tif beverage. Excellent value.”
    International Wine Review, June 2014

    BEST BUY

    "Nectarine and orange peel are the lead aromas on this everyday, entirely serviceable Cava. A fresh, juicy, citrusy mouthfeel creats a nest for citrus flavors, grapefruit and orange in particular, to do their thing before finishing slightly bitter and pithy."
    Wine Enthusiast, October 2013

    TOP 8 SPANISH SPARKLERS

    "A base note of toasted almond mixes with creamy black currant, black licorice and candied lemon zest notes in this lively rosé."
    Wine Spectator, February 2013

    RECOMMENDED

    Ladies’ Home Journal recommends Segura Viudas Brut Rosé in their June article on fun ideas for summer.
    Ladies Home Journal, June 2014

    BEST BUY

    “Clean, dry and light on the nose, this has a smoky, leafy accent... it offers nice grapefruit, cherry and nectarine flavors, with a dry, smoky and tasty finish.”
    Wine Enthusiast, October 2012

    BEST BUY

    "Extreme Value - Critics Pick. This simple rosé has Beaujolais-like fruit character, with tart cherry and red berry flavors integrated into a leesy finish. Chill it for chorizo."
    Wine & Spirits, August 2012

    BEST BUY, 87 POINTS

    "Simple, light strawberry aromas form a good opening. The palate is juicy and bright, with citrus and nectarine flavors. There's nothing complicated or overreaching here; it's easygoing, clean and finishes with pepper and brown sugar."
    Wine Enthusiast, December 2011

    "A base note of toasted almond mixes with creamy black currant, black licorice and candied lemon zest notes in this lively rosé."
    Wine Spectator, April 2013

    RECOMMENDED

    "Floral and wild cherry scented with a bit of yeasty cheesiness lurking under the fruit and top notes of carob and mint. This is smooth and a bit obviously sweet for me, but combines richness and a fine mousse into a very attractively drinkable package. There's some orange tones to the strawberry fruit on the palate, which all get wrapped up in a moderately long citrus/lingonberry/wild cherry finish. A fruity style, but one with a touch of elegance."
    Snooth, December 2011

    RECOMMENDED

    "At Segura Viudas they embrace the use of indigenous varieties, Trepat is a grape that they feel proud of have in their regeneration program. This cava shows intense fruit aromas and flavors, strawberry, cherry and pomegranate. Refreshing palate, nice balance between fruit and acid. Beautiful foam of bubbles with nice amount of sweetness."
    Wine Examiner, November 2011

    BEST BUY

    Wine & Spirits, August 2009
  • 2011 Acordeón Malbec

    BEST BUY, 86 POINTS

    Wine Enthusiast, May 2014

    BEST VALUE

    "This shows violet, cedar and white pepper accents to its dark raspberry and black cherry notes."
    Wine Spectator, November 2013
  • Cordon Negro Rosé

    87 POINTS

    “Attractive aromas of ripe strawberry, cinnamon and a hint of rhubarb. Fresh with clean flavors and the kind of sweet juice character that American consumers will especially like. Fruit forward with modest depth but superb at this price point. A flavorful blend of Trepat and Garnacha.”
    International Wine Review, June 2014
  • 2010 Shiraz

    90 POINTS

    "Light red-purple, bright and clear; the bouquet has fragrant red berry aromas, the light- to medium-bodied palate with similar fruit enhanced by fine but persistent tannins. Given an extra point for its freshness and elegance."
    Australian Wine Companion, 2013

    TOP SYRAH

    “…well-balanced and fresh feeling with well-judged tannins and almost juicy acidity accentuating the core of plummy fruit. There's a lovely hint of spice here and again an herbal nuance on the palate that recalls the nose. With air the fruit gains some darker aspects but the appeal here for me is the freshness in the mouth and the decidedly medium-bodied feel. A nuance of toasty marshmallow appears on the back end and some gentle streaks of oak pop on the finish but the oak is well-used here. Easy drinking bistro styled wine.”
    Snooth, January 2013

    89 POINTS

    "Fresh and lively, offering a juicy hit of raspberry and white pepper that dances through the expressive finish."
    Wine Spectator, November 2012

    TOP 100 BEST REDS, 90 POINTS

    "Large estate vineyards and the skill of winemaker Dr Phil Spillman ensure the consistency of wines from Deakin Estate in the Murray Darling, northwest Victoria. Light red-purple; fragrant red berry bouquet, the light-to-medium-bodied palate with similar fruit is enhanced by fine, persistent tannins. Drink to 2014 with braised oxtail."
    The Weekend Australian Magazine, November 2011

    DAILY PICK

    "A fresh and lively Shiraz with an expressive finish."
    @WineSpectator, December 1, 2012

    COMMENDED

    Decanter World Wine Awards, 2012

    "All of us, pretty much all of the time, are looking for a decent quaffing red for that mid-week spaghetti Bolognese, sausages and mash or stir-fry. Here is the kind of wine that satisfies that need. It's what the Murray Darling does best: an uncomplicated, light- to medium-bodied shiraz with satisfying flavors. The 2010 is my pick of the Deakin Estate shiraz of the past decade so the quality's there."
    Gourmet Traveler Wine, June/July 2012

    "A rich, vibrant red from the Murray Darling. A touch of spicy pepper and oak rounds out a rewarding mouthfeel."
    Better Homes & Gardens, June 2012
  • 2010 Rosé

    RECOMMENDED

    "As a fan of dry rose, I encourage people to drink it all year long. Though it's a popular during warm months, think of it as white alternative during winter. This is Garnacha based so it sports spicy, hearty fullness in a refreshing pink package."
    ThirstyGirl.com, December 13, 2011

    TOP 10 HOLIDAY WINES

    "Crisp and acidic with bright citrus flavors balanced by mineral notes. Pair it with light appetizers, crunchy salads or seafood."
    Gayot, November 15, 2011
  • 2011 Acordeón Torrontes

    THE BEST FOR $10 OR LESS

    "Limey and floral, a gentle white for roast chicken."
    Wine & Spirits, February 2014
  • 2011 Chardonnay

    EXTREME VALUE

    "Clean and gingery, for roast shellfish."
    Wine & Spirits, October 2013

    “Light and focused, with pretty apple and citrus flavors that dance deftly.”
    Wine Spectator, June 2013
  • Blanc de Blancs

    89 POINTS

    "Rich, creamy and a pleasure to sip, offering aromas of apple and lime, with a touch of white chocolate that opens to luscious flavors of Asian pear, cinnamon and spice. Drink now."
    View Review
    Wine Spectator, June 2014
  • Carta Nevada Brut

    BEST BUY

    "This smells yeasty and toasty/smokey, with mild white-fruit scents. For the most part, the palate feels clean and fresh, while papaya, white peach and melon flavors finish with sweetness."
    Wine Enthusiast, November 2013

    BEST BUY

    “Dry, crisp and nice, this has white fruit aromas that are familiar and friendly. It comes across medium bodied, dusty and yeasty, with an apple accent and a vanilla flavor. The finish is lightly toasted and slightly briny.”
    Wine Enthusiast, October 2012

    FEATURED

    "My guilty pleasure... A little cava, especially with frittatas and chorizo. I discovered it when I visited Barcelona."
    InStyle Magazine, October 2012

    BEST BUY

    "Neutral for the most part, with fresh acidity, light bubbles and basic apple and peach flavors. A little sweet and confected but perfectly good. Solid for simple sipping and mimosas."
    Wine Enthusiast, December 2011

    EXCELLENT BY THE GLASS

    "Soft, mild nose with lemon and red apple; gentle on the palate with hints of apple and peach. Aperitif or with hors d'oeuvres."
    Sante Magazine, October 2011

    BEST BUY

    "Yellow apple aromas and flavors get some pick-up from nectarine, and while it's sweet and a bit candied, that's the Carta Nevada style..."
    Wine Enthusiast, November 2009

    86 POINTS

    "Sweet and a little grassy on the nose, with lemon-lime aromas..."
    Wine Enthusiast, December 15, 2010

    WINNER

    Winner in the blind tastings of the 2011 edition of The Wine Trials by Robin Goldstein!
    The Wine Trials, 2011

    RECOMMENDED

    "Big, sturdy bubbles, green apple and mineral flavors, tart finish."
    Miami Herald, May 19, 2011
  • 2011 Sweet Red

    FEATURED

    Tapeña Sweet Red featured in Market Watch article about Spanish wines.
    Market Watch, November 2012
  • 2007 Blanc de Blancs

    8 GOLD MEDALS

    For the past 4 vintages,

    TOP 100 WINES OF 2012

    San Francisco Chronicle, December 2012

    THREE 90+ RATINGS

    For the past 4 vintages,

    2013 GOLD MEDALS

    Winemakers Challenge – Platinum

    90 POINTS

    "The vintage was a very good one for Gloria Ferrer...It's a rich sparkler, dryish and elegant, with flavors of lime, pear, dough, honey and vanilla."
    Wine Enthusiast, December 2012

    2012 GOLD MEDALS

    Long Beach Grand Cru – Double Gold
    Los Angeles Wine & Spirits Competition
    International Women’s Wine Competition – Double Gold
    Sonoma County Harvest Fair – Double Gold
  • 2012 Finca [n]

    86 POINTS

    "Ripe and spicy, with some maple cream notes to the dark berry and macerated cherry flavors. Chocolate-covered raisin accents emerge on the finish."
    Wine Spectator, June 2014
  • 2013 Garbó Rosé

    BRONZE MEDAL

    International Wine & Spirit Competition, 2014
  • Reserva Heredad

    RECOMMENDED

    “The nose of this sparkler is lovely, with tangy lemon and floral aromatics.”
    Mutineer Magazine, August 2014

    RECOMMENDED

    Mutineer Magazine recommends Segura Viudas Reserva Heredad, writing that “The nose of this sparkler is lovely, with tangy lemon and floral aromatics.”
    Mutineer Magazine, August 2014

    RECOMMENDED

    "A welcoming mélange of fruit aromas leads the fresh nose of this Cava. Honeydew Melon and green apple lead the charge, supported by a hint of white pepper spice. Grapefruit, lemon zest, and tart apple are all in abundance through the medium bodied palate. Ginger, brioche and a touch of yeast all emerge on the finish which has good length. This Cava is crisp, refreshing and nicely dry."
    Gabe's View Blog, December 2010

    92 POINTS

    "A complex and heady cava that delivers on its richness without sweetness. Its potent depth of flavor has a smoky minerality and fresh apple-skin notes. This is full and meaty enough to serve with roast chicken or albondigas de ternera (veal meatballs)."
    Wine & Spirits, June 2011

    WINE PANEL TOP PICK

    "A two-time pick, it's tasty and festive with lively, persistent bubbles. Beck called it 'a party in the mouth.' The distinctive pewter-trimmed bottle is a nice touch."
    Dallas Morning News, October 26, 2011

    90 POINTS

    “With its dusty mineral and leesy nose, the Heredad Reserva promises a lot, and it doesn’t disappoint. It’s clean, lively and richly flavored with a steely-citrus mid-palate and minerals appearing again on the finish. Simply fabulous for the price.”
    International Wine Review, June 2014

    RECOMMENDED - VERY GOOD

    "This is bright, fruity and savory...In the mouth, this sparkling wine is dry and crisp...Very Good"
    Bigger Than Your Head Blog, January 5, 2011

    88 POINTS

    "Mineral, smoked nuts, green apple, and floral notes inform the note leading to a crisp, refreshing, nicely proportioned Cava..."
    Wine Advocate, May 2011

    88 POINTS

    "This feels fresh and lifted, with minerally, stony flavors of apple and lime. A clean, pointed finish feels nice and tastes like lettuce and bitter greens."
    Wine Enthusiast, November 2013

    RECOMMENDED

    The Jupiter Wine Examiner Hot List, January 2011

    87 POINTS

    "Grassy and sweet smelling, with apple and lightly candied aromas. Nice and normal in the mouth, with sweet, ripe flavors of white fruits, powdered sugar and pear."
    Wine Enthusiast, December 2011

    RECOMMENDED

    "...the much-loved Segura Viudas Brut Reserva. While the SVBR is one bad-ass bubbly (that costs less than you paid for parking last week), you'd be remiss to overlook its exotic older brother, the Heredad Brut. When selecting a bottle of wine to present as a host[ess] gift, it's important to pay close attention to the BF. Not BF as in boyfriend; here BF refers to "bottle factor." The ornately decorative, hand-blown bottle with its decorative pewter base will surely score you cool points, but it's the fantastically rich, nutty-creamy flavor that will really make you popular."
    Denver Westward Blogs, November 2010

    RECOMMENDED

    "We found quite a few cavas that exceeded expectations...Pleasant and straight-forward with floral and citrus flavors."
    New York Times, May 10, 2010

    "Fresh, fragrant, and redolent of citrus blossoms on the nose, this differs from the typical wheaty, grain-dominated Cava normally available in this price range…bright, easy going, easy to enjoy, and just plain tasty."
    Champagne Warrior, May 2013

    CAVA WITH DISTINCTION

    "The holidays are coming up - that's reason enough to break out more sparkling. Crafted from Macabeo and Parellada, this well-aged Metodo Tradicional (Methode Champenoise) offers surprising complexity and depth - enough to win over those who perhaps find cava a little too undemanding. Gold-tinged, with ripe green citrus and apple notes accented with light toast and smoke. Distinctly heavier than the average cava, the taste still displays bright acidity, with a dry, ample mineral finish. Calls for some roasted chicken, and the pewter-accented bottle also adds a little drama."
    New York Wine Salon, November 2011

    RECOMMENDED

    Palm Beach Illustrated, February 2010

    RECOMMENDED

    Reserva Heredad is recommended by Kevin Zraly in InStyle Weddings
    InStyle, Fall 2009

    RECOMMENDED, EXCELLENT, 3 STARS

    "After four years of secondary fermentation, this limited release wine develops toasted brioche qualities that marry well with the apple and quince
    notes through the smooth, spicy finish...Top notch."
    Food & Wine Magazine, 2011

    RECOMMENDED

    As a follow up to Kevin Zraly's appearance on the CBS Early Show with ARIA, he also recommends Reserva Heredad as a "Best Gift"!
    New York Post, December 30, 2009

    89 POINTS

    "Very solid and sturdy, with aromas of apple, lemon-lime, soda cracker and mineral..."
    Wine Enthusiast, December 15, 2010

    87 POINTS

    "Dusty aromas of apple and mild yeast form the bouquet on this traditional Cava. In the mouth, it’s frothy and foamy on contact, while the flavors veer from peppery and dry to apple and citrus. This finishes nice and peppery, with proper dryness for a brut sparkler."
    Wine Enthusiast, May 2013
  • 2005 Royal Cuvée

    91 POINTS

    "A bubbly with broad shoulders and a crisp, minerally backbone. The aromas balance apple and citrus notes with accents of fresh ginger and rubber. The structure suggests that the flavors will blossom with food. Drink now through 2015."
    Wine Spectator, November 2013

    90 POINTS

    "This brut-style bubbly is comprised of 67% Pinot Noir and 33% Chardonnay and shows aspects of both varieties. It’s fairly full bodied, with raspberry, strawberry, lime, brioche, vanilla and toast flavors. Feels elegant, complex and lush in the mouth, and should develop additional bottle notes over the next six years."
    Wine Enthusiast, Advance Buying Guide, November 2013

    2013 GOLD MEDALS

    California State Fair
    Critics Challenge
    International Womens Wine Competition - Double Gold
    Riverside International Wine Competition
    Sommelier Challenge
    Sonoma County Harvest Fair
  • 2012 Valdubón Cosecha

    88 POINTS

    "Dark violet, blueberry and earthy black plummy fruit greets the nose along with streaks of licorice and medicinal spice. Tight, focused and just a bit tart on entry, this open nicely on the palate featuring soft, almost plush fruit underpinned with firm, slight rustic tannins. There’s some nice fruit here, blueberry and plum toned, but the emerging savory nuance adds attractive complexity. It’s a pretty well behaved wine showing a hint of sophistication yet retaining the rugged character of Ribera."
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    Snooth, March 2014

    GOLD MEDAL

    China Wine Awards, 2013

    SILVER MEDAL

    Bacchus, 2013
  • Carta Nevada Semi Dry

    BEST BUY, 87 POINTS

    "For a sweet bubbly priced at $9, you can’t go wrong with Carta Nevada Semi Dry. This is smooth from nose to body to finish. Aromas of pear and banana are easy, while the palate keeps its poise and feel while dealing pear, mango and banana flavors. For a sugary sparkler this more than gets the job done."
    Wine Enthusiast, May 2013

    BARGAIN BUBBLY

    "A balance of fruity yet crisp flavors makes this Spanish sparkler perfect for enjoying on its own...it's not too sweet and not too dry. Toasty - with touches of apple and peach!"
    Every Day with Rachael Ray, December 2012

    RECOMMENDED

    Carta Nevada Semi recommended in a feature article on sparkling wine at the dinner table!
    Wine Enthusiast, June 2010

    BEST BUY, 86 POINTS

    "As semi-dry Cavas go, it's hard to lodge a complaint against this one..."
    Wine Enthusiast, November 2009
  • 2008 Merlot

    4 STARS

    "A modestly priced merlot...offers good varietal character. Spice, briar and plum aromas have attractive intensity and it tastes clean and pleasantly savoury with medium weight a soft, smooth middle and fine mild tannins. Good value."
    Ralph Kyte-Powell, Epicure, The Age, September 7, 2010
  • ARIA Estate Brut

    89 POINTS

    “This is a clean and lively Brut showing white flowers on the nose. It’s sprightly on the palate with good intensity of orchard fruit, finishing on a dry chalky note.”
    International Wine Review, June 2014

    RECOMMENDED

    ARIA Estate Brut was recommended by Food & Wine Magazine's Ray Isle.
    The View, April 26, 2012

    FEATURED

    Guitarist, Jimmy Stafford, included Segura Viudas ARIA Estate Brut in his favorites under $20 and described it as "crisp with nice apple flavors."
    People, November 2011

    TOP 8 SPANISH SPARKLERS

    "Creamy, with bread dough and toasted almond notes mixing with more subtle flavors of star fruit, green melon and thyme."
    Wine Spectator, February 2013

    88 POINTS

    "Mineral, lime and crisp apple aromas give it a precise, pure nose. And that same character exists on the palate and finish, where white peach, green banana and melon flavors are full and forward. Shows good concentration and quality."
    Wine Enthusiast, December 2010

    RECOMMENDED

    "Really good Cava for a good price. It's bready, lively, citrus-infused and wonderfully refreshing. A very good buy."
    Roberto Viernes, Midweek Kauai, March 3, 2011

    BEST BUY, 88 POINTS

    "...pale yeastiness lends a subtle balance, fin ishing with a clean, fresh feel. A fine, gentle sparkler for toasts"
    Wine & Spirits, August 2009

    WEEKLY WINE PICK

    "Brilliantly sparkling, hints of pineapple and pear on nose, touch of honey and vanilla bean."
    TheWeeklyWinePick.com, February 10, 2011

    SUMMER SPARKLER

    "The result is a sparkling wine with a creamy texture and plenty of finesse, with pretty tropical fruit tones and a clean, dry finish. If you’re grilling chicken or fish, this is the wine for you."
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    Baltimore, July 2014

    RECOMMENDED

    "The ARIA is a little richer and more full bodied than basic cavas...is probably a little closer in style to champagne. But it's still cava, with the typical fresh, clean lingering finish, a minimum of fruit, and a notable absence of yeast and oak. In all, a lot of wine for not a lot of money."
    Oak Cliff Adovcate, February 9, 2011

    RECOMMENDED

    TheWeeklyWinePick.com recommends ARIA Estate Brut in their article "Champagne and Sparkling Wine for the Holidays"!
    TheWeeklyWinePick.com, December 19, 2010

    "Floral, citrus, honey, and bread dough aromas are even-tempered and fairly attractive. Citrus and tart peach start the palate with a touch of bread dough, and later melon and lime come into the picture. This is quite refreshing, well made, and brighter than your typical Cava. For the price, it certainly meets expectations and would be great to sip on the deck in the summer or on a balcony overlooking the sea."
    Champagne Warrior, May 2013

    "Creamy, with bread dough and toasted almond notes mixing with more subtle flavors of star fruit, green melon and thyme."
    Wine Spectator, April 2013

    RECOMMENDED

    PinkMemo.com recommended Segura Viudas ARIA Estate Brut in "Bubbly on a Budget"! View article
    PinkMemo.com, December 16, 2010

    RECOMMENDED

    Love from Gil Kulers for ARIA Brut! View article
    Gil Kulers, Access Atlanta, November 10, 2010

    FEATURED

    Ray Isle featured Segura Viudas ARIA Estate Brut on the Today Show with Hoda and Kathie Lee in a segment on “5 ways to get the most out of your New Year’s bubbly.” ARIA was the only wine featured in the entire segment! Watch video
    The Today Show, December 31, 2012

    “Apple and stone fruit aromas come with a mineral component and a stalky, hay note. It feels good and full, showing classic Cava flavors of stalky apple and nectarine. The finish is smooth and easygoing.”
    Wine Enthusiast, October 2012

    WINNER

    "This bottle, the upscale cousin of last year's Segura Viudas winner, is fairly subtle for an inexpensive Cava. It refuses to hog the spotlight with intense acidity or bold flavors; instead, it goes for simplicity and food friendliness-something we can definitely appreciate."
    The Wine Trials, 2011

    FEATURED

    "Slightly heavy and wheaty on the nose, but not yeasty or complex. The palate is big, chunky and ripe, with sweet mango and apple flavors."
    Wine Enthusiast, December 2011

    RECOMMENDED

    "Segura Viudas Aria is a blend of the first pressings of the traditional Cava grapes: Macabeo, Parellada and Xarel-lo. Macabeo (60%) provides a fine, honeyed aroma; Parellada (20%) lends subtle elegance; and the Xarel- lo (20%) provides the backbone of the cava and gives both body and good acidity."
    NY Wine Examiner, June 2010
  • 2003 Carneros Cuvée

    90 POINTS

    "Floral lemon and spice aromas gives way to elegantly layered Asian pear, cinnamon and yeasty blanched almond flavors. Drink now."
    Wine Spectator Insider, March 2014

    90 POINTS

    "Offers floral lemon and spice aromas that give way to elegantly layered Asian pear, cinnamon and yeasty blanched almond flavors. Drink now."
    Wine Spectator, June 2014
  • 2004 Valdubón Crianza

    RECOMMENDED

    "Lush and lovely."
    D Magazine Sidedish, October 2012
  • Excelencia Kosher Brut - NEW

    RECOMMENDED

    "Freixenet, whose black-bottled Cordon Negro is many people’s go-to party fizz, has just released this kosher cava to the US market. It’s appealingly fruity, with bright green apple notes."
    Ray Isle, Eatocracy at CNN, April 2014

    RECOMMENDED

    Executive Wine Editor of Food & Wine Magazine, Ray Isle, recommends Excelencia Kosher Brut for Passover and described it as "very Champagne-like". It is the first wine featured in this segment on the Today Show.
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    Today Show, April 2014

    KOSHER BUBBLES

    "The newly-released Excelencia Brut from Freixenet, arriving in stores just in time for Passover...is an excellent, cost-effective alternative to Champagne."
    Naples Illustrated, April 2014

    FEATURED

    "Opens with stone fruit, apple and floral aromas that expand nicely into melon and citrus flavors. Made solely from the Macabeo grape, this would make a worthy candidate for the first of the four cups at the seder."
    Washington Jewish Week, April 2014

    RECOMMENDED

    "Opens with stone fruit, apple and floral aromas that expand nicely into melon and citrus flavors. Made solely from the Macabeo grape, this would make a worthy candidate for the first of the four cups at the seder."
    Grapelines, April 2014

    FEATURED

    "Freixenet recently introduced a Kosher version, Excelencia Brut, and built winery just to make it, to avoid contamination from the non-Kosher world. Many Kosher wines have a stigma of inferiority, but to me, Excelencia is significantly more flavorful...fresh with a ripe apple flavor."
    Wine Review Online, April 2014

    RECOMMENDED

    "Sparkling wines tend to be some of the most food-friendly, celebration-worthy wines around, and this Kosher Brut from Freixenet is no exception...this bubbly brings lovely floral aromas, lively acidity, and a balanced apple-laden palate profile make this a top wine pick for Kosher wine adventurers."
    About.com, April 2014

    RECOMMENDED

    "Excelencia Kosher Brut is a bright, fruity sparkling wine with floral aromas and notes of pears and apples. An excellent choice as an aperitif, it’s also a fine accompaniment for seafood."
    Los Angeles Times, April 2014

    KOSHER BUBBLES

    "Ripe and generous in the mouth, with the lemon flavors mingling with vanilla in the mid palate; the acidity is crisp and the overall effect is refreshing, inviting you to take sip after sip.”
    Palm Beach Illustrated, April 2014

    TOP KOSHER WINE

    The New York Jewish Week describes Freixenet Excelencia Kosher Brut as a "new Kosher wine worth seeking out", named it a "Top Kosher White under $18". Out of the three Kosher cavas that Fruit of the Vine tasted, "Freixenet's Excelencia Kosher Cava Brut was the best one."
    The New York Jewish Week, March/April 2014

    FEATURED

    "Freixenet, Spain's well-known sparkling wine house, has debuted a special kosher cava to join its line of méthode champenoise sparkling wines. Excelencia Kosher Brut is Freixenet's first kosher offering available in several markets throughout the U.S., in time for year's Passover celebration. The traditional cava is a crisp, versatile sparkler that pairs well with a variety of foods."
    Beverage Dynamics, March/April 2014

    TOP 10 KOSHER WINES

    "Excelencia Kosher Brut...is the winery's newest and only kosher offering. Made entirely from the Macabeo grape, the Excelencia features green apple and pear flavors with floral notes and a crisp, refreshing mouthfeel."
    Gayot, March 2014

    RECOMMENDED

    "Macabeo grapes are selected for this cuvee of delightful complexity, boasting aromas of ripe pear and green apple with crisp acidity on the palate, balancing long and elegant fruity and floral notes."
    Joy of Kosher, March 2014

    NEW KOSHER OFFERING

    "Freixenet's first Kosher offering throughout the U.S., in time for this year's Passover celebration. The traditional cava is a crisp, versatile sparkler that pairs well with a variety of foods."
    StateWays, March/April 2014

    NEW PRODUCT LAUNCH

    "Freixenet USA launched a new kosher sparkling wine this month. Excelencia Kosher Brut is a special Cava made with Macabeo grapes. Freixenet's only kosher offering, the wine is available in eight states."
    Market Watch, March 2014

    FIRST KOSHER SPARKLING WINE

    "Freixenet Excelencia Kosher Brut is made with handpicked Macabeo grapes from Spain and features aromas of pear and green apple, as well as fruity and floral notes."
    Beverage Industry, February 2014

    NEW KOSHER OFFERING

    "Billed as a special Kosher cava made with Macabeo grapes...targeted toward the Kosher-for-Passover occasion, with roll out across New York, New Jersey, Florida, Illinois, California, Texas, Georgia, and Massachusetts."
    Shaken News Daily, January 2014
  • ARIA Estate Extra Dry

    "Flavors of melon, mango and kiwi are sweet, while the finish suggests corn cakes and tropical fruits."
    Wine Enthusiast, November 2012

    FEATURED

    "Quite smoky, accenting rich pear pastry, quince paste, marzipan and candied lemon peel notes. This is lightly creamy, with a fine bead and a subtle finish."
    Wine Spectator, December 2011

    BEST BUY, 88 POINTS

    "Floral scenes of apple blossoms fill this off~dry Cava. It's light , airy and firm, a refreshing end to a summer picnic."
    Wine & Spirits, August 2009

    BEST BUY, 88 POINTS

    "Clean and stylish, with hints of ginger ale and citrus on the nose. Good in terms of texture and flavors, with citrus and juicy nectarine working the palate. Focused and fairly long on the finish, with depth and integrity. Sweet in the extra dry style, but not candied or artificially sugared."
    Wine Enthusiast, December 2008
  • 2007 Valdubón Reserva

    FEATURED

    “Densely flavored and brick hued, this wine is a true Reserva, patiently aged for almost two years in French and American oak with an extra year slumber in the bottle.”
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    The Frugal Wine Snob, July 2014

    92 POINTS, BEST BUY - 2006 VINTAGE

    "Although it is six years old, this wine remains firm and tense, with a sense of freshness that pervades everything. The brightness of its flavors, the fineness of its texture, the intensity and juiciness of its raspberry fruit only becomes more evident with air. Delicious to drink now, it will age well over the next several years."
    Wine & Spirits, June 2013

    91 POINTS - 2006 VINTAGE

    "This traditional red is still muscular, delivering dried cherry, tobacco and brick notes, with spice and smoke accents on the lingering finish. Chewy tannins frame the maturing flavors, and there's enough acidity to keep this fresh."
    Wine Spectator, September 2012

    89 POINTS - 2006 VINTAGE

    "Aromas of cedar cigar box, subtle flower, spice and dry berry form a good bouquet. Searing acidity creates some sharpness, while the primary flavors of berry and plum are offset by red tomato and dry spice. Roasted, dry, spicy and slightly bitter on the finish."
    Wine Enthusiast, December 2012
  • 2010 Carneros Chardonnay

    88 POINTS - BEST BUY

    "A clean white scents of toasted grain and a touch of orange-zest volatility, this is warm in the finish. Chill for roast pork."
    Wine & Spirits, August 2013

    2013 GOLD MEDALS

    California State Fair – Double Gold
    Critics Challenge
    Indiana International Wine Competition
    Riverside International Wine Competition
  • 2009 Morlanda Priorat

    91 POINTS

    “Intense, heady cherry and blackberry aromas are minerally on one hand and sweet like marzipan on the other. This textbook Garnacha-Carignan blend is tight on the palate, with live-wire berry, plum, earth and mineral flavors. Only on the finish does a touch of raisiny richness rise up; drink through 2017.”
    Wine Enthusiast, July 2014

    88 POINTS

    “…reveals very ripe dark fruit aromas on the nose with hints of tar and smoke. It is soft on the attack with dark and earthy fruit flavors with a touch of minerals on the mid palate and firm tannins on the finish.”
    International Wine Review, June 2014

    93 POINTS

    "It is beautiful on the nose, delicious on the palate."
    Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online, January 2014

    SILVER MEDAL

    International Wine & Spirit Competition, 2014
  • 2009 Brut Vintage Reserva

    89 POINTS, BEST BUY

    "This is a serious Cava for the money. It’s mildly briny and dusty up front, with peach and apple notes filling out the nose. The palate is elegant and smooth enough, while apple and melon flavors are naturally spicy and ripe given the warm conditions of the ’09 vintage. The long, nectarine flavored finish will win you over."
    Wine Enthusiast, September 2014

    88 POINTS

    “Bread dough, pear and a touch of sulphur show on the nose of this easy-drinking Cava. The palate is subtly fruited, but it’s bright and clean with good acidity and a dry, crisp finish.”
    International Wine Review, June 2014

    FEATURED

    "Firm and a bit clipped in style, with a fine bead and hints of apricot, orange, smoke and almond."
    Wine Spectator, April 2014
  • ARIA Estate Pinot Noir

    88 POINTS

    “Copper rose. A rosé Brut made from 100% Pinot Noir is unusual in the Cava appellation. This one is creamy smooth with ripe red fruit and notes of earth and dried herbs. Very easy and pleasant drinking.”
    International Wine Review, June 2014

    TOP 100 VALUES OF THE YEAR

    "87 POINTS. BEST BUY. A red-fruited Cava with clean scents of raspberries, this is gentle and peppery, ready to chill for seafood paella."
    Wine & Spirits, June 2013

    87 POINTS

    "Fresh, clean nectarine and cantaloupe aromas provide an inviting entrance, which is followed by a vital palate that has mild orange and nectarine flavors which are slightly sweet and friendly. Smooth, light and not at all aggressive on the finish."
    Wine Enthusiast, February 2013

    87 POINTS

    "A red-fruited Cava with clean scents of raspberries. This is gentle and peppery, ready to chill for seafood paella."
    Wine & Spirits, August 2012

    "Cherry/berry aromas are light and nice, and come with some toast. Good in the mouth, with weight but freshness. Tastes a bit sweet and sugary, with toasty edges and a finish of cherry and chocolate."
    Wine Enthusiast, December 2011

    FEATURED

    "Red currant, dried lemon peel and watermelon notes join together on the nose here, followed by a luscious palate. Creamy, broad and rather refined, showing woodsy red fruits with are lightly toned but sweet, with raspberry and red currant nuances that lead to a very fine, bracing, slightly tannic finish. Shows excellent purity to the fruit and fine persistence aided by a hint of sweetness. Fruity and elegant."
    Snooth, December 2011

    88 POINTS

    "Eye-catching strawberry hue with a frothy-rich mousse. Ripe black cherry and cranberry aromas with an earthy pinot nair accent. Sweet cherry fruit flavors offer a spicy edge of mint. A note of chalk marks the finish."
    The Wine News, Winter 2010

    "This is light-bodied and floral, with vinous black cherry and ripe raspberry notes. Balanced, with a creamy texture..."
    Wine Spectator, June 2010

    BEST BUY

    Wine & Spirits, August 2009

    FEATURED

    "Pale and pretty, with strawberry fruit and a clean finish. The Aria Estate Brut is also recommended." View article
    Seattle Times, November 2011

    88 POINTS

    "Deep cherry red hue, moderate activity. Delicate nose of vanilla, strawberry and lemon. Creamy and foamy on entry with a solid backing of berry-laden tannins and sweet/sour fruit. Very drying close with dried fruit, spices and briary flavorings."
    The Wine News, January 2009
  • 2011 Mas de Subirà

    SILVER MEDAL, OUTSTANDING

    International Wine & Spirit Competition, 2014