Our November Sip Society box is all about Cava! Cava is a sparkling wine produced in Catalonia, Spain just west of Barcelona. Most cava is made with three local white grape varieties are used: Macabeo, Xarel-lo, and Parellada. Once you've sipped on these November box faves, you'll be able to add a few new go-to wines to your list. (trust us, these won't disappoint!)
Where is Cava Made?
95% of total Cava production is produced in the Penedès region of Spain. Cava holds “Denominación de Origen” (DO) status in Spain, meaning it must be produced following specific guidelines (and within a specific geographic border) to use the name “Cava” on the label.
Fun fact: Originally Cava was known as “Spanish Champagne”, but in 1970 winemakers adopted the term “Cava” (which means “cave” or “cellar” in Spanish) to differentiate themselves from French Champagne.
How is Cava Made?
Cava is made using the “Traditional Method” (also known as the “Méthode Champenoise” or “Méthode Classique”). This is exactly same way that Champagne is made in France but with different grapes!
What Does Cava Taste Like?
Cava is a light to medium bodied, typically dry, sparkling wine – with zesty citrus flavors, a distinct minerality and racy acidity. Dominant flavors you'll find in a Cava typically include lemon/lime, quince, almond, and tart apple.
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