Cava is more than Spain's answer to Champagne. Cava is ready to blow up and take over the world!
The Vital Stats
Sparkling Style: Traditional method
Made from: The Catalan native grapes Macabeu, Parellada, and Xarello. Cava Rose often adds Garnacha, Monastrell, or Cabernet Sauvignon to add color.
Fizz: Generous and refreshing
Fruit: Bright and citrusy, but older Cava wines can become nuttier, and reminiscent of toasted bread.
Dry or Sweet: Ranges from bone dry to sweet, but you are most likely to find the drier wines at your local store.
What you need to know about Cava!
Cava is made using the same traditional method used in making Champagne, only it uses different grapes hailing from Paredes in Spain. The grapes used in making Cava are Macebeo, Xarello, and Parellada, each adding its own character to the wine. All in all it makes for a wine that is a little bit fruitier than Champagne, not quite as dry, and not as acidic either. Its a livelier drink, with flavors spreading across or combining orange, lemon, apricot, and almonds.
Food pairings for Cava
The acidity, freshness, and sparkle of Cava make it a surprisingly versatile wine to pair food with. Cava stands up superbly to salads, fish, other seafood, and poultry.
Scouting tips for Cava
One of the amazing things about Cava, is that even the Gran Reserva still tops out at around $30, making it as accessible as it is delicious. Its just meant to be shared amongst friends, marking the good times and getting the party going.
Occasion Pairings for Cava
Cava is for celebrating. Cava is for marking the New Year, or for toasting a friend's birthday all the way to winning your sports rec league. Cava is for smiling, dancing, having fun and starting the night off right. You are going to love it.
Anything else you need to know about Cava?
There are three quality levels used to discern how good a Cava is:
- Cava (Standard) - Aged for at least 9 months before release, similar to a Brut champagne and never carries a vintage.
- Reserva - Aged for at least 15 months, also similar to a Brut but slightly better than the standard. Usually wont carry a vintage.
- Gran Reserva - Aged at least 30 months this is the best of the best.