Yesterday, we traveled two hours due west by train to Villafranca del Penedes, where met with the regulating council of Cava in order to provide you the nitty gritty on what does and does not constitute a Cava wine. However, in light of our meeting, we quickly realized that Cava is not as simple of a definition as you might imagine, nor are the responsibilities of the regulating body as obvious as you might think. Therefore, rather than provide you with a long diatribe about Cava wine, we thought you might enjoy a little test to see how much you truly understand about Cava wine. The game is called (insert deep echoey voice followed by a sinister laugh), Fact or Fiction.
How to Play
We challenge you to answer each question below with either true or false in the comment box.
Then, on Monday, December 17th, we will post the results of the contest, along with the winner. In the case of multiple winners, only one will be chosen at random.
The winner will receive a snazzy, new Catavino T-shirt!
True or False
- 1. Cava is a sparkling wine that must be aged for at least 1 year in bottle prior to being sold.
- 2. Cava uses the same method of production as Champagne.
- 3. Cava is produced a small specified region in Cataluna, first designated in 1966.
- 4. Cava can only be made from the white grape trinity: Parellada, Xarel.lo and Macabeo.
- 5. Cava producers recommend white fish, chicken, salads, fruit and nuts to pair with their Cavas, so as not to mask or diminish its elegant, crisp flavors.
- 6. The most popular Cava worldwide is a Cava Brut, containing anywhere between 0-15 grams of sugar per liter.
- 7. It is not the responsibility of the DO to promote Cava, only to regulate it.
- 8. The 4 point star located on the top of a cava cork is mandatory stamp required to differentiate cava from sparkling wine.
- 9. The largest consumer of Cava wine is the UK.
- 10. There are 270 Cava producers, of which only 18 have a production of over 1 million bottles a year.
- 11. Sparkling wine in Spain that is not Cava is called, Vino Petulancia.
- 12. Total hectares registered to DO Cava in 2006 were 25,652.
- 13. The standard number of twists needed to loosen the metal cage holding the cork to the Cava bottle is 6.