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Sparkling wine | The Cava coup

Maria Bell
By Maria Bell Published on 2 May 2012

For many years Cava has been living in the shadow of it's fellow European rivals Champagne and Prosecco but not anymore.

Sparkling wine | The Cava coup

Sparkline wine cava © Comstock The current obsession with the phrase "have some Prosecco" has been smugly batted about for too long and frankly it's starting to get dull.

We are in desperate need of a different sort of sparkle to get our taste buds tickled.

Not as raucously expensive as champagne, nor as pretentious as Prosecco we believe Cava is the answer we are looking for.

Cavas are crisp, light, better with food and more purse-friendly too - are we starting to get your attention?

What is Cava?

In plain and simple terms Cava is Spain's national sparkling wine, just like Italy has Prosecco and France has Champange.

For us Cava used to only mean one thing, a cheap and cheerful option at any celebration but after exporing things the Spanish way we found that cava is a lot more than just a tempting toast tipple.

Typically made from the local grapes of Macabeo, Xarel-lo and Parellada Cava's through the Méthode Champenoise (traditional method) cavas are usually crisp, lightly minerally with a green apple flavour making them perfect for matching with fish, seafoods, paella, olives and fresh salads (or anything else that you fancy).

Plus the bubbles actually help with digestion and something about the touch of sparkle gives it that unescapable freshness around your palette.

As much as it could be a cliché with the Jubilee celebrations and months of al fresco dining right around the corner we are championing the cava revival!

Our Top Three Cavas:

Frexienet elyssia pinot noir 1. Freixenet Elyssia Pinot Noir

Number one in our eyes is Freixenet.

The leading producers of Spain's sparkling and a brand with an almost surreal celebrity following, Freixenet's cavas really do live up to the hype.

Their Elyssia Pinot Noir is our favourite with a fresh, fruity smooth taste it is simply divine and dangerously more-ish.

Well worth every penny.

RRP: £14.24
Available from Waitrose
Sofeminine Star Rating:

Sparkling wine | The Cava coup 2. Codorníu Selección Raventos NV

A classic wine from the Cordoniu region of Spain this is one bottle that is amazing value for money.

This is a refreshingly citrusy wine with notes of lemon zest and peaches.

Lightly golden in colour and with an elegant nose this wine is perfect for summer barbeques.

RRP: £9.99
Available from Majestic
Sofeminine Star Rating:

3. Tesco Cava Brut, Conisua

Tesco If you're one of those who are looking for the emphasis on cheap and cheerful than this bargain bin bottle is calling your name.

Obviously without the refinement of the other two cava's this bottle is surprisingly good for how little you pay.

With an oaky, burnt caramel flavour with a fruity nose and full bodied taste this is not a subtle cava.

But for £4.36 there are no complaints!

RRP: £4.36
Available from Tesco
Sofeminine Star Rating:

by Maria Bell

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