Avinyó Cava is a pearl of a wine, a rare bubbly that exhibits both delicacy and finesse, as well as the artisan purity for which Catalonia is renowned. The Esteve Nadal family of Avinyonet del Penedés produces Avinyó at the family owned winery. The winery is located at CAN FONTANALS, the family's home, in the heart of the Penedés region of Catalonia, near Barcelona. The Nadal family's delicious sparkling wine, known locally as Cava, is produced in the same painstaking way as Champagne. Until quite recently, it was the only wine the family made for sale, preferring to concentrate its talents on making just one wine - the finest Cava in Spain. The patriarch, Juan Esteve, planted vines of Parellada, Xarel-lo and Macabeo 30 years ago so that he could have a fine sparkling wine for his family and friends as well as the cadre of distinguished guests who arrived to visit his wife - a celebrated ceramic artist. Today Juan Esteve's two sons and a daughter carry on the tradition of Avinyó, providing a very small quantity of exquisite bubbly for export. Avinyó is produced from primarily free run juice. In addition, the resulting wine is aged in the cellar for a minimum of 18 months. The use of a high percentage of free run juice (up to 80%) gives the wine its creamy, fresh, non-astringent character, while the extended bottle aging practiced at this winery contributes to a very long, flavorful finish. It is Avinyó's creamy center and distinctive finish that remains the signature of this estate's outstanding Cava. On the Avinyó label, there is an inscription in Catalan that aptly represents the philosophy of the Esteve Nadal family. The inscription roughly translates into the following: From the must of the flower or free run juice and with the rigor of a work well crafted. This symbolizes the family's artisan values and the commitment to the ultimate quality of its wine. There also appears on the label a tiara from the church of the local village. Indeed, the Esteve Nadal family has crafted a jewel that many in the wine trade have rightly called other worldly. The masio or farmhouse that originally housed the winery is also the workshop of Fina Via, the wife of Juan Esteve, who is a renowned Catalonian artist. Her ceramic works appear throughout the region and all of them are done according to the same traditional methods that were used in Catalonia during the seventeenth century. How much more beautiful the world would be with a little more art, a little more love and a few more wines like the Avinyó Cava, one well known wine critic has stated. And indeed, we all owe a debt of thanks to Senor and Senora Esteve Nadal for doing their part to preserve the traditions of Catalonia, in both art and wine. In the words of one distinguished member of our tasting panel: It is obvious that this family's pearls are not hidden, they shine forth in my glass. Certainly, this tiny estate is doing its part to make the world smile.