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Wait­rose Cava, 12% vol, Spain (£4.49; Wait­rose) This is as good an in­tro­duc­tion to tra­di­tion­ally made cava as any, as it’s a blend of one third each of lo­cal va­ri­eties Macabeo, Par­el­lada and Xarel-lo. Drink it well-chilled as an aper­i­tif, or use it as the base for ‘Cham­pagne’ cock­tails. Ideal bub­bly for cel­e­bra­tions on a bud­get.

Freix­enet Cor­don Ne­gro, 12% vol, Spain (£6.47; Tesco) Freix­enet, founded in 1889, is Codor­níu’s bit­ter ri­val as the two dom­i­nate the mar­ket. Freix­enet’s Cor­don Ne­gro, launched in 1974, is full and fruity thanks to a high pro­por­tion of Par­el­lada in the blend. It has a pleas­ing fresh­ness and length, which made it one of the few stars at our tast­ing.

Codor­níu Pinot Noir Rosado Brut, 12% vol, Spain (£8.99; Ma­jes­tic, as part of a mixed case, Wine Rack, Noel Young, 01223 844744) The best cava I’ve sam­pled, this even dis­armed the wine’s harsh­est crit­ics at my tast­ing. A de­light­ful pale pink, it has fresh­picked sum­mer fruits on the nose and a del­i­cate, crisp fin­ish.

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