Weddings, like all joyful events, call for bubbles. Make your festive occasions sparkle with cava, Spain’s gift to fizz lovers.
Cava is Spanish sparkling wine. Fermented in the same traditional champenoise method as Champagne, this bubbly comes from native Spanish grapes Macabeu, Parellada and Xarel-lo. The taste is lighter and zestier than Champagne, and the cost is lighter as well, with high-end cava running at a fraction of its pricier French cousin.
If you’re looking for a classy alternative to Champagne, consider these three offerings from Spanish wineries.
Juve y Camps Reserva de la Familia
A favorite of Spain’s royal family, this cava is a bright, refreshing sip. Vintners blend the free-running juice of white grapes Xarel-lo, Macabeo and Parellada, and add a touch of Chardonnay. This is the driest of cavas, with no added sugar, known as brut nature. Both aroma and flavor are lightly floral with citrus accents and a slightly yeasty undertone, similar to Champagne. Serve with pâté, seafood, paellas, ham or grilled poultry.
Canals Canals Cava Brut Classic
The house cava for all Michelin-starred restaurants in Catalonia, Spain, Canals Canals is an affordable sparkler with layers of complexity bursting from its bubbles. Food & Wine magazine lists it as one of the top five wines to hoard in case of a shortage. Ripe, green apple flavor with a dash of lemon zest dances on the palate. Pair it with ham, poultry, shrimp and other light seafood or fried dishes.
Vallformosa Origen Brut Rosado
A pleasant wine, this dry sparkling rosé is a treat for red wine lovers. The cherry red pour produces a topper of white foam with fine bubbles. Strawberry aroma leads to a delicate taste of strawberries and raspberries. The fresh and lively fruit flavor comes from Garnacha blended with 10 percent Monastrell and fermented in the traditional method. This food-friendly bubbly pairs well with just about anything.