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

Painous NV Brut Cava Catalonia
91 points
$19
Layers of flavor from fruit to earth dance on the tongue for a classic expression of sparkling wine from Catalonia.
Torello 2016 Special Edition Brut Reserva Corpinnat
90 points
$37
Some serious Spanish sparkles showcased in this Cava with layers of depth and complexity.
Midnight Hour NV  Cava DO
89 points
$10
Best Buy
Classic Cava with bright apple and citrus notes followed with creamy texture for added complexity.
89 points $10 Best Buy
Vilano NV Think Pink Sparkling Rosé Castilla Y Leon
88 points
$11
Best Buy
Sweet red fruit, soft bubbles, and lively acidity come together to make a nice wine as an aperitif or pairing for a cheese course.
88 points $11 Best Buy
SunPop NV Bubbly Brut Spain
88 points
$6
Best Buy
Nutty and earthy with good citrus, this is an easy house bottle of bubbles with versatility for sparkling cocktail applications.
88 points $6 Best Buy
Winemakers Selection NV Classic Series Brut Spain
86 points
$5
Best Buy
A light, fruity, and floral sipper that is lifted with crisp bubbles; a cheerful sparkling wine.
86 points $5 Best Buy