Taste 5: Cava and Prosecco

In the world of Champagne alternatives, there’s American sparkling wines, made often in a methode Champenoise style; there’s Cava, the class of Spanish sparklers also made in a traditional method; and there’s Prosecco, one of the hottest segments in the marketplace right now, and Italy’s gift to the bubbly world.

Cavas and Proseccos are often much cheaper than their French and American sparkling counterparts, meant to be quaffed and not overly pondered, but we found in our Taste 5 some higher-end offerings as well.

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Maybe we just have expensive tastes, but our winner ended up being the Segura Viudas Cava Brut Reserva Heredad, made from the first pressings of the producer’s higher-quality base wines. It’s then aged on lees for over two years. It ranges in price at around $25, which is an amazing price for the quality and intrigue of this fine Cava. We just loved its mix of honey goodness on the palate and floral prettiness.

Our runner-up, funny enough, is another Cava and another Segura Viudas: the Segura Viudus Brut, a fresher, fruitier option that was equally delicious if not quite as showy. The fact that it can be found for around $10 makes it a screaming deal and a wine well worth stocking for your next party.

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