Celebration Cava

As we get closer to Labor Day and the kids beginning a new school year, sparkling wine seems to be an ideal menu item. Cava is a great wine to buy and share with others during these celebratory times.

Cava is a sparkling wine made in Catalonia, Spain from macabeu, parellada, and xarel-lo grapes. The rose Cava gets its color from small quantities of Cabernet Sauvignon, Garnacha, or Monastrell. Cava may only be made using the traditional or champenoise method; otherwise it is labelled as just “sparkling wine.” This means that Cava is produced using the same method as Champagne.

Cava is a great wine to share because it has the clean, refreshing palate we all look for in a sparkling wine and, traditionally, a very reasonable price tag. I suggest exploring the Raventos winery. The roots of Cava trace back to Josep Raventos in the 1860s, when he was inspired by Champagne. The 2012 Raventos Blanc L’Hereu, at only $22.99, is a tasty cava with apple, lemon, and nut flavors with a bright and creamy finish. The 2012 Raventos Blanc de Nit is a Rose made with a splash of Monastrell that is fresh, mineral, citric, and elegant. The rose is $24.99. I think everyone should be finding more reasons to celebrate!