Cards of Wine

Cava (Spain)

Spanish Cava is produced the same way as French Champagne.

Profile

Body
Sweetness
Fruit
Acidity

Flavors

Sparkling. Dry.
Not as Sweet as Italian Prosecco.
More Fruity than French Champagne.

Food Pairing

You can drink Cava to everything (just like Champagne):

Aperitif. Caviar.
Tapas. Potato Chips (Yes).
Sushi. Smoked Salmon. Fried Fish.
Serrano or Prosciutto Ham.

Serving temperatures:
8-10°C (46-50°F)

About

Cava is an important part of the Catalan and Spanish tradition.

It is consumed at any celebration (baptisms, marriages, banquets, dinners and parties).

Cava used to be called "Spanish Champagne", but this is no longer permitted in EU, since Champagne is a protected French name.

The production method is the same as for French Champagne, but with other grapes (Macabeu, Parellada, and Xarel-lo).

Cava has a DO (Denominación de Origen) status from Catalonia, but is also produced in other Spanish regions.

Aging

Cava has 3 aging styles: