The Freixenet Group is a major exporter of the Spanish sparkling wine known as Cava. Its holdings include the inexpensive and very popular Freixenet and Segura Viudas brands, which are made through the same process used to produce real French Champagne. The following examples are blends of the red grapes trepat, which is indigenous to northeastern Spain, and garnacha (grenache).
Freixenet Cordón Rosado Gran Selección Brut Cava, Spain
Bought • World Market, 24 Brentwood Promenade Court, in May for $8.99 with promotions/free membership discounts
Description • Although this rosé Cava is labeled brut, a term that indicates a sparkling wine is dry, it tastes closer to off dry. In fact, there’s a wine-glass-shaped chart on the back of the bottle indicating the level of sweetness. It’s currently available in a limited-edition shiny striped pink bottle marketed for summer drinking. Fresh and fruity, this is a fun patio sipper that tastes of watermelon and strawberries. It’s fine to sip on its own or as a pair with light, spicy fare or fruity desserts.
Segura Viudas Brut Rosé Cava, Spain
Bought • World Market, 24 Brentwood Promenade Court, in May for $8.10 with promotions/free membership discounts
Description • This Cava comes from the historic Segura Viudas estate, which dates back to the 11th century. The estate began marketing Cava in 1969, and its sparkling wines have consistently been hailed as “best buys” by wine reviewers. This is also a fruity Cava tasting of strawberries and cherries, but it’s drier, a little bigger in body and more effervescent than the Freixenet. The lively bubbles and the wine’s crisp acidity make this Cava a great pair for foods that are rich, salty and spicy.