What better way to highlight that special time of year between summer and fall than with a bottle of sparkling rosé? These salmon-hued thirst-quenchers always have a place at picnics, dinners, celebrations, and in our hearts.
What is it about these bubbly beauties that seem to be perfect for any occasion? Rosé Champagnes and sparkling wines range in color—from pale coral to bright raspberry—and vivid flavors that truly run the gamut. Their wide spectrum of styles can be attributed to their many, many different origins—with regions all over the world producing sparkling rosé wines, from France and Spain and to South America and beyond. Regardless of where they are from, these zesty pink refreshments are mainly made completely dry. And when it comes to pairing with food, you’ll have quite a difficult time finding something more versatile than a rosé Champagne, rosé Cava, or rosé Crémant.
Rosé Champagnes and sparkling wines aren't lightweight wines, pink tint notwithstanding. In fact, they tend to be more structured and emphatic than traditional Champagnes, thanks to the greater influence of red grapes.
And there’s no one grape combination for these sparklers. The grapes for rosé Champagnes and sparkling wines vary. In Champagne, it’s the classic trio of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier is used. But In Spain rosé Cavas are blends of such local varietals as Garnacha and Monastrell. Meanwhile in Austria, Zweigelt and Blaufränkisch combine to produce lovely bright pink sparklers.