Spotlight on Cava, A Delicious Spanish Treat

If you're like me, you enjoy drinking good sparkling wine all the time, not just for special occasions. I'm going to let you in on a little secret: bubbly wine creates special occasions, even if you're doing something as basic as cleaning your bathtub. Honestly, I will usually motivate myself to clean by promising myself that I will open up a bottle of sparkling wine. That's a great habit to have, right?

With all the excuses I can come up with to drink some bubbly, it can be draining on my finances. To not destroy my wallet, I always gravitate towards sparkling wine from Spain, also known as Cava. Cava is so delicious; it is made using the same method as champagne, but it's not from France, so that's why it isn't called champagne. So you're drinking an excellent copy of champagne, but it is much cheaper. If you're one of those people who is suspicious of a lower price for bubbles, don't be when it comes to Cava. Cheaper prosecco is something you should be suspicious of, but not Cava. You'll be so pleased. 


Here are some of my favorite brands of Cava:

 Castellroig is easily my favorite brand of Cava. I love the giant burst of bubbles that I get immediately after I sip the wine. It's a perfect entrance into Cava.

Castellroig is easily my favorite brand of Cava. I love the giant burst of bubbles that I get immediately after I sip the wine. It's a perfect entrance into Cava.

 Freixenet has a great balanced taste of orange citrus and toasted almond, and the bottle is very pretty. It's all about that marketing.

Freixenet has a great balanced taste of orange citrus and toasted almond, and the bottle is very pretty. It's all about that marketing.

 I randomly picked up this bottle at one of my local wine shops, and I'm totally going back for another. Perfectly crisp and dry, this Cava beauty tastes like green apple and citrus. I also paired this with some leftover french fries, and I have to say it tasted delicious.

I randomly picked up this bottle at one of my local wine shops, and I'm totally going back for another. Perfectly crisp and dry, this Cava beauty tastes like green apple and citrus. I also paired this with some leftover french fries, and I have to say it tasted delicious.

 What drew me to this particular Cava was the slight taste of lemon on the finish: I had never experienced that before in a sparkling wine. Very different and unexpected, and perfect for summer.

What drew me to this particular Cava was the slight taste of lemon on the finish: I had never experienced that before in a sparkling wine. Very different and unexpected, and perfect for summer.

 A recent discovery of mine, this is my favorite Cava Rosé. It's made from Pinot Noir grapes, so it tastes a bit more well-rounded and it has some lovely berry notes on the nose.

A recent discovery of mine, this is my favorite Cava Rosé. It's made from Pinot Noir grapes, so it tastes a bit more well-rounded and it has some lovely berry notes on the nose.

I love drinking Cava on its own, but I also love using it to make mimosas. It makes my orange juice taste better, but I'm paying the same price as I would for a bottle of prosecco. Win win.

Sometimes as an after-dinner drink (or just an all the time drink), I like to mix about two-thirds of Cava with one-third of Lillet. I don't think there is actually an official name for this concoction, so I came up with my own. I like to call it a 'Franco-Spanish Peace Treaty.' Hopefully that catches on.


I wanted to talk about Cava because I've noticed that not as many people seem to know about it, which is a shame because it's so scrumptious.

Hopefully I've inspired any or all of your readers to go out and taste some yummy and delectable Cava!