Cava, Bubble Bath, Madrid

What a nice gesture again! I always love to have a bottle of Champagne calling out my name in my hotel room right after checked in. Hey, who doesn’t?

I am now checking into this very special hotel, Casa de Madrid. It’s not exactly a hotel traditional but a boutique guest house luxurious. It situated just right in the old part of Madrid where the Habsburg dynasty built their Royal Palace, next to Opera station, on the 2nd floor of this ancient yet stylish 18th century building.

Casa de Madrid only have 7 rooms in total. Although not all air-conditioned, each enchanting rooms with worldly wise details, stunning antiques reflecting the aristocratic taste of owner Martha Medina.

Martha Medina is a very interesting, friendly and I’d say stylish world traveler. She bought the property in 2000, restored and filled it with memories of places she’s visited. I especially in love with my Greek room and more with the beautiful classy common lounge for where they serve tea and Spanish wine “on the house” in every afternoon around 3pm (Again, I can’t deny I love “freebies”!!”)

It’s a cliche to say “It’s like staying at a friend’s place” but it’s true and this friend of yours is surely a tasteful and quite a rich one.(A Night Cost Around: HKD 3000 to HKD7000)

I picked my room and there, a bottle of CAVA is ready for my arrival right next to a bathroom with jacuzzi!

Most of the time, people doesn’t give Cava as much credit as Champagne and it is surely less well-known to the public.

Cava is a Spanish sparkling wine created in 1872 by Josep Raventós when he traveled through Europe in 1860s. His visits to the Champagne region sparked an interest in the potential of a Spanish version, using the same production methods. Catalan winemakers adopted the name “Cava” after the Catalan word for “cellar”, where the wines were traditionally stored.

my greek room

Under Spanish wine laws, Cava can be produced in 6 wine regions but 95% of production takes place in the Penedès region.

In order for the wines to be called “Cava”, they must be made in the “traditional méthode champenoise” with second fermentation in the bottle and uses a selection of the grapes Macabeu, Parellada, Xarel·lo, Chardonnay, Pinot noir, and Subirat. Despite being a traditional Champagne grape, Chardonnay was not used in the production of Cava until the 1980s.  Wines made via the low-cost Charmat process may only be called ‘Spanish sparkling wine’.

Cava is produced in varying levels of dryness of the wine which are:

brut nature, brut (extra dry), sec (in Catalan) seco (dry), semisec (in Catalan) semiseco (medium) and dolsec (in Catalan) dulce (sweet).

I filled the tub with hot water, bubbled it up, popped the bottle, turned on the jacuzzi and enjoyed one of my perfect moment.  I usually do this with a flute of Champagne but Cava wasn’t at all horrible indeed!

Cava become one of my new drink while Masa de Madrid, my new bubble bath home in Madrid.

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