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Sparkling Rosé

If you like rosé wines, then you should try sparkling rosé wines. We tend to think of sparkling wine as a celebratory drink, but sparkling wine is an extremely food-friendly table wine that can accompany a broad range of foods and cuisines. Dry, but not too dry, rosé sparklers are also great to drink without food. If you’re not familiar with sparkling rosé wines, they get their rosy color and soft flavors from the Pinot Noir grape. You’ll also find Pinot Noir in many white sparkling wines where they add character but no color. Here are three good examples of sparkling rosé wines. Note that only the Moet Chandon is called Champagne. Only sparkling wines produced in the Champagne region of France can be rightfully labeled Champagne. If you find you like sparkling rosé wines, then you might want to splurge on the Moet & Chandon. You’ll find you get what you pay for, at least in this case.

Chandon Rosé Sparkling Wine from California
Sparkling Wine, Blended Rosé – Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier
Notes: In the glass, our Rosé is a pretty pink with intense ripe strawberry, juicy watermelon, and fresh red cherry fruit aromas and flavors. On the palate, this wine is creamy and seductive with a defined structure from the Pinot Noir added in its final stages.
A Dry Rosé – Cost: $$$ out of $$$$$

Mumm Brut Rosé Sparkling from Napa Valley
Sparkling Wine, Blended Rosé – 85 percent Pinot Noir, 15 percent Chardonnay
Notes: This Brut Rosé offers a bouquet of ripe Pinot Noir fruit, rich with black cherry and strawberry notes. Part of the wine is initially fermented in the press, producing the soft fruity character that gives Brut Rosé its directness, while a small percentage of Chardonnay gives the wine power and structure.
A Dry Rosé – Cost: $$$ out of $$$$$

Moet & Chandon Brut Impérial Rosé Champagne from Champagne
Sparkling Wine, Blended Rosé – 33 percent Chardonnay, 33 percent Pinot Noir, 33 percent Pinot Meunier
Notes: Fresh, clean aromas of ripe red fruits and spicy notes are slightly smoky and yeasty, creating images of toasted bread, red and black fruit, predominating with black cherry. The wine is crisp, rich, smoky and medium-weight with flavors of cherry, lemon tart, toasted brioche, strawberries, red currants, nectarines and a hint of cinnamon.
A Dry Rosé – Cost: $$$$$ out of $$$$$

Local oenophile David Dickson has been a wine educator for nearly 30 years. He welcomes questions and suggestions for this column at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Visit his website at winetimenewsletter.com to learn more about enjoying wine.