The effervescence that fills a glass of sparkling rosé has the power to transform ordinary moments into celebratory ones. But as you drink pink you may be wondering: what should I pair with sparkling rosé?
The answer is easy – almost anything! Whether dining at a five-star restaurant or enjoying movie night at home, you can feel confident popping open a well-chilled bottle of sparkling rosé with your favorite fare.
Sparkling wine is extremely versatile for pairing, and this is especially true for sparkling rosé. To give the wines their appealing pink hue, the winemaker either macerated red grapes on their skins for a short time, or she added a bit of red wine to the blend. Either process gives the wine more body, heavier mouthfeel and fruitier notes than white wines, enhancing most foods without overwhelming their flavors.
Sparkling rosé also tends to have naturally high acidity, in the 3-4 pH range, a hallmark of all great food pairing wines. Lower pH wines have higher acidity, which gives them the power to cut through rich sauces while complementing lighter fare like fresh salads, sushi, soft cheese or seafood. The dry acidity of sparkling rosé helps it pair especially well with greasy, fatty, fried and spicy dishes. Crisp acidity creates a mouthwatering finish to each fizzy sip, scrubbing your palate clean ahead of the next bite.
The diversity of sparkling rosé food pairings leads to a diversity of serving occasions. From frittata to fruit tarts, citrusy salads to spicy BBQ, sparkling rosé can better your brunch, offer a refreshing aperitif and claim its place at the table from breakfast to dessert. As it stands up to meals that combine sweet and savory flavors, sparkling rosé is also one of the best wines to serve for Thanksgiving.
The beauty is that a quality sparkling rosé doesn’t have to break the bank. It’s possible to find even French bubbles far below the price tag of Champagne, such as Le Grand Courtâge Brut Rosé. This crisp, refreshing wine exhibits dryness and acidity with fruit and floral notes, which make it cuisine and cocktail friendly. Female wine entrepreneur Tawnya Falkner moved to France to create Le Grand Courtâge, with the goal of creating approachable, affordable, versatile wines.
“Our Brut Rosé is a blend of several grape varietals including Chardonnay and Gamay, which creates a unique fruit profile and offers the depth of flavor and richness to pair with an array of foods,” said Falkner. “My recommendation is to pop a cork, raise a glass and – rather than bubbles making a cameo appearance – make sparkling the star of any occasion.”
Le Grand Courtâge also produces a still rosé made of Grenache and Cinsault from the Languedoc-Roussillon under their Très Chic label, and a Blancs de Blancs Brut that is Falkner’s favorite pairing for fried chicken or buttered popcorn.