Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Poema Cava, Penedès, Spain
Cava is Spain’s answer to France’s Champagne. In fact more than a decade ago, Cava exceeded Champagne in sales.
Cava is produced in the same traditional method as Champagne. Wine sippers like me find the pricing of Cava to be much more reasonable than Champagne – and the flavor quality is high indeed.
For our Fourth of July party, we greeted our guests with chilled flutes of Poema Cava. The grapes for Poema are grown on the limestone hills surrounding Barcelona. It is this Penedès region that supplies about 90% of Spanish Cava. The vines are all at least 20 years old.
The wine is crafted from 40% Macabeo, 40% Xarel-lo, 20% Parellada grapes. It has a crisp minerality with citrus notes. It is best served in flutes so your guests can enjoy the showy stream of bubbles.
I have had Poema often enough to recommend it as a “go to” Cava. At $12.99 it drinks like a much more expensive bottle. It adds a touch of fun and elegance to parties to accompany light dishes or as an aperitif.
With the hot days and nights ahead, Poema is an excellent option for effervescent refreshment.
Full Disclosure: We received this wine as a marketing sample.