Make a date with the king of cava

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The Spanish love to party and Barcelona is home to Freixenet, the king of cava.

For a cracking cava try Freixenet Cordon Oro, DO Cava, Spain (£9.49, The Co-operative).

Made from the Catalan trio of grapes, xarel-lo, macabeo and parellada, this fresh, fruity, semi-sweet sparkler takes its name from the gold bottle and, if you like moscato, then you’ll love Cordon Oro.

If you prefer a medium-sweet rose and a beaming taste of fresh berries from Bordeaux, try Domaine De Pellehaut Ete Gascon Rose 2011, France (£9.99, Waitrose).

A blend of 60 per cent tannat and 40 per cent merlot, it is strawberry dominant with redcurrant notes and juicy cherry flavours that linger with creamy notes on a refreshing finish ... serve well chilled.

A must-try is Esprit Soleil Sauvignon Blanc, Vin de France 2011 (£5.99; buy two, save £2, £4.99, until October 29, Majestic).

Fresh, smooth and fragrant, the sunny label mirrors the appealing flavours of this bright white.

If you fancy a pinot picnic, top Chilean producer Cono Sur has a fruity pinot noir red which can be served slightly chilled.