We already know how it’s made, so now we can just on to the good part (drinking – duh). I love sparkling rosé for the same reasons I love still rosé – it’s a little bit weightier and a different fruit profile than white bubbly. I will warn you that some sparkling rosé can be more expensive than their white counterparts, but the gorgeous Taittinger Prestige is the most expensive one I’ve ever tried at $50 (I know – how deprived am I???). Below are a few in all different price ranges, though prices vary wildly from store to store. Happy weekend, grapefriends!
Bodegas Iranzo Tarantas, $10: Really liked this one for a different, deeper, more red berry taste. It’s made from the Bobal grape and comes from Valencia. Plus, you can buy it right in some Whole Foods so be on the lookout if that’s your place.
Anna de Codorniu Brut Rosé, $15: This is a Cava that’s 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay. And actually it was the first Cava to use Chardonnay (usually it’s made from the Spanish grapes Macabeo, Parellada and Xarello).
Mumm Napa Brut Rosé, $20: Fantastic value and delicious wine from a really good American bubbly producer.
Domaine Carneros Brut Rosé Cuvée de la Pompadour, $36: I love all DC’s and this one’s no different. It’s 58% Pinot Noir and 42% Chardonnay, and has both fruit and floral flavors.
Schramsberg Brut Rosé, $42: This is from Carneros and you know all about them from the American sparklers post, but throwing in their rosé, too.
Moet Imperial Rosé, $50: Moet isn’t my favorite Champagne, but I do really like their rosé.
Taittinger Brut Prestige $50: Loved this one most of all. Bubbles were so elegant and tiny, flavor was crisp and perfectly balanced. Taittinger is soooooo good!
From this particular summer I’m having a love affair with Taittinger and most particularly with this rose. This is the kind of wine that can really cheer you up after a bad dey and make a good one even better.
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