segura viudasAffordable and delicious, this Cava may be the best bargain available if your looking for a celebration sparkling wine that doesn’t break the bank.

The mousse disappears quickly but it has a fine, explosive bubble spout. Aromas are typical pear and green apple notes with almond hints. The palate has a bit of creaminess,  nicely dry with just a bare hint of sweetness as the wine warms in the glass, and a refreshing mineral water blanket that wraps the flashy effervescence. It shows more fruit than yeast and the chalky, lemon finish lacks punch and interest, but these are minor quibbles at this price.

A wine like this must be accompanied by smooth insouciance,  a bubbly bass line, and staccato horn bursts like Kassin’s Relax (Luaka Bop)

Technical Notes: A blend of 50% Macabeo, 35% Parellada, 15% Xarello, made via méthode champenois. Segura Viudas has been part of the massive Freixenet Cava empire since the 1980’s and makes about 20 million bottles per year. This is their entry level wine.

Score: 89

Price: $13 (purchase here)

Alc: 12.5%