Olly Smith’s Cava cavalcade

Spanish Cava is terrific, prices enticing, and 12 July is International Cava Day. Made in the same way as French Champagne but with Spanish grapes, it’s hard to find a better pairing with olives, shellfish – even fish and chips. Found mainly in Penedés near Barcelona, aged for nine months minimum, there are lots of good ones under a tenner. For complexity and richness, splash out on a Reserva (15 months’ ageing).

WINE OF THE WEEK: Specially Selected Vintage Cava 2017 (11.5%), £7.49, Aldi. A fresh pineapple rolled in exotic spice, this is aromatic, scrumptious and so good for the cash.

Kylie Minogue Organic Brut Reserva Cava (11.5%), £12, winedelivered.co.uk. Richly flavoursome, pristine and hits all the high notes. Bravo, Kylie.

Prestige Cava Rosado Brut NV (12%), £10, Marks & Spencer. Summer-fruit fun, this pink fizz has delicious depth with enticing texture too. Delicious!

Taste The Difference Reserva Vintage Brut Nature Cava 2017 (12%), £9, Sainsbury’s. An apple-y arrow: expect piercing bubbles and plenty of flavour.

The Best Marqués De Los Rios Cava Brut (11.5%), £9, Morrisons. Beautifully rich and intense. Serve chilled with a bowl of salted almonds and relax.