If you’re a frequent reader of this column, you know that I love bubbly. But as much as I adore Champagne, the French sparkling wine isn’t typically within my budget.
So, I often turn to Spanish cava to get my sparkling wine fix. Cava is a Spanish sparkling wine from Catalonia, which can be white or rosé. Only sparkling wines made in the French-style Champenoise traditional method are allowed to be labeled “cava.” The bottom line is that cava is sparkling wine made in the French style but that sells for a lot less than Champagne. A great example of excellent cava is Conquilla Brut ($12.99).
Conquilla is a blend of 50% Xarel-lo, 25% Parellada, and 25% Macabeu – all estate fruit. After a long, slow secondary fermentation at low temperatures, the wine is aged sur lie in the bottle prior to disgorgement.
The result is a velvety, delicate wine on the palate with white fruit and orange flavors along with nutty hints of almond. I challenge you to find a better bottle of bubbles for under 13 bucks.
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Originally trained as an anthropologist, Ted Scheffler is a seasoned food, wine & travel writer based in Utah. He loves cooking, skiing, and spends an inordinate amount of time tending to his ever-growing herd of guitars and amplifiers.