Cava or Champagne? New Test May Be Used to Detect Wine Fraud

Lynn Alley
Issue: October 15, 2004

With experience, you can tell the difference between Champagne and cava in a blind tasting. Now it's possible to distinguish between the two types of bubbly without taking a sip. Researchers at the University of Seville in Spain reported in New Scientist that they can identify wines from the two regions with 100 percent accuracy by analyzing the levels of 16 trace metals in the wines.

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