Cava factory near Barcelona, Spain
Cava is a sparkling white wine made in the Penedès region of Catalonia in northeastern Spain. It is made by the same painstaking process as used in Champagne, but unlike some Champagnes is made only from white grapes. It is usually fruity and pleasantly acidic. Suggested food pairings include Bouillabaisse, a magnificent Fish Soup/Stew.
Cava starts at about $10 a bottle. For a base model try the FREIXENET Semi-Dry Cava Carta Nevada NV with its berry, hazelnut, orange peel, and spice flavors. In the $12-15 price range a good option is the Mont Marcal Reserva Brut Cava with hints of lemon, lime, and ginger. For about $18 try the Codorniu Anna de Codorniu Brut which tastes of lemon, honey, and peach. Unlike most Cavas, this wine is Chardonnay-based. If you are ready to pay about $25 (approximately half the price of a basic Champagne), the smoky, fruity Huguet Gran Reserva is a fine choice.