Five bargain bubblies to try


Tarrida Cava Brut retails for about $14. (Deb Lindsey/For The Washington Post)
Columnist June 12
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Dave McIntyre is a wine columnist for The Washington Post. He also blogs at dmwineline.com. View Archive

Veuve Clicquot’s Brut with the familiar orange label ($46) is available almost anywhere. Here are five bargain bubblies to cheer on summer, including one from Brazil for your World Cup parties.

— D.M.

Tarrida Cava Brut

★ ★ 1 / 2

Spain, $14

This cava offers precise bubbles and refreshing acidity, with a beautiful core of peach and apricot fruit. It’s one of the better cavas I’ve tasted in recent years. Made from organic grapes. Alcohol by volume: 11.5 percent.

Dionysus: Available in the District at De Vinos, D’Vines, Rodman’s, Wagshal’s Deli. Available in Maryland at Balducci’s and Bradley Food & Beverage in Bethesda, Mom’s Organic Market in Rockville. Available in Virginia at Balducci’s (Alexandria, McLean), Mom’s Organic Market (Alexandria, Herndon, Merrifield).

Salton Intenso Brut

★ ★

Serra Gaúcha, Brazil, $17

This sparkler is on the big and toasty side, with a slightly sweet finish. Ripe and full with apricot and apple flavors. ABV: 12.5 percent.

A&M in the District: Available at Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits. Republic National In Maryland: Available at Wells Discount Liquors in Baltimore, Total Wine & More (Laurel, Towson).

La Cappuccina Filòs Brut

★ ★

Veneto, Italy, $16

Made from garganega grapes, this is essentially a sparkling soave, and it offers the classic flavors of pear and apple with the added bonus of fizz. It should appeal to Prosecco fans. ABV: 11.5 percent.

Siema: Available in the District at Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits, Cork & Fork, Wagshal’s Deli; on the list at Sax, Righteous Cheese. Available in Maryland at Cork & Fork in Bethesda, Fenwick Beer & Wine in Silver Spring, Old Town Market in Kensington, Wine Harvest in Potomac; on the list at Brasserie Beck in Gaithersburg. Available in Virginia at Curious Grape in Arlington, Swirl & Sip in Fairfax, Swiss Bakery in Springfield, Wine Cabinet in Reston; on the list at Oby Lee Creperie Winery in Arlington.

La Jara Organic Brut Prosecco

★ ★

Veneto, Italy, $14

This wine is like a pillow, soft and fluffy, ready for you to recline in a fruit orchard to watch the clouds drift by — minus the bugs and bees. Made from organic grapes. ABV: 12 percent.

Dionysus: Available in the District at A. Litteri, Cordial Fine Wine & Spirits, Cork & Fork, De Vinos, D’Vines, Imperial Liquors, MacArthur Beverages, Rodman’s, Wagshal’s Deli, Wine Specialist; on the list at Kapnos. Available in Maryland at Balducci’s, Bradley Food & Beverage and Cork & Fork in Bethesda; Finewine.com in Gaithersburg; Mom’s Organic Market in Rockville; Snider’s Super Foods in Silver Spring. On the list at Sushiko in Chevy Chase. Available in Virginia at Balducci’s (Alexandria, McLean), Mom’s Organic Market (Alexandria, Herndon, Merrifield), Oakton Wine Shop, Unwined (Alexandria, Belleview).

Mas Fi Cava Brut Rosé

★ ★

Spain, $14

It wouldn’t be summer without a rosé. This wine shows straightforward strawberry and cherry flavors with great acidity and balance. ABV: 11.5 percent.

Country Vintner: Available in the District at Rodman’s. Available in Maryland at Franklin Liquors in Ijamsville, Georgetown Square Wine and Beer in Bethesda, Roundabout Fine Wine & Spirits in Laurel. Available in Virginia at Crystal City Wine Shop (both locations), Dominion Wine and Beer in Falls Church.

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