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Neither any wine with bubbles is champagne nor is cava the only sparkling wine produced in Spain.

Extra Brut, Brut, Extra Seco, Semiseco

, the terminology can confuse and alienate those who just want to enjoy a drink. Elegant and festive by nature,

sparkling wines

, synonymous with luxury and relegated for years to celebratory toasts and desserts,

pair perfectly

with any meal, dinner or aperitif. And the best thing is that some of the best in the world are national and are available to

almost any pocket.

But how do you choose the right one for the holidays?

Classified

by

color

- there are white, pink and some red -,

method of preparation

and

amount of residual sugar,

it is best to choose the bottle depending on the dish it will accompany. The sweetest are the

Semidry

, which contain between 32 and 50 grams of sugar per liter, followed by the

Dry

and the

Extra Dry.

Therefore, a semi-dry will always improve a chocolate cake.

For seafood or rice

, on the other hand,

the Brut

are

fabulous

, with less than 15 grams of sugar per liter, or the

Extra Brut,

with less than six.

Recently, and after analyzing 24 brands (

8 Brut nature, 13 Brut and 3 semi-dry),

the

Organization of Consumers and Users (OCU)

has published the results of its comparison

of supermarket cavas.

The 'winners' turned out to be

Faustino Brut Reserva,

which can be found in supermarkets for a price of

7.50 euros,

and

Vía de la Plata Brut Nature,

which is around

5.95 euros.

Ondarre Brut Nature

and

Anna de Codorniu 1551 Brut

also obtained good results

.

The

Cordon Negro Brut Magnum from Freixenet

is a magnificent alternative for the first course.

This has been decreed by the jury of the international Champagne Sparkling Wine World Championship contest, awarding the gold medal to the best Spanish sparkling wine.

Light and fresh, this fruity cava from one of the most internationally recognized brands enters effortlessly.

The same awards have recognized other sparkling wines from the

DO Cava such

as

Gramona 2015 Imperial

and the

Vilarnau NV Vilarnau Rosé Delicat Brut Reserva Organic,

all for less than 20 euros a bottle.

And although the production of the DO Cava is the largest, extraordinary sparkling wines are also made in other regions.

It is the case of

Godelia Sparkling

one hundred percent godello del Bierzo, with fine bubbles, fresh and with little sugar, from

Rueda sparkling wine from Valladolid

, or from

Cueva de Villanueva de Alcardete (Toledo)

.

And for those with a sweet tooth who want to throw the house out the window or are lucky enough to win the Christmas lottery, the

Porcellànic Vi Espurnejant Brut Natural 2011

With no less than 91 points on the prestigious Parker list, it costs approximately 80 euros.

Ecological and harvested by hand, it is sweet, powerful and with a persistent taste.

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