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

Cupcake NV  Cava DO
91 points
$13
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas of brioche with honey, peach relish, lemon blossom, and lemon zest with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity full body and a seamless, complex, long stone fruit fritters, toffee with dried apricot, starfruit, and honey tea finish. A rich and flavorful Cava that is a pleasure to sip.
91 points $13 Best Buy
Poema NV Extra Dry Cava DO
90 points
$12
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas of ripe pear, yellow apple, and crushed white stones with a silky, lively, finely carbonated, dryish light body and a smooth, medium-length fresh apricots, white pear, and fresh lime finish with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. Perfectly refreshing and complex; the ripe stone and citrus fruit palate is lifted by a lime zest finish.
Awards: '2021 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 5 Sparkling Wine $15 and Under' Best Value Cava
90 points $12 Best Buy
Poema NV Brut Rosé Cava DO
90 points
$12
Best Buy
Salmon orange color. Aromas and flavors of passion fruit, cherry candies, and chalk with a lean, lively, bubbly, dry light body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length finish with notes of grapefruit pith, strawberry agua fresca, and dill with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. Mineral notes with whispers of red berries and citrus, this Cava is layered for pairing.
Awards: '2021 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 5 Sparkling Wine $15 and Under'
90 points $12 Best Buy
Grand Ducay NV Cava Cariñena
90 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Pale golden straw color. Elegant aromas of almond biscotti, golden apple, brioche with butter and orange marmalade, candied ginger, and rubber with a satiny, lively, finely carbonated, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, nuanced, medium-long sweet almond, tangerine, pineapple, and minerals finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A fabulously balanced Cava with rich toasty notes, singing citrusy acidity and mouthwatering minerality.
90 points $11.99 Best Buy
Campo Viejo NV  Cava DO
89 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of apricot, orange blossom, golden apples, hint of rubber balloon, and shortcake with honey with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry light body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish that exhibits touches of kumquat. A crispy Spanish sparkler that opens the palate.
89 points $12.99 Best Buy
VARA NV Silverhead Brut Cava DO
89 points
$18
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of chamomile tea, honey-ginger vinaigrette, rubber, sourdough, and flint with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, dryish light body and a hot, medium-length finish that exhibits notes of rock candy, iris, and clementine with chewy, fruit tannins. A bold, distinctive and flavorful Cava.
VARA NV Silverhead Brut Reserva Cava DO
89 points
$23
Yellow straw color. Inviting aromas and flavors of toasted nuts, poached pears, caramel, chalk, brioche, tangerine, honeydew melon, and yuzu with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long finish with overtones of apricot chutney and lime granita with well-integrated tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A lively, concentrated Cava that offers a lovely accompaniment to hors d’ouerves and more.
Poema NV Brut Cava DO
88 points
$12
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of lime soda, crushed white stones, and sea salt with a soft, lively, fizzy, dry light body and a sleek, buoyant finish with notes of nori and grapefruit pith with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. This straightforward Cava delivers on fresh acidity and bright minerality.
Awards: '2021 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 5 Sparkling Wine $15 and Under'
88 points $12 Best Buy
Cupcake NV  Spain
88 points
$13
Best Buy
Medium yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of candied lemon peel, yellow apple, baked apple, brine, sea salt, and butterscotch with a lively, fizzy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, interesting, medium-length finish that shows overtones of lemon juice, almond slices, and toasted brioche with no oak flavor. A bright and delicious Cava for everyday celebrations.
88 points $13 Best Buy
Grand Ducay NV Cava Rosado Garnacha
88 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Pale orange salmon color. Aromas of carnation, pickled strawberry, and freshly baked bread with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an interesting, medium-length almonds, orange flower water, juicy tangerine, hints of cajeta, and minerals finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A charming Rosé Cava for celebrations.
88 points $11.99 Best Buy