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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Segura Viudas Cava
Spain
Yum, smells like fresh baked bread just out from the oven! Wonderfully toasty, this bubbly will warm you after a day of sledding or skiing. Love the notes of hazelnuts too. Alcohol: 12%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Gorgeous Gift Wine  Price: $14.65 Score: 87/100

This Cava was reviewed December 10, 2011 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 158493  Check Stock
 

1+1=3 Cygnus Organic Brut Nature Cava Méthode Champenoise
D.O., Cava, Penedès, Spain
Toasty and earthy not fruity. Still refreshing at an exceptional price. Buy by the caseload for holiday parties. Alcohol: 11.5%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2013‐2015  Terrific Turkey Wine  Best Value Sparkling Wine  Price: $19.95 Score: 91/100

This wine was reviewed October 12, 2013 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 352856  Check Stock
 

Segura Viudas Heredad Reserva Brut Rosé Cava 2010
D.O., Penedès, Spain
Notes of field raspberries on this dry sparkling wine. An incredible value at this price point, not to mention an elegant bottle which makes it a lovely gift. Try it with grilled chicken. Rosé Cava food pairings: fish tacos. Alcohol: 12%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2012‐2015  Scrumptious Seafood Wine  Price: $36.95 Score: 88/100

This Rosé Cava was reviewed February 2, 2013 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 314757  Check Stock
 

Segura Viudas Heredad Brut Reserva, Traditional Method Cava
D.O. Penedès, Spain
An astronomically great value compared to Champagne. Toasty and refreshing and crisp. Great aperitif or try it with shabby-chic nibbles like pretzels and potato chips. An absolutely stunning bottle that makes this a gorgeous gift wine. Why not? Cheers! Cava food pairings: seafood tapas, salty light meats, caviar, oysters, Chinese dishes , roast chicken, albóndigas de ternera (veal meatballs). Alcohol: 12%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2013‐2015  Scrumptious Seafood Wine  Price: $29.95 Score: 92/100

This Cava was reviewed November 9, 2013 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 558825  1 in stock
BC: 94912  842 in 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