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.

Naveran Perles Roses Cuvée Antonia Cava 2009
Penedès, Spain
Pretty and medium-bodied with fleeting strawberry notes. Bone-dry. Awesome value, wow! Alcohol: 12.5%  Sweetness: Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2012‐2014  Best Value Sparkling Wine  Price: $19.95 Score: 89/100

This Cava was reviewed August 4, 2012 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 286435  Check Stock
SAQ: 11450816  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
 

Codorniu Clasico Brut Cava 2008
Spain
Lovely golden colour sparkles in the candle light as gorgeously ripe pears and toasty oak waft up from the glass. Clean, crisp and medium-bodied, this Spanish sparkler is perfect for casual get-togethers. Cava food pairings: grilled seafood, soft cheeses, potato chips. Alcohol: 12%  750 ml  Price: $12.40 Score: 85/100

This Cava was reviewed July 11, 2009 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 6262  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
 

Totus Tuus Reserva Bodegas Matilde Cava Método Tradicional
D.O., Penedès, Spain
A crisp, toasty blend of 40% chardonnay, 18% xarel-lo, 18% macabeo, 18% parellada and 6% pinot noir grapes. Stunningly great price. Fresh, crisp lime notes with lots of mouse and bubbles. Perfect for parties and gatherings. Alcohol: 11.5%  Sweetness: Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2013‐2015  Spectacular Spicy Wine  Best Value Sparkling Wine  Price: $15.95 Score: 88/100

This Cava Método Tradicional was reviewed August 17, 2013 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 226282  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