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Cava: Spanish Sparkling Wine

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What is Cava?

Spain adopted the word, cava, which technically means ‘cellar’ in Catalan, to describe their sparkling wines made using the traditional method. While this style was first created outside of Spain in the 1600s, its birthplace inside of Spain came in 1872 when Jose Raventós of Codorníu first produced traditional method sparkling wine in the town of San Sadurní d’Anoia. Uniquely, the Cava denomination isn’t restricted to one geographical area but rather, it spans eight total wine regions. However, about 90% of Spain’s total production of Cava, Spanish sparkling wine happens within Catalonia, and about 75% is produced within the borders of San Sadurní d’Anoia, inside the smaller Catalan region of Penedès. In 2019, Spain registered nearly 38,000 hectares of vineyards for Cava production, compared to just under 34,000 in Champagne.

How is Cava sparkling wine made?

Cava, like many other sparkling wines of the world is made using the traditional method, or "Champagne method," or método tradicional in Spanish, in which the second fermentation (the one that makes the bubbles) takes place inside the bottle. With this method, spent yeast cells remain in contact with the wine during bottle aging, giving it a creamy mouthful, a toasted bread or brioche quality and in many cases, the capacity to age.

What are the Cava wine grapes?

The mainstay Cava grape varieties include Macabeo, Parellada, and Xarel-lo. Macabeo, also known as Viura, lends pleasant aromatics to the blend, while Parellada adds acidity and finesse. Xarel-lo is the grape that gives body, earth and greengage characteristics to Cava. Occasionally Chardonnay is used as a blending grape or sole variety in making Cava wine. Governmental inclusion approval was awarded in 1986 but still, Chardonnay makes up only a fraction of total vineyard area. For rosé, in Spanish called rosado, the local Trepat and Garnacha can be used, along with Pinot Noir (first permitted in 1998 for rosado and in 2007 for white Cavas).

Cava Tasting Profile

Since Cava is a sparkling wine produced on the Mediterranean where temperatures are warmer and there is more sunshine compared with Champagne, you can expect that Cava sparkling wine will generally have a gentler acid profile compared with its French counterpart. Furthermore, especially when the indigenous varieties are used, common Cava flavors will include citrus peel, fennel, wildflower, lemon blossom and flint or saline. Most Cava is produced in the Brut style, so dry, with a slightly rounder finish that balances brightness with brioche notes and supple fruit. Brut Nature or Zero Dosage examples are bone dry, whereas Extra-Dry Cava will be slightly sweet and a Demi-Sec Cava will have the highest sweetness level.

Cava Pairings

One of the best things about pairing Cava wine is you can drink it on its own or with just about any food! But if you want to focus on bringing out Cava's uniquely brilliant bouquet and citrus notes, rich or seafood-centric dishes are perfect food pairings for Cava. Try Cava with butter poached lobster, seafood risotto, puff pastry and caramelized onions or fried chicken.

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    Segura Viudas Cava Brut
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    • Codorniu Anna de Codorniu Cava Blanc de Blancs  Front Label
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    • Freixenet Cordon Negro Cava Brut  Front Label
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      Segura Viudas Reserva Heredad Cava Brut
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    • Poema Cava Extra Dry Front Label
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      • Dibon Cava Brut Seleccion  Front Label
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          Vins el Cep Kila Cava Brut 2019
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        • Freixenet Carta Nevada Brut  Front Label
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          • Codorniu Anna de Codorniu Cava Brut Rose Front Label
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            Masia de la Luz Cava Brut
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          • Caves Roger Goulart Organic Cava Brut Reserva 2018  Front Label
            Caves Roger Goulart Organic Cava Brut Reserva 2018
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          • Avinyo Brut Reserva Cava 2018  Front Label
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          • Dibon Cava Reserve Brut Rose Front Label
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            • Poema Cava Brut Front Label
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              • Avinyo Reserva Brut Nature Cava 2017  Front Label
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                • Paco & Lola Lola Brut Cava  Front Label
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                • Campo Viejo Cava Brut Rose Front Label
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                • Paul Cheneau Cava Brut Front Label
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