Wine of the week: Segura Viudas Brut Reserva NV

segura viudasThe Seugra Viudas cava shows that $9 can buy top-flight sparkling wine for the New Year’s holiday

The blog is more than a decade old, and I’ve been writing about wine for more than twice that long. In all that time, the Segura Viudas cava ($9, purchased, 12%) has never let me down. How often can one say that about wine?

This Spanish sparkling wine, made with the three traditional cava grapes — no pinot noir or chardonnay, thank you — has aways offered  more value than its cost. A lot more value. That it has done so for more than 20 years reminds me that not everyone who makes wine chases scores and trends or charges higher prices just because. Some, like the Ferrer family and its Segura Viudas cava, understand that  wine quality matters the most. If you do that, the rest falls into place.

This would be terrific wine even if it cost $15, and is just the bubbly for New Year’s sipping, toasting, and brunch — bone dry, with tart green apple flavor that is balanced by a little tropical fruit, the yeastiness that you expect from more expensive Champagne-style wines, and delightful bubbles. In this, the mark of great sparkling wine, no matter where it’s from or how much it costs, are the bubbles — tiny, compact, streaming to the top of the glass. You can get those bubbles in Dom Perignon for $200, or you can get them here for $9.

Highly recommended, as always, and it will take its place in the 2018 $10 Hall of Fame next.

4 thoughts on “Wine of the week: Segura Viudas Brut Reserva NV

  • By John Brooks - Reply

    Where can I find Segura Viudas for 9-10 $ near Oakland CA. I have tried finding various Wine Curmudgeon recommended wines at the WC low price and am always “priced out”. What gives?

    • By Wine Curmudgeon - Reply

      Hi, John. I just did a quick search on Google and wine-searcher, and it should be at that price at The Wine House in San Francisco, as well as Bev Mo, World Market, and Total Wine closer to Oakland. It should also be in most supermarkets at the price. I know some Costcos carry it, though I couldn’t find anything specific to your area.

      Pricing, like availability, is one of those those things that makes me crazy. I’ve seen the same wine cost anywhere from $9 to $18, depending on who is selling it. I have a post scheduled for this after the New Year.

  • By Jim - Reply

    Our Costco in Fairfax VA the SV Cava in 1.5 l magnums for $12.99. An absolute steal.

  • By Khris - Reply

    It’s $9.99 at the big (locally-owned) wine and liquor store in my hometown (in TN we don’t have the BevMo’s due to state law). Plus I usually get a case discount. It’s $11 or $12 at most of the other liquor stores and grocery stores that carry it. But it’s our go-to bubbly for most occasions, along with the Jaume Serra Cristalino. Great bottle for the $10 Hall.

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