Cameron Diaz’s Avaline Adds Bubbles

Spain's Raventós i Blanc is making the organically grown and vegan-friendly wine brand's newest addition. Plus, Aldi's ChocoSecco makes a splash

Cameron Diaz’s Avaline Adds Bubbles
Avaline founders Cameron Diaz (left) and Katherine Power have added a Spanish sparkler to their lineup. (Justin Coit)
Dec 22, 2020

Unfiltered readers will recall that actor-author Cameron Diaz and entrepreneur-author Katherine Power made a splash this summer when they announced the launch of Avaline, a brand of organically grown wines. They promised us that more vegan-friendly, minimal additive wines were on the way, and this holiday season they’ve delivered with a sparkler made by Spain’s Raventós i Blanc.

"When my partner Katherine and I decided to offer an Avaline sparkling wine for the holiday season, after tasting many wines, we found Raventós i Blanc to be the perfect sparkling for us both,” Diaz told Unfiltered via email. “Not only was it delicious, but their biodynamic farming and winemaking practices [are] in line with [our] standards.”

Avaline founders Cameron Diaz (left) and Katherine Power enjoy their new Spanish sparkling wine.
Avaline founders Cameron Diaz (left) and Katherine Power enjoy their new Spanish sparkling wine. (Avaline)

After flying to Spain and touring the winemaking facilities, Diaz and Power were drawn to the Raventós family’s 500-year winemaking history. “It was truly inspiring to hear the story of the Raventós family’s commitment to the land they have cultivated for five centuries and the passion for winemaking that has been passed down through generations,” said Diaz. “Pepe Raventós has done an outstanding job as the current steward of the land. We think Avaline sparkling is a fantastic representation of the care and passion the Raventós estate produces."

“When we met Cameron, we connected because of our share of ecological sensibility, love for animals and a healthy lifestyle,” said Raventós. “Cameron and the Avaline team have always been super professional and involved in all the winemaking process.”

Priced as $26 a bottle, Avaline’s traditional method sparkler is a blend of Xarel·lo, Macabeo and Parellada from Penedès and is aged on its lees for 18 months before bottling.

Chocolate Pop: Aldi’s ChocoSecco

ChocoSecco bottle of sparkling wine and chocolates
Aldi’s alluring and mysterious ChocoSecco

Plenty of wines have chocolate notes. And about a decade ago, putting actual chocolate in wine became a thing. (If you don’t remember this ill-fated trend, let that serve as the answer to any and all follow-up questions.) But Millennials love nothing more than appropriating the failed fads of very recent history, so we can’t blame supermarket mammoth Aldi for re-releasing their ChocoSecco thirst trap.

A sparkling wine sourced from “European vineyards,” as an Aldi rep explained, ChocoSecco—not to be confused with actual Prosecco—is made with “100 percent natural aroma obtained from chocolate cocoa beans.” And with 100 grams per liter of residual sugar, ChocoSecco definitely qualifies as a "dessert wine." For chocolate-loving Aldi shoppers with a palate for sweet wine, the chain also offers Petit Chocolat Wine Specialty, a German red wine infused with cream and dark chocolate flavor. But only the ChocoSecco offers that fluffy head of chocolate “mousse.”


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