What is the Difference Between Prosecco and Cava
Prosecco is made in Northern Italy from a white grape called Glera. It is made in two different sparkling wine styles: Frizzante, a semi sparkling style, and Spumante, which is fully sparkling.
Frizzante is particularly popular in Ireland due to our tax on alcohol. Irish drinkers pay €3.19 on tax per standard bottle of wine and €6.37 on every bottle of sparkling wine. Luckily for us, Frizzante falls into the category of a standard bottle of wine! This is what makes them more affordable which means supermarkets and wine shops put more emphasis on stocking them. You can tell a Prosecco is Frizzante by the closure, normally screwcap or a string.
Spumante Prosecco falls into the same tax bracket as Champagne and Cava and is subject to double tax. It’s been so long since I had a Spumante Prosecco I couldn’t tell you what they taste like! I normally either go cheap and cheerful Prosecco or if it’s a nicer occasion I’ll actually go for a Cava. Cava and Champagne share a lot of similarities. Although hailing from different countries, both are a blend of grapes and both go through the same process whereby the bubbles are produced through a fermentation in the bottle.
Cava is typically made from indigenous white grapes and is dry, nuanced and intense. I love them, and as much as I’d like to drink Bollinger every day, a sparkling wine from Spain is an excellent alternative.
Our suggestions this week are good fizzy wines to look out for now that we are in the run up to silly season. Prosecco is fun for a night in with the girls, but for breakfast on Christmas Day, why not opt for a Cava.
Amaltea d Loxarel Brut Nature, Spain €27.00
A very classy Cava indeed! Delicate, fine bubbles with crisp acidity and lively fruit, this electric little number is worth the pop. The cheeky label and packaging make it an easy choice
Available : www.thenudewineco.ie
This article orginally appeared in Evoke.ie