Valentine’s Day is always a special occasion to share a romantic dinner with your partner, family and friends. But special days also require extra attention and what could be better than sharing some Cava to celebrate?
Cava is the Denominación de Origen of sparkling wine from Spain. It is particularly (but not exclusively) produced in the region of Penedès (Catalonia), in the same way in which Champagne is made. The Spanish adopted the term Cava some 40 years ago when it was deemed that only sparkling wine can be called Champagne if it comes from the Champagne region in France. Much to everyone’s delight Cava is much more affordable than Champagne. The little town of Sant Sadurní d’Anoia, Spain with a relatively small population of about 12 thousand residents, is the centre of the production of this wine, which was born in the nineteenth century, and the headquarters of many of the most recognizable brands of Cava available around the world. This town lays ondelightful surroundings, full of sun, culture and vineyards and is only fifty kilometres away from Barcelona.
Cava is usually white but there are rosé varieties too. For the white Cava the most common grapes used are blends of Macabeo, Xarelló and Parellada. The second fermentation which happens in bottle transforms the yeast to carbon dioxide and generate those delicious bubbles which make sparkling wines so special.
Moreover, depending on the grams of sugar per liter, cava receives a name or other: Extra Brut, Brut, Extra Seco, Seco, Semi-Seco or Dulce. This diversity not only adapts better to any taste but to all the different dishes you are thinking of for your romantic moment.
Above all, Cava is a symbol of celebration, of intimacy, of triumph, of happiness. So please, don’t be shy, take a glass and toast with us. To love, of course, and to the birth of this new blog where you will find, week after week, what Spain can offer to you. Cheers!
- Xarel·lo: It’s one of the most valuable grapes for white wine as it is a harmonious, full bodied and balanced grape. It is the most aromatic of the three grapes used in the production of Cava.
- Macabeo: Another major white grape, it’s really a very versatile variety, and its taste can be very different, depending on the kind of aging, but it usually gives an elegance and floral hint to Cava.
- Parellada: This white grape is delicate and it provides freshness, richness, texture as well as good acidity to the blend.
Trepat: It’s a red grape used in pink Cava, that is light to medium bodied with balanced acidity. It imparts aromas of strawberry, raspberry and rose petals.
You can find these brands in Canada (in alphabetical order):
• Codorniú: BC, MT, ON, QC
• Dibon: AB
• Elvi Wines: ON
• Freixenet. BC, MT, NS, ON, QC, SK
• Gramona: QC
• Juvé i Camps: ON, QC
• Bodegas Langa: ON, BC
• Dominio de La Vega: QC
• Bodegas Matilde: ON
• Mont-Marcal. ON
• Cavas Parès Baltà: BC, QC
• Josep Maria Raventos i Blanc: QC
• Cava Recaredo-Mata Casanovas: QC
• Sadeve: QC
• Heredad Segura Viudas: BC, MT, NS, ON, QC
• Jaume Serra: AB, MT
• U Mes U Fan Tres (1+1=3): ON
• Vicente Gandía Pla: MT, QC
Picture: ICEX (Pix of Spain)
For more information regarding Cava, please visit:
- Cava Regulatory Board: http://www.crcava.es/english/consejo.htm
- British Columbia Liquor Distribution Branch (BCLDB): http://www.bcliquorstores.com
- Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO): http://www.lcbo.com
- Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC): http://www.mynslc.com/
- Société des Alcools du Québec (SAQ): http://www.saq.com