For just $13, this Spanish sparkling wine will make you smile with every sip

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Sometimes all you need is a little fizz to lighten the mood. Well, I’ve got some inexpensive sparkling wines for you – a delicious cava from Spain that tastes like a bowl of berries in your glass. Two more whites for dinner: a Muscadet from the Loire Valley that screams seafood, and a superb expression of mountain terroir from Argentina with a surprising grape. Don’t let sticker shock deter you from this worthy luxury.

Mirame Brut Selection Cava

(2.5 stars)

Exuberant aromas of raspberry, blackberry and red currant announce themselves with the first sip of this lovable sparkler. The blend is made up of Macabeo, Xarel-lo and Parellada, three grape varieties that you may not have heard of unless you are in the habit of reading labels on your Spanish sparkling wine. It’s not steely or mineral, just fruity. And there is a smile in every sip. Alcohol content: 11.5 percent. Bottle weight: 885 grams (sparkling).

Imported by Aviva Vino, New York. Distributed locally by Lanterna, Windsor Mill, Md.

Domaine de la Foliette Clos de la Fontaine Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie 2020

(3 stars)

Loire Valley, France, $21

Aromas of crushed mussels and salty air, aromas of ripe peach and nectarine. This wine is on the more mature side of Muscadet, mouth-filling and medium-bodied, with a light tannic grip on the finish. Ideal for all types of fish dishes. Certified sustainable. ABV: 12 percent. KG: 400 grams (light).

Imported by Elite Wines, Lorton, Virginia. Distributed locally by Elite.

Familia Zuccardi Poligonos del Valle de Uco San Pablo Verdejo 2020

(4 stars)

Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina, $35

The Zuccardi family produce a wide range of wines from their Santa Julia winery near the city of Mendoza and their newer Familia Zuccardi winery further south in the high Andean foothills of the Uco Valley. Quality and value are consistently high across the range. Poligonos is a series that aims to express different terroirs of the Uco Valley. These districts – Gualtallary, Tupungato, San Pablo and Paraje Altamira, where the winery is located, represent the alluvial fans that formed when the Andes formed eons ago. The Zuccardis and others explored these lands to demonstrate Mendoza’s potential for world-class wines at high altitude. A map of the Uco Valley with these sub-regions demarcated resembles a polygon, hence the name. Most Poligonos wines are Malbec, not surprising as it is Mendoza’s main red grape variety, and you could spend a delightful (albeit pricey) evening tasting and comparing the different Poligonos Malbecs and trying to make the Uco decipher valley. There are also some fantastic Cabernet Francs and a couple of whites including this amazing Verdejo. Best known for the white wines of Rueda in Spain, Verdejo typically offers a pleasant if not profound alternative to Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Here in the San Pablo district of the Uco Valley, the third generation winemaker Sebastián Zuccardi has created a masterpiece with a firm acidity that seems to come from the stones left behind by retreating glaciers, an orchard with fruit flavors illuminated by the intense sunlight in great height is kissed. and an energy straight from the mountains. ABV: 13 percent. Body weight: 570 grams (average).

Imported from Winesellers, Chicago. Distributed locally by Winebow.

Prices are approximate. Check availability, and the websites of the wineries, importers or distributors.


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