Bright fruit and balanced acidity make it perfect for spring

Bursting with the flavors of spring; sweet cherries and luscious ripe

strawberries, Anna de Codorniu Brut Rose ($12.95) is the perfect Spanish

Cava to welcome spring. With its composition of mostly Pinto Noir (70%),

with the rest Chardonnay (30%), the flavor balance is perfect. It is the

most representative of Spanish Cava's, with its off dry flavor, creamy

texture and nice balance of fruit and acidity. Anna de Codorniu is perfect

as an aperitif or with light salads, pastas and seafood dishes. Save a bit

for dessert because its equally at home with a rich German chocolate cake

or a slice of lemon meringue pie. Planning a wedding or bridal shower? Anna

de Codorniu is the perfect "wedding wine." At just over $10 a bottle (some

retail outlets are offering that price at the moment} have plenty on hand for the delightfully warm days ahead!

Cava is the Spanish version of Champagne and it is primarily made in the

Traditional Method, in which the sparkling wine is aged in the bottle, as it

is in Champagne. Codoniu is the world's oldest and second-largest producer of bottle-fermented sparkling wine known as cava made by the traditional champagne method and it was founded in Barcelona Spain in 1551. In 1976, the CodornĂ­u cellars at Sant SadurnĂ­ d'Anoia were declared "a National Monument of Historical and Artistic Interest," by King Juan Carlos I.