Champagne Week #3 - NV Jaume Serra Cristalino Brut Cava

The momentum of our previous Champagne Week selections carries us into budget territory.  And while you'll not find James Bond reaching for cava anytime soon, this Catalan version of sparkling can range from pedestrian to otherworldly as we learned from visiting the Pened├Ęs. 

(Full disclosure: This wine was received as a press sample.)  The Cristalino is somewhere in the middle, but what makes it special is its value.  At $10, this palate and wallet friendly bubbly is enjoyable anytime.  Very light and bracing with an acidic crispness that lends it a refined profile.  A slightly overripe breath makes the briefest of appearances on the finish.  Easily enjoyed and straightforward.  A good to go bubbly for everyday drinking.  And you've got to applaud the price tag.

Drink a glass of this after you get home from work as a way to shrug off the day and put you in a different frame of mind.  So what if it's Tuesday?