Best Cava Wine

Cava is the name for sparkling wine in Spain, think the Champagne of Spain, just remember to call it Cava since Champagne may only be used in refrence to the sparkling wines from the French region of Champagne. Spain has adopted similar regulations to Champagne, as Cava may only be used to name a wine if it was made using the traditional Méthode Champenoise. 

Most Cava comes from the region of Catalunya where Barcelona is located, in particular the region of Penedès, which lies North of Barcelona in the capital of Sant Sadurni d'Anoia.  

Cava can be both white or rosé, just like Champagne, but Cava uses different grapes to produce its sparkling wine. Parellada, is considered the finest of the grapes used as it produces the apple crispness so often associated with fine sparkling wine.

My reviews of these Cava sparkling wines are updated weekly. These Cava sparkling wines offer great taste at a good price. You'll find a definition of Cava wine at the bottom of this page as well as food pairings for Cava in my wine matcher. This is just a small set of my reviews, but you can get all of them when you join my wine community.

Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Cava Sparkling
D.O. Penedès, Spain
This crisp, refreshing sparkling wine is made from the local grapes Macabeo and Parellada. This bubbly almost leaps from the glass with aromas of baked bread, green apple and lees. Very dry and zesty. Great fizz for the New Year or with shellfish. Alcohol: 12%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2013‐2015  Gorgeous Gift Wine  Best Value Sparkling Wine  Price: $14.25 Score: 89/100

This Cava Sparkling was reviewed December 7, 2013 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 216960  4064 in stock
BC: 158493  3342 in stock
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Reyes D'aragon Brut Reserva Cava 2010
Tarragona, Spain
Earthy, robust and deeply flavoured. Rustic and straight up. You simply can't beat this price. Dry finish. Excellent value for your holiday get-togethers. Alcohol: 11.5%  Sweetness: Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2013‐2015  Smart Buy Wine  Best Value Sparkling Wine  Price: $14.95 Score: 88/100

This Cava was reviewed January 18, 2014 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 194803  358 in stock
 

Poema Brut Cava
Do Penedès, Traditional Method, Spain, Spain
Toasty, zesty goodness with bubbles galore! Aromas of green apples, lemon-buttered bread, and limes. Alcohol: 11.5%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Best Value Sparkling Wine  Price: $15.95 Score: 88/100

This Cava was reviewed August 29, 2009 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 121152  Check Stock
 

Cristalino Brut Nature Vintage Cava Finca El Padruell/Jaume Serra Macabeo Parellada Chardonnay 2005
Méthode Traditionnelle, Spain, Spain
Vintages Wine Panel: An amazing value, this is the perfect refreshing fizz to celebrate with this summer. This traditionally made Cava blends the Spanish varieties Macabeo and Parellada with Chardonnay. Look for aromas of pear, melon, toast and yeasty notes. A dry, medium-bodied sparkler, it thrills with fresh apple and citrus fruit flavors along with spicy notes and a long crisp finish. Very food-flexible, it can be enjoyed with nature when dining al fresco. My note: Earthy and bursting with Asian pear and peach notes. Toasty good and an incredible value. Macabeo Parellada Chardonnay food pairings: oysters, mussels, caviar, smoked salmon, seafood, salads, potato chips. Alcohol: 12%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Best Value Sparkling Wine  Price: $16.95 Score: 88/100

This Macabeo Parellada Chardonnay was reviewed May 23, 2009 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 115808  Check Stock
 

Codorníu Selección Raventós Brut Cava Método Tradicional
D.O., Spain
Toasty, earthy and robust with a dry, crisp, refreshing finish. Lots of character. Terrific value, especially at this price. Stock up for your parties now. Alcohol: 12.1%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2012‐2015  Scrumptious Seafood Wine  Best Value Sparkling Wine  Price: $15.95 Score: 89/100

This wine was reviewed April 13, 2013 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 521773  Check Stock
BC: 521773  691 in stock
SAQ: 12206671  Check Stock
 


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Cava

The Xarel-lo grape is what gives Cava its flavour although some critics feel it can be too overpowering. Then finally the bulk of most Cava is made up of the neutral grape Macabeo. Its preferred due to its late-budding season that protects it from late spring frosts. There is a small amount of Chardonnay that is used, and plantings of Pinot Noir are increasing due to the popularity of rosé.

The two most well-known Cava producers are Codorniu and Freixenet. The acidity is quite mild in Cava, which makes it a great partner for deep fried fattier appetizers like spring rolls, samosas, and mozzarella sticks. Researched by Lesley Quinn