Dr. Davidson builds on his existing work on Catalan terroir—and the fact that cava is not restricted to a geographic area—to argue that the symbolic charge of “cava” has become unstable. Exposure to ideological fights in the form of politically-motivated boycotts and the breaking away of a splinter group from the DO both raise the same questions: what and where is cava’s place?
Bob Davidson is Professor of Spanish & Catalan at the University of Toronto and Director of the Northrop Frye Centre at Victoria College. He is the author of Jazz Age Barcelona and The Hotel: Occupied Space and founder and co-editor of the Toronto Iberic book series at University of Toronto Press. He loves both cava and martinis.
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