All that Sparkles is not Champagne
February 8, 2011
Cava from Spain is a sparkling wine made in a fresh style. The grapes used in Cava are typically Xarello, Macabeo and Parellada (instead of the Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier usually used for Method Champenoise wines), so the flavor profile of Cava is distinct from that of Champagne; the wines are zippy and fruity. As with Chamapagne, Cava labels generally will tell you the style be they Brut or secco.
Italy is one of the world’s largest sources of sparkling wines and many are quite well-known, like Prosecco. Prosecco from the Veneto Region is much like Cava in that they’re better priced than champagne, though Prosecco’s flavors are generally more orchard fruit-driven, thick apples and pears and perhaps ultimately simpler than Cava. Also like Champagne all prosecco must be produced in a designated area around Valdobbiadene and must be made of 100% Glera grape (formerly known as prosecco). So why not give these two sparklers a twirl this Valentines Day!