2017 WINTER ISSUE | CHOICES 53
If on a tighter budget, which most of us are much of the time, there are a myriad of other rosé sparkling wines in a wide price range to fit any pocketbook. I say “sparkling wines,” as not only is there a special method of fermentation in the bottle required to call the wine “champagne,” but the only true champagnes are from one small wine district in northeastern France within a hundred miles of Reims. In other words, all champagne is sparkling wine, but not all sparkling wine is champagne. A bubbly wine doesn’t have to be French méthode champenoise to deliver that distinctive titillating taste sensation. I’ve selected five sparkling pink wines from various countries that range from $13-$50. All are very drinkable, make a lovely presentation and not so obscure that they can’t be found in your local stores. The list is certainly not meant to be the only choices. With the new popularity of marvelously festive rosé sparkling wines, there are many lovely selections available. Having said that, I would avoid Korbel or André. Here’s my suggestions, ranging from most expensive to least. • Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Rosé Champagne $50 – (France) • Domaine Chandon Etoile Brut Rosé $35 (California) • Szigeti Brute Rosé $21 (Austria) • Freixenet Elyssia Pinot Rosé Noir Brut Cava $21 (Spain) • Martini & Rossi Sparkling Rosé $13 (Italy) Just a quick note on serving a bubbly wine. Chill the bottle as cold as you can make it. Pop the cork with all the drama you can summon. (NEVER open in the
Suggested pink sparkling wines from $13-$50. Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Rosé Champagne $50 (France), Domaine Chandon Etoile Brut Rosé $35 (California), Szigeti Brute Rosé $21 (Austria), Freixenet Elyssia Pinot Rosé Noir Brut Cava $21 (Spain), Martini & Rossi Sparkling Rosé $13 (Italy)
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