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A Sparkling Wine You Can Drink Every Day

Peñalba López, Cava, Brut Nature, Aranda de Duero, Spain

Peñalba López, Cava, Brut Nature, Aranda de Duero, Spain Photo © Finca Torremilanos

Here, wine experts reveal their favorite bottles costing less than $17. Many of the selections are lesser known but absolutely worth the search.

Who: Keith Goldston, Master Sommelier and Wine Director at RANGE in Washington, DC

What: Peñalba López, Cava, Brut Nature, Aranda de Duero, Spain

Why: “I find almost every day is better with bubbles so finding a great bottle of bubbles that is delicious and affordable makes it easier to practice what I preach. This Cava from Peñalba López is from the limestone hillsides overlooking one of Spain’s top red wine regions (Ribera del Duero). They age it for 25 months on its lees [the dead yeast cells and other byproducts of fermentation] just like the best vintage Champagnes. The result: A Cava with great cherry and cranberry flavors that roll into a long dry finish with notes of chalk. A seriously geeky Cava that is extremely drinkable especially at this price!”

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