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CAVA: WHAT IS IT & HOW DOES IT COMPARE TO CHAMPAGNE?

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CAVA: WHAT IS IT & HOW DOES IT COMPARE TO CHAMPAGNE?

 

WHAT IS CAVA?

Cava is a small, protected wine making region in the North of Spain, not far from Barcelona. Cava is called Cava because all the sparkling wine made in this region is labeled the same DO (Designation of Origin) Cava. Just like Champagne it is a blend of different grape varieties that come together to make a single wine.

IS CAVA A WINE OR CHAMPAGNE?

Both Champagne & Cava are sparkling wines, but Cava is not Champagne. Champagne is a protected region in France just like Cava is to Spain. The wines have to be from that region to have that name, it's protected by law.

What is identical about Cava & Champagne is the method in which they are made, the 'traditional method'. This is when fermentation happens twice. Once when the grapes are harvested, just like normal still wine, and then again once the wine is blended and added to the bottle.

This adds the fizz as well as some of those toasty flavours. 

IS CAVA THE SAME AS PROSECCO?

No. Cava & Prosecco are completely different. Prosecco does not use the traditional method, it is carbonated in a steel tank just like your average fizzy drink. If your thinking what is better Prosecco or Cava? The it's all down to tasty, the bubble on Prosecco tend to be a bit lighter than Cava or Champagne, and the flavours more citrusy rather than those biscuity, yeasty flavours you get with Cava & Champagne.

IS CAVA DRY OR SWEET?

Here at Smashed Grapes we're often asked "Is Cava sweeter than Champagne?" "Is Cava drier than Prosecco?" - the truth is that all sparkling wines come with varying degrees of dryness and sweetness. However there are some things to look out for.

Firstly Cava, like Champagne needs a high acidity at the start in order to go through two fermentations, this means the wines at the end are usually drier and more refreshing. Prosecco does not need this, and with a lot of mass produced Prosecco out there, you may find more sugar than you hoped for covering up the lack of fruitiness.

Just like in Champagne, the words Brut & Brut Nature are a sign of little to no sugar in Cava, meaning not only are they as dry as a bone, but healthier* too!

*100% not part of a healthy diet.

WHY IS CAVA SO CHEAP?

Just like any wine there are mass produced cheap versions & there are quality versions. Look out for DO Cava on the label to be sure it's proper Cava and avoid massive brands like Fre...(you know the one!)

Ultimately though if you want all the flavour and enjoyment of a great quality champagne without breaking the bank, Cava is the perfect option. The region enjoys cheaper land cost than France as well as none of the ridiculous marketing spending required to keep those big Champagne houses at the top.

Even the best quality Cava will be cheaper than it's Champagne equivalent by a long way.

HOW DO YOU DRINK CAVA?

Cava is great for mimosas and other cocktails, who wants to mix up expensive fizz? It's great for parties and pre-dinner obviously but also Cava is a great food wine, pairing well with a huge variety of foods.

Check out our range of Cava from one of the oldest and most prestigious makers in Spain...

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