Wine & Ratings

Spotlight on Sparkling Rosé

For serious wines that are also seriously fun, expand your summertime bubbly repertoire.
Photos by Meg Baggott

Hot summer days are particularly suited for a well-chilled bottle of rosé. What could possibly enhance the experience of a dry, crisp wine that’s enticingly hued? Bubbles. Yes, still rosé gets plenty of attention, but it’s time to highlight sparkling versions. Here are six bottles to try.

  1. 1

    Scharffenberger NV Brut Rosé Excellence (Mendocino); $23, 91 points.

    A California sparkling-wine pioneer, Scharffenberger dates to the early 1980s. A glass of its sparkling rosé helps you appreciate that the history of wine in the Golden State is not confined to still wines.

  2. 2

    Antech 2013 Émotion (Crémant de Limoux); $20.

    Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Mauzac and Pinot Noir combine to produce a wine that evokes history. The region of Limoux is origin to the first recorded mention of sparkling wine, back in the 16th century.

  3. 3

    Alta Alella 2014 Privat Rosé Reserva Brut Nature (Cava); $22.

    If you like your sparkling wine bone-dry, this Cava with zero residual sugar is your calling card. And it’s made from 100% certified organic Monastrell (Mourvèdre) grapes.

  4. 4

    Graham Beck NV Brut Rosé (Western Cape); $16, 85 points.

    When the cellar master is Pieter “Bubbles” Ferreira, you can expect noteworthy sparking wine. This South African blend of almost equal parts Pinot Noir and Chardonnay might assist in conjuring up a bubbly nickname of your own.

  5. 5

    Martino Zanetti Tenuta Col Sandago 2015 Brut Rosé (Vino Spumante di Qualità); $20.

    Fans of Italian sparkling wines and esoteric grapes, unite! This wine is made from the rare Wildbacher grape. If any of your friends can guess that after a sip, they definitely deserve a bottle.

  6. 6

    R.H. Coutier NV Brut Rosé (Champagne); $53.

    Does the hypnotic label draw you in? Good. Because it’s commanding you to splurge a bit. This grower Champagne is made using only Grand Cru fruit, so what’s in the bottle proves to be just as memorable as what’s on the outside.

Published on June 29, 2016
Topics: Summer Wines
About the Author
Jameson Fink
Senior Digital Editor

A two-time SAVEUR Blog Award finalist, Fink launched his wine blog and began a career in retail wine in 2004. Fink has been a wine editor at Foodista, Grape Collective, and msn.com. He recently relocated from Seattle to New York City and is passionate about enjoying Champagne with popcorn.

Email: jfink@wineenthusiast.net


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