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Where to Drink Cava in Barcelona

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Albert Escofet cut his teeth at El Bulli and Sant Pau before taking over as wine director at Monvinic. Now, he's the lead sommelier at Enoteca at the Hotel Arts (www.hotelartsbarcelona.com), a gleaming glass and metal seaside stunner. He also runs the hotel's cava concierge program. I tapped him for his top spots to sip bubbly in Barca--and his favorite Catalan cava houses.
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Carrer de la Marina, 19-21, 08005 Barcelona, Spain
Paco Perez' market-driven, seafood-centric restaurant recently underwent a white-on-white redesign--and received its second Michelin star. It also has an impressive cava list. Try the Gramona Cellar Batlle Brut Nature Gran Reserva 2001, a...
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In buzzy El Born, across from the Santa Maria del Mar church, this tucked away wine bar carries more than 400 wines and 20 by-the-glass offerings that change every 15 days. Pair a glass of Raventos i Blanc de la Finca or a bottle of Juve y Camps...
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Carrer de la Diputació, 249, 08007 Barcelona, Spain
This ultramodern space—part wine bar, part restaurant—has a daunting wine list with more than 3,000 labels, plus a rotating list of 50 that you can try by the glass before committing to a full bottle. Skip the iPad and put yourself...
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08720 Vilafranca del Penedès, Barcelona, Spain
A perfect day trip if you're in Barcelona and are looking to see more. Take the train out to Penedès and visit the vineyards in the historic region of Catalunya. This shot was taken while touring the Torres Vineyards, world-renowned for their...
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Carrer de la Indústria, 36, 08770 Sant Sadurní d'Anoia, Barcelona, Spain
Since 1881, the estate has been making some of Spain's top-rated cavas from Xarello and Macabeo grape varieties. The 2001 Cellar Batlle Gran Reserve Brut is a steal (relative to champagne) at $60.
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Plaça Joan Sala, 2, 08770 Sant Sadurní d'Anoia, Barcelona, Spain
One of the largest cava houses, Freixenet is more commercial than Gramona or Recaredo, but still produces quality cava.