Sparkling wines made in the Penedes region in Spain. A superb wine comparable to French Champagne in nature. Cava is of Denominación de Origen (DO) status, most of which is produced in Catalonia. It may be white (blanc) or rosé (rosat). It is often used in other drinks such as white sangria. Light and bubbly, it is crisp on the palate and comes in a variety of labels, though in the US, the most common is Freixenet.
In the past, cava was referred to as Spanish champagne, which is no longer permitted under European Union law. Now it is defined by law as a Vino Espumoso de Calidad Producido en una Región Determinada (VECPRD), that is, “quality sparkling wine produced in a designated region”.