Cava digs a deeper hole

For those who might still not be aware of it, in January of this year, some of the top Cava producers left the DO:

https://www.hudin.com/corpinnat-and-the-death-of-fine-cava/

While this would have seemed to be major, decisive black mark against Cava, it's come to light that the two mega houses of Freixenet and Codorníu will be significantly dropping the already small price they'll be paying for grapes in the upcoming harvest:

https://www.hudin.com/big-cava-flexes-its-muscle-to-pay-30-less-for-grapes/

There are still some good houses within DO Cava, but you really, really need to look hard for them at this point. As it sits, I just fully overhauled a local restaurant's menu and took out all DO Cava references in favor of Corpinnat and Clàssic Penedès (covered at length on Guildsomm here)

Not sure how others feel about Cava now, taking this into account?

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  • Miquel Hudin This is interesting news. Was there any specific event that spurred the decrease or that they're using as justification (other than excess wine from the previous vintage)? Is it directly related to the Corpinnat producers leaving the DO? Do you think that big Cava is anticipating a drop in bottle price amidst a weakening DO Cava "brand"? 30% sounds significant - Is there usually volatility in grape prices year to year and if so, what magnitude of change is typical? I read your article and I'm curious for any context you can add. Thanks!

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