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Lamoraga Cava Guide

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You consider yourself a fan, maybe even an aficionado, of wine. Red, white, sparkling you know the best types. But have you tasted Cava?

Cava is a sparkling wine, typically from the Spanish region of Catalonia. To be labeled Cava, a wine must be produced in a particular way and in particular regions. The popular grapes used to produce this wine include macabeu, parellada, and xarel lo. You may think of Cava as the “Spanish champagne”. This is true, but it is actually not permitted under European Union law to call it champagne as it is not from the Champagne region of France. People get very serious about their wines!

This wine was first produced as early as 1851. It has since grown to become a renown drink throughout the world. The wine is protected by Spanish law to ensure quality. Cava can only be produced in eight wine regions. Although we cannot refer to Cava as the Spanish champagne, it is extremely similar to champagne. This drink is created with various levels of sweetness. Some include from the driest (extra brut) to the sweetest (dulce).

To produce this beverage, you start by harvesting the grapes and creating white wine. Next you blend the wine with licor de tirajo, a mixture of yeast and sugar. This causes fermentation in the bottle, which can last up to nine months. During this stage, bottles are turned, sometimes by hand.

Experience Cava at Lamoraga

Intrigued by this Spanish beverage? You’re in luck! At Lamoraga we carry three varieties of Cava. These include Jaume Serra “Cristalino” Brut Cava, Anna de Codorniu Cava Rosé, and Juve y Camps Familia Cava. All three are truly authentic Cavas from Spain, so be sure to try a glass on your next visit! Cava is a great drink to toast at the holidays or just to enjoy with your meal.