First of all, what is Cava? Is it a sparkling wine? Is it champagne? What is it? Many people get confused with the term cava and tend to misunderstand it for something else. Well, today we are about to help you all understand everything there is to know about this awesome and refreshing bubbly.
Most of you already recognize that Champagne usually is made and perfected in the region of France, using méthode traditionnelle (Traditional Method) which is allowing the ingredients to ferment naturally. It also needs to be made using specific methods in order to be named as Champagne.
Cava is also made using that same method but with different grapes. Cava is a Spanish sparkling wine that can be either white or rose. Like Champagne, it has to come from a specific area and it must be created with specific guidelines in order to legally go by the name of Cava. In Spain, most of the Cava comes from Catalonia.
Cava is probably the most “Champagne-like” sparkling wine outside of France that uses different grape varieties than the Champagne ones. It is truly Spanish, and is usually reasonable priced especially given the méthode traditionnell used to produce it. There are three main grapes used in cava which are: Macabeo, Parellada and Xarel•lo. There are also some other grapes used to make cava; to name a few: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Grenache. Each grape adds its own uniqueness and variety to the wine.
There are various different types of cava which is classified according to their sugar content which are:
• Brut Nature – up to 3 grams of sugar, not added sugar
• Extra Brut – up to 6 grams of sugar per litre
• Brut – up to 12 grams of sugar per litre
• Extra Seco (extra dry) – between 12 and 17 grams of sugar per litre
• Seco (dry) – between 17 and 32 grams of sugar per litre
• Semiseco (semi-dry) – between 32 and 50 grams of sugar per litre
• Dulce (sweet) – more than 50 grams of sugar per litre
The winery that we represent is Masachs Winery which is located in Spain. It is the finest Spanish sparkling wine is produced in the Catalan region of El Penedes, one of the world’s most-endowed natural regions for grape cultivation and winemaking. The two different types of cava we offer are: Cava Brut Nature and Cava Brut.
The two sparkling wines we represent consist of three grape varieties which are Macabeo, Xarel-lo and Parellada. It offers a great freshness and balance of fruity notes, perfect bubble integration and a rounded taste in every bottle.
Cava Brut Nature is aged at – 15 months; maximum 3 grams/liter of residual sugar.
Cava Brut is aged at 12 months; residual sugar is from 3 – 15 grams/liter.
To enjoy this bubbly to the maximum we recommend that you put the bottle of cava into the freezer and bring it out only when you are ready to drink it. The bottle needs to be chilled and served very cold (8-9°C) in order to appreciate it to the fullest. Also, make sure you serve it in a champagne flute glass so that the bubbles last longer. And oh, one more thing – chill the glasses as well so that the cava stays cold.
Now that you have all the information and tips on Cava, we hope that we have made you understand about the product even more and perhaps make you want to taste it
For more information on how you can purchase this product you can contact us here. And for those of you, who already know the product, then please sit back and enjoy a glass of bubbly!