Thursday, 13 Dec 2018

5 bottles of bubbles, all $ 20 or less, that promise to add a holiday sparkle

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Here are five sparkling wines at affordable prices that will help you celebrate this holiday season or make any day festive all year round.


Crémant salad of Limoux Brut Carte Azur

France, $ 18

Limoux, in the south-west of the country, is reputed to be the first French region where winemaking monks have intentionally captured bubbles in their wine. While champagne commands the cachet, reputation and price of a luxury wine, Limoux bubblies often offer surprising value and quality. The Salasar overflows with flavors of ripe tropical fruits that are carried by the bubbles to all the taste buds of the mouth before slowly withdrawing, allowing you to enjoy the wine itself. Alcohol by volume: 12.5 percent.

IImported and distributed by Elite: Available in Ace Beverage District, Chinatown Liquor, Eye Street Cellars, Harry's Reserve Fine Wine & Spirits and Street Market (14th Street); on the list at Addis Paris Cafe. Available in Maryland at Capital Beer & Wine in Bethesda; Foundry Row Wine & Spirits at Owings Mills; Wine & Alcohol Friendship in Abingdon; Grand Cru and Mt. Washington Wine Co. in Baltimore; Honeygo wines and spirits at Perry Hall; Hop N Grape in North Bethesda; Old Line Fine Wine, Spirits & Bistro in Beltsville; Rollins Beer-Wine-Deli in Rockville; Snider's Super Foods at Silver Spring; on the list at Marie Louise Bistro in Baltimore. Available in Virginia at Altura Wine & Gourmet, Department of Beer & Wine, Fern Street Gourmet, Street Market and Grape + Bean (Old Town) in Alexandria; Dominion Wine and Beer at Falls Church; Kelsick's specialty market in Gloucester; on the list at Lyon Hall in Arlington.


Bohigas Cava Brut Reserva

Penedes, Spain, $ 16 for 750 ml, $ 32 for 1.5 liter

It's a charming cava with bright fruit aromas and a hint of limestone earth. It is also available in a 1.5 liter magnum (equivalent of two bottles) with a festive holiday package, so keep this in mind to add an affordable pizzeria to your holiday party. ABV: 12 percent.

Imported and distributed by M. Touton Selection: Available in the District at Rodman's (Magnum only). Available in Maryland at Bob's Sunoco in Callaway, The Breadery in Catonsville, Castle Liquors in Mount Airy, Liquors Village in Clarksville, Cork & Bottle Liquors in Laurel, Grosvenor Market in Rockville, Maryland Discount Beverage Center in Cumberland, Mel & Liquors at Jessup, Old Farm Liquors and More Mart at Frederick, Roland's at Chesapeake Beach, Silesia Liquors at Fort Washington; on the list at Harvest Thyme Tavern in Davidsonville. Available in Virginia at Balducci's in Alexandria, Bottleworks in Richmond, Chain Bridge Cellars in McLean, Crystal City Wine Shop in Arlington, Norm's Beer & Wine in Vienna, Wine Vendor in Kilmarnock, Town Duck in Warrenton, Vino Market in Midlothian; on the list at Longoven in Richmond.

Juve y Camps 40th year Reserva Cava Brut

Penedes, $ 19

Tart apples and ripe apricots come to mind as you sip this elegant cava. ABV: 12 percent.

IImported by Winebow, distributed in the district by Winebow, Maryland and Virginia by Country Vintner: available in the District at Lot 13, Central Liquors, Circle Wine & Liquor, Freedom Market, Georgetown Wine & Spirits, Imperial Wine & Spirits, Rodman's U Street Wine & Beer, yes! Organic Market (14th Street); on the list at Rosa Mexicano, Sushi Keiko. Available in Maryland at Belby Discount Beer & Wine in Rockville; Bel Pre Beer & Wine at Silver Spring; Fishpaws Marketplace in Arnold; John Brown General and Butchery at Cockeysville; Laurel Beer, wine and spirits at Laurel; Maple Lawn Wine & Spirits in Fulton; Old Town Kensington Market; Wine Source and Gunther & Co. in Baltimore. Available in Virginia at Oby Lee Winery in Arlington, Total Wine & More (McLean, Springfield), Unwined in Belleview; on the list in Barcelona in the Reston, Lyon Hall in Arlington.

Sziget i Grüner Veltliner Brut

Austria, $ 20

The attractive notes of white flowers and talc from Grüner veltliner emerge from this soft sparkler, as does a remarkable amount of sweetness. Enjoy it with something salty or spicy, like in food or conversation. ABV: 12.5%.

Imported by Winebow, distributed in the district by Winebow, Maryland and Virginia by Country Vintner. Available in the district at D'Vines, Grape Intentions, Potomac Wine & Spirits, Rodman's; on the list to Chloe, Garrison. Available in Maryland from Apple Greene Wine & Spirits in Dunkirk, Wine World Beer & Spirits in Abingdon. Available in Virginia at Balducci's in McLean; on the list at Trummer's on Main in Clifton.

Masottina Prosecco Brut

Treviso, Italy, $ 17

This prosecco goes beyond the paradigm of bubbles to add an attractive layer of red fruits and other tangy fruits. ABV: 11 percent.

Imported by Tri-Vin, distributed by DMV: Available in Cairo Wine & Liquor District, Giant (various locations), Paul's of Chevy Chase, Rodman's. Available in Maryland from Apple Greene Wine & Spirits and Dunkirk Wine & Spirits in Dunkirk; Bethesda Co-Op in the John Cabin; the bottle shop at Potomac; Georgetown Square wine and beer in Bethesda; Colonial liquors in La Plata; Don Tonio's in Chestertown; Eddie's Liquors in Baltimore; in Gaithersburg; Frederick Wine House and Spin the Bottle Wine Co. in Frederick; Highland Wine & Spirits in the highlands; Hunt Valley Wine, Liquor & Beer in Cockeysville; the Italian Annapolis market; Marlin Market in the City of Pocomoke; McHenry Beverage Shoppe in McHenry; Pine Orchard Liquors in Ellicott City; For Vino n Hops in Rockville, Takoma Park – Silver Spring Cooperative in Takoma Park, Thompson Creek Liquors in Stevensville; The downtown market in Riverdale Park; the winery in Chester. Available in Virginia at Giant (various locations) and Wegmans (various locations).

Availability information is based on the distributor's records. The wines may not be in stock in all the listed stores and may be sold in additional stores. Prices are approximate. Check to check availability, or ask your favorite wine store to order from a distributor.


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