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VARA Silverhead Brut Cava

by Debra C. Argen and Edward F. Nesta
VARA Silverhead Brut Cava
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The holidays will soon be knocking at our doors and there is nothing more festive than offering your guests a welcome glass of bubbly, in this case, cava (sparkling wine from Spain) to start the festivities off on an elegant note. We were delighted to "discover" VARA Silverhead Brut, Cava Método Tradicional, which is an elegant and delicious Cava D.O. whether served by itself or used as a complementing component in cocktails. Cheers!


Beginning a holiday dinner or a special party with a glass of bubbly for your guests always adds a festive and celebratory note to any occasion, it also makes good alcohol sense. While VARA Silverhead Brut, Cava Método Tradicional from Spain is absolutely delicious, it also only has 11.5% alcohol by volume, whereas most wines come in around the 12- 13% alcohol by volume range, and some wines tip the scales at 14.5% alcohol by volume. For those looking to enjoy lower alcohol levels, VARA Silverhead Brut Cava makes sparkling sense.

VARA Silverhead Brut Cava Information:

Vara Winery & Distillery
ALT PENEDES district of Spain
Cava D.O.
50% Xarel-lo, 25% Macabeu, 25% Parellada
11.5% alcohol by volume
Residual Sugar Level:
8 grams/liter
Serving Temperature:
$18/750 ml bottle

Tasting Notes: Vara Silverhead Brut Cava is made from a blend of three types of Spanish white grapes, Xarel-lo, Macabeu, and Parellada, which are the traditional grapes used for making cava. The cava has a beautiful light straw color and lively bubbles. On the nose, there are mineral notes. On the palate, there is nice minerality, slate, citrus, and green apple notes, with a crisp and delectable finish.

Doug Diefenthaler - VARA Winery & Distillery
Doug Diefenthaler Co-Founder
VARA Winery & Distillery

The Vara Silverhead Brut Cava is delicious on its own or to pair with food. Its crisp elegance pairs nicely with creamy cheeses like Camembert, Brie, or Époisses, as well as with oysters and seafood. Cava is also a lovely accompaniment to desserts.

With a retail price of $18/ 750 ml bottle, VARA Silverhead Brut Cava is perfect for the holidays, special parties, as a gift, and for anytime you want a little bubbly to add a bit of sparkle to your life.

Xavier Zamparripa - VARA Winery & Distillery
Xavier Zamparripa, Co-Founder
VARA Winery & Distillery

Luxury Experience created some very specials cava cocktails perfect for the holidays or anytime. We hope that they tempt your palate into trying them or inspire your own creations using VARA Silverhead Brut Cava.

Luxury Experience Cocktail Menu


Luxury Experience – The Blue Diamond

Luxury Experience – Maple Sparkler

Luxury Experience – C.A.B.


Cava cocktails are an easy and elegant way to dress up a party and add a festive touch to any occasion. We created three hand-crafted special VARA Silverhead Brut Cava cocktails to inspire your palate.
Luxury Experience - The Blue Diamond - photo by Luxury Experience

Luxury Experience – The Blue Diamond
Yield: 1 Cocktail
Glass: 4-ounce Flute

Luxury Experience – The Blue Diamond cocktail takes its name from the Blueberry ContinuRum, which gives it a gorgeous blue color. As this cocktail is a "sparkler" we named it for the most famous of the blue diamonds, the Hope Diamond.

Cocktail Ingredients:

VARA Silverhead Brut Cava
Lemon peel, garnish

Method: Add the ingredients in order given to a flute glass.

Luxury Experience - Maple Sparkler - photo by Luxury Experience

Luxury Experience – Maple Sparkler
Yield: 1 Cocktail
Glass: Flute

Luxury Experience – Maple Sparkler begins with VARA Silverhead Brut Cava, adds Litchfield Distillery Maple Bourbon, and a maple sugar candy sprinkled with 3 dashes of Fee Brothers Whiskey Barrel-Aged Bitters placed in the bottom of a flute glass. Break out your best party outfit or your favorite LBD (Little Black Dress) to enjoy this cocktail.

Cocktail Ingredients:



VARA Silverhead Brut Cava



Litchfield Distillery Maple Bourbon


Maple Sugar Candy



Fee Brothers Whiskey Barrel-Aged Bitters

Method for the Cocktail: Add the ingredients in order given to a flute glass. Enjoy!

Luxury Experience - C.A.B. - photo by Luxury Experience

Luxury Experience – C.A.B
Yield: 1 Cocktail
Glass: Vintage Hollow-Stem Champagne Coupe

Luxury Experience – C.A.B. takes its playful name from its ingredients (C)ava and (A)pple (B)randy.

We love the look of this cocktail served in a vintage hollow-stem champagne coupe.

Cocktail Ingredients:

VARA Silverhead Brut Cava

Method: Add the ingredients in order given to the vintage hollow-stem champagne coupe.

Whether you opt to enjoy VARA Silverhead Brut Cava by itself or use it in a cocktail, adding a bit of sparkle to your life makes every day special. Cheers, its cocktail time!

Information on VARA Winery & Distillery

Xavier Zamparripa and Doug Diefenthaler founded Vara Winery & Distillery in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

"Vara is an international family of Spanish and American wines and spirits celebrating the origin of the American wine experience thanks to the historical connection of Spain and New Mexico. The history of wine in New Mexico is over 390 years old and is as rich and complicated as its colorful landscapes. The flavor of this ancient history plays out in the wines produced here from robust reds to crisp whites. Wine lovers will find Vara wines an enchanting experience.

In 1629, 140 years before the first Missions of California were established and planted, a Franciscan friar named García de Zúñiga and a Capuchín monk named Antonio de Arteaga planted the first European wine grapes in what is now the U.S. at a pueblo in the Rio Grande Valley of the Province of New Mexico.

Viticulture took hold in the valley, and by the year 1880 the New Mexico territory was the fifth largest wine producer in America. The cuttings brought to the new world by missionaries from Spain were of a Vitis Vinifera grape variety known as Listán Prieto, or the present-day Mission grape. This variety has been continuously grown and is still harvested in New Mexico today.

We produce wines from Spanish grape varietals grown in Spain and various American vineyards including right here in New Mexico. Under the direction of our winemaking team, Bob and Louisa Lindquist, we acquire fruit from the highest quality growers of Spanish grape varieties in the U.S. The harvested fruit is brought to our New Mexico facility where the wines are made and aged in individual lots until Bob and Louisa assemble the final cuvees.

Vara co-founders Doug Diefenthaler and Xavier Zamarripa regularly travel to Spain and are committed to growing or locating the best fruit for our Spanish wines and cava. We are very fortunate to have agreements for grape production and wine making with the best grape growers and producers in Spain."

For information on Vara Winery & Distillery and purchasing their outstanding wines, please visit their website: www.Varawines.com

VARA Winery & Distillery - Albuquerque, NM

Vara Winery & Distillery315 Alameda Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87113
Telephone: +1-505-898-6280
Email: info@Varawines.com
Website: www.VaraWines.com
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