The typical wine-tasting trip to Penedès includes a couple of vineyard tours and then a return to Barcelona, but the best way to sample and buy wines is at the small bars that double as shops in Vilafranca del Penedès and Sant Sadurní d’Anoia. Coupage (Era Enrajolada, 08720 Vilafranca del Penedès, 938-906-404), which opened in January 2011, is the first of these to exclusively sell Denomination of Origin Penedès cava, which is highlighted in new tasting menus each week ($3–7 per glass). This is the place to buy bottles that are not regularly exported to the U.S., like the citrusy 1+1=3 ($4/glass; $24/bottle) and the dry, bracing Bertha ($4/glass; $16 bottle).
4. Insider’s Tip
Published on Dec 8, 2011 as a web exclusive.