Here is a list of Quim Sánchez's favorite cavas and what Sánchez, owner of a popular tapas bar in Barcelona, has to say about them. Look for many of these brands here and abroad.
Gramona: ''Excellent cava. These guys are tops in the quality-to-price ratio."
Augusti Torelló: ''A cava of great quality with a very refined taste. Much of their production comes from old vines. There's a lot of work that goes into it."
Recaredo: ''All the grapes come from their property," not something every producer can boast.
Privat: ''The grapes are chardonnay and much of their aging is done in wood casks," which is not the norm. ''They're very original and their products span quite a gamut."
Can Feixes: ''Run by a pair of brothers, this place is constantly evolving. It's a small producer that plants all of their own grapes."