Ray Isle (@islewine on Twitter) is Food & Wine's executive wine editor. We trust his every cork pop and decant – and the man can sniff out a bargain to boot. Take it away, Ray.
The season of toasts is upon us, which means the season of buying truckloads of sparkling wine is here too. Not being a millionaire, I'm looking for bargains, and when it comes to bubbles right now, that means prosecco (from Italy) and cava (from Spain).
Generally speaking, prosecco is a touch fruitier, more peachy; cava is drier, with more of a citrus and green apple character. But both open with the requisite festive pop.
Fantinel Prosecco ($14)
Nino Franco Rustico ($17)
Segura Viudas ($12)
Casteller Brut Cava ($10)
Reginato Celestina Rosé of Malbec ($12)
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