Cava (pronounced Kaa-vuh) is a Spanish sparkling wine which comes in white or rose varieties. The name originates from the aging and maturation of the wine within caves in the early days of Cava production. The majority of Cava is produced in the Penedès area of Catalonian Spain.
Traditionally made from Macabeo, Parellada and Xarello grapes, the rose variants may also include Trepat, Garnacha or Monastrell grapes. The zesty Cava has distinct citrus notes with good acidity and minerality. Aged Cava develops more almond, baked apple, and toasty aromas over time. Pair with fried foods, creamy sauces, and salads with a dash of artichoke and asparagus.