Cava is a supra-autonomous Protected Designation of Origin that we have in Spain, and which defines a drink similar to a quality sparkling wine, with a certain kinship with champagne. Of course, if you have a cava at home, you’ll want to make sure it’s kept in good condition and know that the cava is expired.
The problem is that sometimes we make mistakes in its conservation that we can end up paying too expensively and, in that case, the best thing is to directly learn how to detect what the conditions are in which the product is in order to discard it without opening it if it has been damaged.
In this way, if you have several cavas in your home and a visitor you want to give them a drinkyou can serve only the one that is unbeatable.
How to know that cava is expired
Luckily, there are several factors that can warn us that a cava is no longer drinkable. The following:
We said that when it comes to an optimal cava, the cork of the bottle will open after a few minutes at the base, so get ahead of the toast to be able to check if this has happened.
It should be noted that, depending on the tone of the cava, it will be the degree of evolution of the substance. The younger people tend towards more straw colors; while those of higher aging go towards somewhat more intense colors. You have to make sure that the tone that is observed coincides with what the bottle says or, if not, corroborate with the other tricks that we are leaving you.
Cava smells good by nature, and although its carbon content can deceive our nose, we should perfectly recognize the aroma of a good cava when we smell it. Whenever you feel something strange, a smell that you do not associate with it, then wait to serve it, because it may already be expired.
There are situations in which the previous parameters do not offer us any definitive conclusion, so we must try it, even if it is by wetting our tongues with it. It may have a slight acidity, but if it is pronounced, it happens that it is already expired.
In a perfect cava, the carbon is totally “alive”, it bubbles constantly, so if you do not notice these notes in your bottle, then it is probably not suitable for consumption.
If we are not sure, it is better to go to a specialized store.