The question is whispered around in conversation as if the season had a scarlet letter on it: Can you believe its already the holiday season? No one wants to admit that they were once again caught off guard. While they werent looking, the calendar jumped ahead leaving them agape and staring at the month of December in a nervous jitter.
Relax! These are the times we gather for festive occasions, parties, and brunches times to make memories that last a lifetime. And adding sparkling wine to the merriment can make each event unique and unforgettable.
Sparkling wine is wine with high levels of carbon dioxide that makes it effervescent, bubbly, if you will. The carbon dioxide can be created naturally in the bottle as in the Méthode Champenoise with champagne or naturally in a large vat as in the Charmat Method with prosecco. Although you get a wonderful bottle of sparkling wine with either method, the Méthode Champenoise offers up smaller bubbles that last a bit longer. Some of the best sparkling wines made in the Méthode Champenoise come from Spain. (No brow crinkling at this statement because its true.)
Spains sparkling wines are known as Cava and made in the Méthode Champenoise or traditional method as most of the labels will denote. Originally made with three indigenous grapes — Macabeu, Parellada and Xarel-lo — today, Cava can also include international grapes such as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. One of the best examples of a Cava House is Freixenet located in Sant Sadurni dAnoia in the Penedes region of Spain. Sant Sadurni dAnoia is about 50 km or 31 miles west of Barcelona. This region is the heart of Cava country and celebrates the majesty of this sparkling wine every year with Cava week, which starts every October 12.