The official name for sparkling wine produced in various parts of northern Spain around Barcelona. The use of the word cavachampán, Spain's word for champagne. The word cavarosado (rosé) Cava is produced using Garnacha (grenache), Monastrell (mourvèdre) and pinot noir. Cavas are typically earthier and less acidic than French Champagnes.
From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.