Susie Barrie MW picks her favourite Cava wines to help you with your Christmas wine list.

Top Cava for Christmas

Today Spain’s most popular traditional-method fizz has redoubled its efforts to offer everything from very decent party wines at under £10 to more individual and complex boutique bottlings with prices in the Champagne realm.

Although many of the more expensive Spanish sparklers are ‘Brut Nature’ in style, which is popular in Spain and with some critics, be aware that these wines are bone dry. In my opinion, they don’t always have the flavour profile to carry that status off in the way that, for example, well-made examples from Champagne do.

What is great to see is the way cava’s traditional grape varieties – Xarel-lo, for example – are being coaxed into producing excellent wines through lower yields and sensitive winemaking.

Wine writer and broadcaster Susie Barrie MW is the author of Mitchell Beazley’s Wine Made Easy: Champagne and Sparkling Wines.