About Sparkling Wines from Spain

About Sparkling Wines from Spain
Spain today ranks as the third largest wine producing nation, trailing only France and Italy in the category. Vineyards are planted in numerous regions throughout the country and recently tens of thousands of acres have been planted in the La Mancha region, not far from Madrid in the middle of Spain. There are many different types of Spanish wines, ranging from the highly popular and enjoyable sparkling wines known as Cava; these well made wines are reasonably priced. Albariño, a dry, aromatic white from northwestern Spain, has become very popular in the US market, especially as a food wine with Asian or fusion cuisine. Of course, Spain is best known for its red wines. Historically the most famous and highly regarded reds have been from Rioja, but as of late reds from Ribera del Duero and Priorat have helped boost Spain's identity as a country of superior red wines. Finally, there are sherries of exceptional quality in various degrees of dryness and sweetness; these are among the world's greatest and most popular fortified wines.

Top Picks for Spain

Sparkling Wines

Segura Viudas NV Estate Bottled Brut Cava Penedes
91 points
$12
Best Buy
Clear silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of butter roasted nuts, nectarine, and grassy earth with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, long finish with accents of clementine, green apple, and limestone. A vibrant, spot-on Cava that captures the flavor, versatility and charm of the region and category.
Awards: '2019 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 5 Sparkling Wine $15 and Under' Best Value Spanish Sparkling Wine
91 points $12 Best Buy
Dellara NV Brut Cava DO
90 points
$5.99
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Baked aromas of lemon custard-filled doughnuts, apple compote, yeasty dough, rubber leaf, and peach with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, breezy cheesecake, pressed flowers, and marcona almonds finish. A very toasty and rich Cava with a new world vibe.
90 points $5.99 Best Buy
Segura Viudas NV Sparkling Rosé Penedes
90 points
$12
Best Buy
Silvery amber color. Toasty aromas and flavors of toasty baklava and berry butter with a supple, crisp, effervescent, fruity medium body and a silky, delightful, medium-long finish with nuances of watermelon, kiwi, fresh raspberries, and minerals. A lovely rose sparkler with a fine balance of fruit and toasty yeastiness.
Awards: '2019 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 5 Sparkling Wine $15 and Under'
90 points $12 Best Buy
Freixenet NV Cordon Negro Brut Cava DO
90 points
$15
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Artificial aromas and flavors of baked nectarine, praline, and green apple and pear with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish with suggestions of lemon and kiwi relish, tangerine shrub, almond cookie, and hint of rubber leaf. A very tasty and appetizing Cava that is a fine example of the category.
90 points $15 Best Buy
Gran Barón NV Brut Bio Cava DO
90 points
$14.95
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of ripe tangerine, chamomile, honey, dried peach, caramel, and straw with a silky, vibrant, finely carbonated, dryish light body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish revealing nuances of toasted almond croissant with crunchy tannins and light oak flavor. A palate-pleasing Cava.
90 points $14.95 Best Buy
Tarantas 2018 Sparkling White Valencia
85 points
$10.99
Golden straw color. Aromas of chamomile, dried peach, agave, and lemon heads candy with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, dryish light body and a warming, medium-length tea, toast with preserves, and yogurt finish with dusty tannins. A crisp and food-friendly sparkler.
85 points $10.99