About Cava

About Cava
Cava is a term that refers to Spanish sparkling wine. The word means "cave" or "cellar"; while it is used for bubblies across the country, most examples come from Catalonia in the Penedes region in northeast Spain.

Cava is produced according to the classic method used in Champagne, although aging requirements are much shorter. While a few producers use Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, the most common varieties in Cava are Macabeo, Paralleda (white) and Monastrell (red). Cava can be made as a white or rosé; the latter category is produced with the addition of red wine.

Most examples of Cava are value-oriented, costing between $12 and $15 on US retail shelves. Several large producers have made greet strides in this market and their entry level wines are meant for immediate consumption, while their special cuvées can age for three years or longer. Use Cava for an aperitif or for a moderately priced sparkling wine to accompany lighter seafood or poultry.

Top Picks for Cava

Vallformosa  Collecció Brut Rosé Pinot Noir
95 points
$22
Dusty silvery amber color. Fruity, attractive aromas and flavors of cranberry relish, herbal honey, and lilacs with a satiny, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a complex, medium-long finish that shows shades of spiced pomegranate and coconut, blood orange and kiwi, and hint of herbal cherry lozenge with no oak flavor. A rich and intricate rosé Cava with enticing layers of fruit, spice, and herbs.
Bonaval NV Brut Rosado Cava DO
93 points
$10
Best Buy
Bright pink coral color. Aromas and flavors of white chocolate graham crackers, strawberries yogurt, plantain skin, and hint of rubber leaf with a supple, tangy, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a compelling, medium-length finish evoking overtones of pomegranate white raspberry relish, blood orange with cornichon, nut brittle, and wet limestone with a suggestion of oak flavor. A rich flavorful cava with mouthwatering acidity.
93 points $10 Best Buy
Vallformosa  Collecció Brut Cava DO
93 points
$20
Best Buy
Brilliant yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of candle wax, starfruit, and white mulberry jam with a lively, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, complex, long finish that presents accents of melon, yellow apple, caramelized green pear, and coconut water. A sophisticated and nuanced Cava that is also simply delicious.
93 points $20 Best Buy
Princesa NV Brut Nature Cava DO
92 points
$16.99
Best Buy
Gold color. Floral, inviting aromas of candied meyer lemon, yuzu marmalade, candied pineapple, sweet basil, and salted parker roll with a velvety, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-long creme brulee, sunflower, and pastry crust finish with light oak flavor. A richly structured sparkler that will stand the test of time.
92 points $16.99 Best Buy
Segura Viudas NV Estate Bottled Brut Cava Penedès DO
91 points
$12
Best Buy
Clear silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of butter roasted nuts, nectarine, and grassy earth with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, long finish with accents of clementine, green apple, and limestone. A vibrant, spot-on Cava that captures the flavor, versatility and charm of the region and category.
Awards: '2019 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 5 Sparkling Wine $15 and Under' Best Value Spanish Sparkling Wine
91 points $12 Best Buy
Segura Viudas NV Estate Bottled Brut Cava Penedes
91 points
$12
Best Buy
Clear silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of butter roasted nuts, nectarine, and grassy earth with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, long finish with accents of clementine, green apple, and limestone. A vibrant, spot-on Cava that captures the flavor, versatility and charm of the region and category.
Awards: '2019 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 5 Sparkling Wine $15 and Under' Best Value Spanish Sparkling Wine
91 points $12 Best Buy
Dellara NV Brut Cava DO
90 points
$5.99
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Baked aromas of lemon custard-filled doughnuts, apple compote, yeasty dough, rubber leaf, and peach with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, cheery cheesecake, pressed flowers, and marcona almonds finish. A clean, bright, and refreshing Cava with a bubbly personality.
90 points $5.99 Best Buy
Segura Viudas NV Sparkling Rosé Penedès DO
90 points
$12
Best Buy
Silvery amber color. Toasty aromas and flavors of toasty baklava and berry butter with a supple, crisp, effervescent, fruity medium body and a silky, delightful, medium-long finish with nuances of watermelon, kiwi, fresh raspberries, and minerals. A lovely rose sparkler with a fine balance of fruit and toasty yeastiness.
Awards: '2019 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 5 Sparkling Wine $15 and Under'
90 points $12 Best Buy
Freixenet NV Cordon Negro Brut Cava DO
90 points
$15
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Artificial aromas and flavors of baked nectarine, praline, and green apple and pear with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish with suggestions of lemon and kiwi relish, tangerine shrub, almond cookie, and hint of rubber leaf. A very tasty and appetizing Cava that is a fine example of the category.
90 points $15 Best Buy
Segura Viudas NV Sparkling Rosé Penedes
90 points
$12
Best Buy
Silvery amber color. Toasty aromas and flavors of toasty baklava and berry butter with a supple, crisp, effervescent, fruity medium body and a silky, delightful, medium-long finish with nuances of watermelon, kiwi, fresh raspberries, and minerals. A lovely rose sparkler with a fine balance of fruit and toasty yeastiness.
Awards: '2019 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 5 Sparkling Wine $15 and Under'
90 points $12 Best Buy