Spanish Sparklers

Celebrate the everyday with affordable cava

Spain’s iconic sparkling wine, cava, offers tremendous value as an alternative to pricier French Champagne, American sparking wines or Italian prosecco, making it perfect for celebrating even those everyday achievements: Finally tackled that “everything” drawer in the kitchen? Made it through the week? Made it through the day? It’s cava time.

From the house of Codorniu—so named for the last Codorniu heiress, who lived in the 17th century—comes a number of very special yet entirely affordable sparkling wines, which deliciously honor Spain’s cava tradition.

The Anna de Codorniu Brut blends 30 percent Parellada grapes with 70 percent chardonnay to give it a balanced, bright acidity and a gentle, elegant fruitiness that makes it an ideal aperitif by itself, as well as an accompaniment to most fish and even sushi.

The same and even more can be said for the brut rosé, which blends 30 percent chardonnay with 70 percent pinot noir. With its delicate salmon color and an appreciable mousse, the rosé delivers notes of tart red fruits, ripe cherries and hints of green apple. Either bottle makes a fine host gift or just something nice to come home to.