It’s that time of the year again – cava overdose time. Normally we have timed our visit to the first week of October, the week of the cava festival Cavatast. This year, however, we decided to come early and stay in Barcelona instead. Sant Sadurni is a train-ride away and it always takes more time to visit the winemakers than we anticipate (we always end up drinking cava with them for hours). Now we are just drinking cava in Barcelona by ourselves (smirk). If you are interested in Cavatast, you can find a survival guide here. In this post I have collected a few old favorites from Barcelona – where should you go for a good glass of wine. I am of course also going to post about some new finds (but more about those on Sunday).
Bar Brutal is the place to go for nature wines. Last time we were there (2016), we had no booking and didn’t have a chance to taste any of the foods. On This trip we were smarter. We booked a table at restaurant Can Cica (which is the foody side of Bar Brutal). The food at is mid sized dishes; style modern European with a Catalonian twist. We ate some fresh melon and parma ham, cod with egg and mushroom, and a whole grilled chicken with rosemary. For wine we had some local naturewines: a methode ancestral sparkling wine, a white made 100% of Subirat Parent (a local Penedes grape variety grown in the town of Subirat) and a Malvasia de Sitges. The wines at this place are really awesome and what I like the most, they are local.
An old favorite is Monvinic, which has been selected as one of the best wine bars in the world. It is a place for those who are after something a bit more special, and are ready to pay for it. Here you can find interesting champagnes, artisan cavas and classical fine wines. All wines by the glass are also available in smaller tasting portions, which I appreciate. The ambiance is a bit fussy (think white table cloths) and I have always been hesitant to come in after a day on the town dressed in jeans and a sweaty t-shirt (although I know I could). However, service is always friendly and very knowledgeable.
La Vinya del Senor, also located in Born is a gem among touristy cava bars surrounding the church of Santa Maria del Mar (Santa Maria by the sea). It is the kind of place you just pop into for a cold glass of cava on a hot day, or in our case last year, escaping sudden rain. The bar looks like any other (tourist trap) next to the cathedral, but has an excellent selection of wines from wine merchant Vila Viniteca a few blocks away. On a warm night, it is a great place to sit on the terrace and admire the lights of the cathedral in the old part of town in Barcelona.