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This week’s sparkling recommendations — all under $20 — include two proseccos from northern Italy and two cavas from Spain, with each pair showing subtle but distinct differences in style. Bonus: a California bubbly made by a Spanish cava producer.
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Veneto, Italy, $19
Downey Selections: Available in the District at Calvert Woodley, Cork Market, Morris Miller Wine & Liquor, Rodman’s, Whole Foods Market (all locations). Available in Virginia at Arrowine and Cheese and Crystal City Wine Shop in Arlington, Balducci’s (Alexandria, McLean), Grape + Bean and Unwined in Alexandria, Whole Foods Market (all locations except Springfield).
Veneto, Italy, $14
A hint of sugar gives this wine a voluptuous texture and a pleasing aftertaste. ABV: 11 percent.
J.W. Sieg: Available in the District at Cowgirl Creamery, De Vinos, D’Vines; on the list at Eatonville, the Hamilton, Nooshi, Tash. Available in Virginia at Tastings of Charlottesville, Teaism in Alexandria; on the list at Tavola in Charlottesville.
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Penedes, Spain, $18
J.W. Sieg: Available in the District at Cordial Fine Wine & Spirits, Modern Liquors. Available in Virginia at Crystal City Wine Shop, La Tienda in Williamsburg, the River Market in White Stone; on the list at Commonwealth and Maya in Charlottesville, the Inn at Willow Grove in Orange.
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Penedes, Spain, $16
Elite: Available in the District at Calvert Woodley, Dean & DeLuca, Georgetown Wine & Spirits, MacArthur Beverages, Paul’s of Chevy Chase, Rodman’s, S&R Liquors, U Street Wine & Beer, Whole Foods Market (all locations); on the list at Dirty Martini, Jaleo, Mio, Terasol. Available in Maryland at Boulevard Fine Wine & Spirits in Owings Mills; I.M. Wine in Fulton; Mills Fine Wine and Spirits in Annapolis; Old Line Fine Wine, Spirits & Bistro in Beltsville; Petite Cellars in Ellicott City; Quarry Wine & Spirits and Wine Source in Baltimore. On the list at the Rumor Mill in Ellicott City. Available in Virginia at Arrowine and Cheese in Arlington, Balducci’s (Alexandria, McLean), Fern Street Gourmet in Alexandria, Libbie Market in Richmond, Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville, Whole Foods Market (all locations); on the list at Guarapo in Arlington, Jaleo in Crystal City, El Manantial in Reston, Orzo and Zocalo in Charlottesville, Las Tapas in Alexandria.
Sonoma County, Calif., $19
This easy-to-find California bubbly is made by the same family that produces Freixenet, the popular, sweet cava in the distinctive black bottle. This is in the cava style, with California fruitiness and appealing depth. ABV: 12.5 percent.
Washington Wholesale in the District, Reliable Churchill in Maryland, RNDC in Virginia: Widely available.