Estandon Brut Rose Méthode Traditionnelle “Fines Bulles”$35,
Like the Segura Viudas Cava, this wine is made with the same technique as Champagne, but yields a different result. Produced in Provence, it draws on the lustier red grapes of the region—Cinsault, Grenache, and Syrah—for both its body and pink color. It’s full-flavored, with notes of cherry, blood orange, and thyme. Pairs well with salmon or even burgers.
Gemin Prosecco di Valdobbiadene NV
$16, Grappoli Imports
There’s no shortage of fresh and lively examples of Prosecco, Italy’s national aperitif. The Gemin is classic, with plenty of pear and white-peach notes, but it’s also creamier, drier, and more interesting than many of its peers. Not as dry as the Aria, it will do better with mildly spicy things like wings or grilled sausages. Slap a few into a cooler, and you’ll soon forget about the July heat!
Segura Viudas Cava Estate
Brut NV “Aria” $15, Reliable Churchill
This bubbly hails from the Penedès region of Spain, just outside of Barcelona. The second fermentation (the one responsible for the bubbles) takes place in the bottle, just as in Champagne. The result is a sparkling wine with a creamy texture and plenty of finesse, with pretty tropical fruit tones and a clean, dry finish. If you’re grilling chicken or fish, this is the wine for you.