Cava as a category might be the best bargain bubbly available, with delicious offerings ranging from about $8. (Jaume Serra Cristalino and Segura Viudas are my favorites.) Examples costing closer to $20 often are more complex and, dare I say, more like champagne. This delicious example, with red-fruit flavors and notes of earth and minerals, could almost fool a champagne expert. (Brut nature signals that the wine is made without the “dosage” of added sugar at disgorgement.) ABV: 12 percent.
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.