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.

Muga Conde De Haro Brut Cava Metodo Tradicional
D.O., Spain
Beautiful toasty, fresh baked bread on the nose. This is a blend of 90% viura and 10% malvasia grapes. Terrific notes of green apple and lime fresh on the palate. Pretty amazing for the price. Try with oysters or clams. Alcohol: 12.5%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2012‐2015  Terrific Turkey Wine  Top Rated Sparkling Wine  Price: $19.95 Score: 92/100

This wine was reviewed February 2, 2013 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 168559  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
 

Muga Conde De Haro Brut Cava Metodo Tradicional 2010
Rioja D.O., Spain
Beautifully toasty, with fresh baked bread aromas on the nose of this sparkling wine. This is a blend of 90% viura and 10% malvasia grapes for this D.O. cava. Terrific notes of green apple and lime fresh on the palate. Pretty amazing for the price. Try with oysters or clams. Cava Metodo Tradicional food pairings: turkey, shellfish, pasta, charcuterie, vegetarian casseroles. Alcohol: 12.5%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2013‐2016  Celebrated Chicken and Cream Sauce Wine  Price: $19.95 Score: 90/100

This Cava Metodo Tradicional was reviewed April 26, 2014 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 168559  Check Stock
 

Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut Cava
Spain
A toasty and refreshing sparkling wine at an incredibly great price! Delicious aromas and flavours of ripe pears and baked bread. Creamy layers of flavour and zippy finish make this bubbly perfect for a cocktail party or dinner companion. Alcohol: 12%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2013‐2015  Terrific Turkey Wine  Price: $13.95 Score: 87/100

This Cava was reviewed September 27, 2013 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 216945  Check Stock
BC: 88591  2051 in 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  Check 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