Some people think that bubbly is only for celebrations, but we think every day at Gigi is a celebration, especially when we have affordable and tasty sparkling wines on our menu!
Our Segura Viudas Cava and our Gama Prosecco are two of our best selling wines by the glass. We find, however, that customers are either Cava drinkers or Prosecco drinkers. The fact of the matter is Cava and Prosecco are so different that one really doesn’t substitute for the other. Both are delicious bubbly wines, but each is unique in its own way.
Prosecco is the white grape variety (Glera) that generally is used to make dry or extra dry sparkling wines. DOC prosecco is produced in the regions of Veneto or Friuli Venezia Guilia, and traditionally in the areas of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene. Up until the 1960’s prosecco was unbearably sweet. But with some improvement in production, prosecco has become a popular sparkling wine. Unlike Champagne or Cava, prosecco is produced using the Charmat method where the secondary fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks. It has about 11-12% alcohol content. Prosecco is the main ingredient in a Bellini since its peach and apricot characteristics are enhanced by peach nectar. On its own or with food such as the HV cheese plate, prosecco is best enjoyed chilled and in a flute. It even pairs well with a lighter dessert!
The most distinguishable difference between prosecco and cava (other than the fact that one is Italian and one is Spanish) is the way the wine is produced. Cava, like champagne, is produced using the traditional method where the 2nd fermentation occurs in the bottle. Yeast and sugar are added to the base wine for fizz and a 1-1.5% increase in alcohol. The sediment of the dry yeast gives this wine a bit of a savory flavor. Also unlike prosecco, cava is named for the type of wine not the grape. It is produced mostly from Penedes near Barcelona. The majority of cava is made with Macabea, Parellada, Xarel-lo grape varieties. Recently even some Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes have made their way into cava. With its outstanding effervescence, cava holds up to even richer dishes and actually is a refreshing accompaniment to our Tuscan Fries.
Next time you are in the mood for a celebration, stop by Gigi Trattoria for a little bubbly. We recommend sampling the Gama Prosecco next to the Segura Viudas Cava and deciding which one is your favorite. We would love to hear your feedback! And if you are in on a Wednesday, whichever bubbles you chose will be 30% off by the bottle! Now that is something to celebrate.
Learn more about Segura Viudas Cava here.
Learn more about Gama Prosecco here.