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.

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

Codorniu Brut Traditional Method Pinot Noir Rosé Cava
Penedès, Spain
Robust and tasty with lovely cherry and raspberry notes coming through from the pinot noir. Bone-dry, crisp and refreshing. This is a tremendous value for sparkling wine and a classic example of its type. Stock up for all your parties and celebrations now. Pinot Noir Rosé Cava food pairings: linguine, avocado and papaya salad, basil pesto, pizza, tuna, sushi. Alcohol: 12%  Sweetness: Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2012‐2015  Complete Cheese Pizza Wine  Price: $16.95 Score: 89/100

This Pinot Noir Rosé Cava was reviewed July 20, 2013 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 665372  Check Stock

Segura Viudas Vintage Brut Cava Macabeo Parellada 2004
Spain, Spain
Vintages Wine Panel: Made with the local grapes Macabeo and Parellada, this sparkling wine is loaded with aromas of baked and fresh apple, citrus, bread dough and lees. Very dry and crisp with an impressive fizz that knits the fruits and acids together. Medium-bodied with a medium-long crisp/bubbly/fruit finish. My note: A full-bodied, robust bubbly with scrumptious notes of toast, nuts, peach and green apple. Macabeo Parellada food pairings: shellfish. Alcohol: 11.5%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Best Value Sparkling Wine  Price: $18.95 Score: 90/100

This Macabeo Parellada was reviewed August 15, 2009 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 120956  Check Stock

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
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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

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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