We are all familiar with champagne, the sparkling wine from the Champagne region in France. And over the last few years, many have become familiar with Italy's version of the bubbly, prosecco. But few have heard of, or had the pleasure of tasting, cava, Spain's sparkling wine.
Named after the cellars in which the wine is produced, cava is made in the "champagne" method. It is said to have been first produced in 1872, and now more than two hundred million bottles are made for both domestic consumption and export. You can distinguish cava by the cork, which should be marked with a four-pointed star.
Typically, cava is a much better value for the money over champagne. It is sold ready for drinking. So, consider joining me as I toast in the new year with a lovely glass of cava!
Happy New Year's!