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Surrender to the Sparkling Sweetness

Sweet, or demi sec, sparkling wine is a specialized category of bubbly with wide appeal. Although many make the mistake of thinking of them simply as wines for toasting or to serve with dessert, the best sweet sparkling wines have incredible versatility.

When they’re made right, sweet sparkling wines are wines with a balance that makes them refreshing enough to serve as an apéritif. However, they are also bold enough to serve with a meal. We particularly like serving them with ethnic foods or a cheese course, but truly the best sweet sparkling wines would be a wonderful accompaniment to any meal. Of course, demi sec sparkling wines also make great partners for desserts.

1. 2017 Marenco Scrapona Moscato d’Asti D.O.C.G.

Origin: Piedmont, Italy
Varietal: Moscato Bianco
Price: $17 for 750 ml.
ABV: 5.5%

When talking about sweet sparkling wines, you almost have to lead off with Moscato d’Asti. These delicate, low-alcohol sparkling wines come from northern Italy. They’re lightly effervescent, made in a frizzante style rather than méthode champenoise. (This means the wines don’t undergo a second fermentation in the bottle.) The result is a floral, lightly sweet style of wine with an almost ethereal effervescence.

Among the Moscato d’Asti available in North America, the Marenco Scarpona is a real standout both for flavor and value. It is, unfortunately, one of the harder Moscato d’Asti wines to find, so if you spot it for sale, consider snagging a few bottles. Made from the grapes of a single vineyard, the wine offers intense aromas and flavors of orange zest, passion fruit and honeydew melon. Its finish lingers long with notes of golden raisin and white peach.

For more information, visit Marenco Wines official website.

2. 2013 Domaine Carneros Vermeil Demi Sec

Origin: Carneros, California
Varietal: 63% Pinot Noir, 32% Chardonnay, 5% Pinot Gris
Price: $40 for 750 ml.
ABV: 12%

Domaine Carneros is an American sparkling wine house with a French legacy. The winery was founded in 1987 by Claude Taittinger, of Champagne Taittinger. Since its first release, Domaine Carneros has been recognized as a leader in American sparkling wine.

If you want a bottle of bubbly that will surprise and delight sparkling wine lovers, this is the wine to buy. Its sweetness comes in a rush of effervescence at the front of the palate and is quickly balanced by fresh, tropical fruit acidity. Best of all, this nicely balanced bubbly lingers long on the palate with tropical decadence.

For more information, visit Domaine Carneros official website.

3. 2017 Inniskillin Sparkling Vidal Icewine

Origin: Ontario, Canada
Varietal: Vidal
Price: $95 for 375ml.
ABV: 9%

Inniskillin is a leader in Canadian winemaking, noted particularly for its pioneering efforts with Canadian icewine. Their wines are known around the world as some of the best icewines in North America. So, it’s no surprise that if anyone was going to come up with a sparkling Canadian icewine, it would be Inniskillin.

Unlike the other wines on our Best Sweet Sparkling Wines list, Inniskillin’s Sparkling Vidal Ice Wine is a dessert wine. The wine is made using the Charmat method to give the winery’s stunning icewine effervescence. Like Inniskillin’s still Vidal Icewine, this wine is well balanced. Tropical notes of pineapple, lychee and dried mango dominate the wine’s aromas and flavors, but it’s the spark of citrus acidity that keeps your mouth watering for another sip.

(Not available in the U.S.)

For more information, visit Inniskillin Winery official website.

4. NV Anna de Codorniu Dulce Anna

Origin: Catalonia, Spain
Varietal: Sparkling wine blend
Price: $15 for 750 ml.
ABV: 11.5%

The winemaking history of the Codorniu family dates back to 1551. They weren’t making Cava until the 1700s, but they are credited with creating Spain’s first sparkling wines. Trailblazers on the Spanish wine scene since the beginning, the family was also among the first to advertise wine on television. Today, the brand is best recognized for the Anna de Codorniu line of affordable sparkling wines, one of which happens to be a sweet Cava.

The Dulce Anna Cava has more outright sweetness than most of the wines on our Best Sweet Sparkling Wines list. This Cava is good match for those who enjoy a very direct, sweet glass of bubbly. It offers a pleasant note of apple on the nose, with flavors of lemon pie and lingering vanilla on the finish.

For more information, visit Codorníu Raventós Group official website.

5. NV J Vineyards & Winery Demi Sec

Origin: Sonoma County, California
Varietal: 49% Chardonnay, 46% Pinot Noir, 5% Pinot Meunier
Price: $45 for 750 ml.
ABV: 12.5%

This sweet sparkler is a fairly new wine for J Vineyards & Winery, but it makes a thoughtful addition to the lineup, considering the winery’s philosophy of enjoying bubbly with food. J was founded in 1986 by Judy Jordan, of the Jordan Winery family. Her dream was to create a distinctly American winery specializing in sparkling wines. As her vision became a reality, Jordan realized it was important to promote the harmony between sparkling wine and foods. She created a hospitality center for the winery in Sonoma County where visitors could enjoy the natural synergy of food and wine.

This demi sec is most definitely a wine to showcase that food-friendly philosophy. It makes it to our list of the Best Sweet Sparkling Wines because of its balance of crisp acidity to its sweetness. Made in the traditional Champagne method, J’s demi sec offers a fine stream of dancing bubbles. Its aromas are of citrus blossoms and hints of roasted nuts. On the palate, it offers flavors of pears and orange with a lingering note of honey.

For more information, visit J Vineyards & Winery official website.

6. 2014 Schramsberg Crémant Demi-Sec

Origin: Napa Valley, California
Varietal: 71% Flora, 16% Pinot Noir, 13% Chardonnay
Price: $42 for 750 ml.
ABV: 12.9%

Schramsberg is one of the oldest sparkling wine producers in the United States. Among their selection of memorable sparkling wines is a Crémant with a subtly sweet flavor.

The Schramsberg Crémant Demi-Sec offers balanced sweetness and maturity. It’s light on the tongue with a creamy texture. It’s made predominantly from Flora, a hybrid grape that’s a cross between Sémillon and Gewürztraminer. The result is a wine with stone fruit and pineapple flavor with more sophisticated butterscotch and spice at the back of the palate.

For more information, visit the Schramsberg official website.

7. Vins Gigou NV “La Bulle Sarthoise” Rouge Demi-Sec

Origin: Loire Valley, France
Varietal: Pineau d’Aunis
Price: $23 for 750 ml.
ABV: 11.5%

Joël Gigou is a bit of a cult name in the Loire. His white wines are sought for their expression of terroir, but it’s his deep, ruby red bottle of bubbles that has made GAYOT’s list of the Best Sweet Sparkling Wines.

If wines get points for “coolness,” this one’s off the charts. It’s a wine from an obscure appellation, made with unabashed sweetness. But to add intrigue to its sweet profile, the wine is filled with peppery, spicy aromas and flavors that will surprise and delight.

For more information, visit Domaine Gigou official website.

8. Graham Beck Bliss

Origin: Western Cape, South Africa
Varietal: 53% Chardonnay, 47% Pinot Noir
Price: $17 for 750 ml.
ABV: 11.7%

Graham Beck is considered a leader in Méthode Cap Classique (MCC). This is the name for South African sparkling wines made in the Champenoise method.

Like a party in a bottle, the Bliss is a fun wine with honey sweetness. Aromas are pleasingly yeasty, like sweet pastry dough. On the palate, its flavors are reminiscent of praline and butterscotch.

For more information, visit Graham Beck official website.

9. Korbel Sweet Rosé

Korbel is one of the best-known names in sparkling wine. That’s because they know how to produce quality wines for the price — and their prices are generally very affordable.

The Sweet Rosé is one of Korbel’s newest releases — and one of our favorites from among the wines they produce. A low-alcohol sparkling wine, it offers pronounced sweetness backed up with solid acidity, making it a nicely balanced wine for the money. The red grapes in the blend add intensity and juicy berry flavors.

For more information, visit Korbel official website.

10. Freixenet Cordon Negro Sweet Cuvée

Origin: Catalonia, Spain
Varietal: 35% Macabeo, 25% Xarel-lo, 40% Parellada
Price: $12 for 750 ml.
ABV: 12%

Freixenet is a leader in affordable sparkling wines. The house was founded in 1914 but it really took off with the release of the first Cordon Negro in the 1970s.

One of Freixenet’s newest releases, the Cordon Negro Sweet Cuvée is the kind of wine that will appeal to anyone who wants some body and sweetness in their Cava. It’s a very fun, fruit-forward bottle of bubbly with tons of citrus flavor.

For more information, visit Freixenet official website.

11. Michele Chiarlo Nivole Moscato d’Asti D.O.C.G.

Origin: Moscato d’Asti, Italy
Varietal: Moscato
Price: $22 for 750 ml.
ABV: 5%

We began and ended this list with Moscato d’Asti. Of all the sweet sparkling wines, this is a style with a gentle sweetness and certainly one that deserves two spots on GAYOT’s list of the Best Sweet Sparkling wines. But unlike the first Moscato on the list, a slightly obscure wine, this one is one of the easiest sweet sparklers to find in America.

A beautifully fragrant wine, it offers balanced sweetness and low alcohol. Its flavors are delicately sweet. Peach and grapefruit dominate on the palate. On the finish, it is pleasingly fresh for a sweet wine.

For more information, visit Michele Chiarlo official website.

Rosé has gone from summer crush to eternal flame in the United States, with excellent bottles from global wine regions increasingly available year-round. Some of VinePair’s favorite rosé sparkling wines hail from Alsace, Italy, Argentina, and, of course, Champagne.

Whether you are celebrating something special, or simply living your best life with a bottle of bubbles, here are 15 of the best rosé sparkling wines available now.

Domaine Bousquet Brut Rosé

From Argentina’s Uco Valley comes this satisfying sparkler made from organically farmed, hand-harvested grapes. It has fruity aromas and flavors followed by a crisp, salty finish, and it offers incredible value for money (“I had to look at the price twice,” VinePair’s tastings director Keith Beavers said). Average price: $10.

Zonin NV Sparkling Rosé

Italy’s Nerello Mascalese grape stars in this easy-drinking bottle with smooth, sweet fruit flavors. It isn’t the most complex wine you’ll ever taste, but it is fun and spritzy and perfect for low-key nights around the grill — or on the couch. Average price: $13.

Rotari Rosé 2014

Feel the Dolomites wind in your hair as you sip this Trentodoc that gets its lean, angular structure from the mountains where its grapes grow. Watermelon and citrus scents give way to ripe peach and white pepper on the palate. Average price: $19.

Paul Mas ‘Côté Mas’ Crémant de Limoux Brut Rosé

Elegant and affordable, this bottle from southern France has notes of strawberry yogurt and lovely, fine bubbles. Average price: $16.

Cleto Chiarli ‘Vecchia Modena’ Lambrusco NV

This crisp, dry Lambrusco has strawberries and white cherries on the nose, plus citrus flavors and a tart finish. A versatile aperitif wine, it works beautifully with cheese and salumi, salads, or pizza. Average price: $18.

Amelia Crémant de Bordeaux Brut Rosé NV

Made in the traditional method, this crowd-pleasing Bordelais rosé offers considerable bang-for-buck. It features Cabernet Franc and Merlot, which give it crisp acidity and strawberry notes, respectively. Average price: $20

Pierre Sparr Crémant d’Alsace Brut Rosé NV

Ripe and expressive, this salmon-hued Crémant has watermelon, red berry, and yogurt aromas, followed by a grippy palate with tight bubbles and a subtle, yeasty note. Average price: $21.

Gustave Lorentz Crémant d’Alsace Brut Rosé NV

One of our tasting panel’s favorite rosé sparklers has bright strawberry flavors, with a sophisticated, grapefruit-brûlée note on the palate. Made from Pinot Noir from Alsace, it offers a lot of elegance at a very affordable price. Average price: $24.

Scharffenberger Cellars Excellence Brut Rosé

Ripe raspberry and strawberry aromas meet honey, jasmine, and floral notes on the palate, making this a very smooth, multifaceted option. It’s made in the traditional method in Mendocino County, Calif. Average price: $25.

Domaine Michel Briday Stephan Briday Crémant de Bourgogne Rosé

Refreshing and fruity, this Burgundian bottle features white peach and flinty stone notes on the nose, followed by floral, honeyed flavors. It has fantastic value for the price, too. Average price: $26.

J. Vineyards Brut Rosé NV

Grapefruit fans, you’ve found your bubbly rosé. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay give this flavorful bottle a lovely combination of bread-y and fruity notes, with grapefruit complemented by strawberries and honey. Average price: $37.

Balletto Brut Methode Traditionnelle Rosé

This dry Californian has green apple and honeysuckle aromas, delicate bubbles, and peachy, slightly earthy flavors on the palate. It’s a refreshing complement to a happy-hour spread or vegetable-centric meal. Average price: $43.

Vranken Demoiselle Brut Rosé Champagne

Gentle bubbles headline this great-value Champagne with strawberries and cream on the nose, followed by light honey notes and a beautifully long finish. An excellent dinner party wine, we would happily pair this with cheese, salty snacks, poultry, or vegetables. Average price: $60.

Delamotte Brut Rosé NV

Pinot Noir dominates this salmon-colored Champagne, giving it strawberry and raspberry aromas as well as red currant flavors. There is also a lovely, yeasty note on the palate, followed by a dollop or deux of cultured butter. Average price: $77.

Charles Heidsieck Brut Rosé Champagne NV

From Champagne’s iconic Charles Heidsieck comes this complex, focused bottle with strawberry jam and white peaches aromas, delicate perlage, and a deep, velvety palate rich with brioche and gingerbread. Ooh-la-la. Average price: $80.

Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé Champagne NV

Melon, strawberries, and cream mingle on the nose of this refined, ballet-pink sparkler, followed by elegantly nuanced flavors of puff pastry, honey, and crisp acidity. This is a mic-drop Champagne. Average price: $87.

Best sparkling rosé for 2020

Kick start your summer celebrations with a bottle of Best Buy pink fizz.

We asked wine experts to test eight supermarket sparkling rosés from £8 to £14 to find the best pink bubbles for your summer barbecue.

Our panel was looking for fresh and juicy wines perfect for celebrating. We tested bubbly from Tesco, Co-op and other supermarkets and our results were published in the June 2019 edition of Which? magazine.

The sparkling rosés we recommend work just as well for raising a toast as they do accompanying nibbles while you’re waiting for the barbecue.

Discover:

  • The best sparkling rosés
  • Five tips for the best rosé
  • How we tested

Best sparkling rosé

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Price per 75cl bottle Tasting notes Overall score
£8.99

Described by Aldi as a ‘beautifully elegant French fizz’ with a creamy palate and hints of strawberry. It works best enjoyed as an aperitif.

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Asda 24KT Pinot Noir-Rose Brut
Price per 75cl bottle Tasting notes Overall score
£12

If you’re after a versatile pink fizz, this Italian wine might be a contender. Asda claims it works just as well as an aperitif as with antipasti, sushi or spicy dishes.

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Co-op Irresistible Sparkling Rosé
Price per 75cl bottle Tasting notes Overall score
£8

This Co-op Prosecco-style sparkling rosé might appeal if you’re after an Italian wine on a smaller budget (it’s the cheapest we tested).

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M&S Graham Beck The Rhona Brut Rosé
Price per 75cl bottle Tasting notes Overall score
£10

Made of a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, this South African sparkling wine is made in the same way as Champagne with a second fermentation happening in the bottle.

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Morrisons The Best Vintage Cava Rose 2016
Price per 75cl bottle Tasting notes Overall score
£7.75

The only Spanish rosé in the line-up, this wine has been matured in underground cellars for 12 months to deepen the flavours.

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Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Crémant de Loire Rose
Price per 75cl bottle Tasting notes Overall score
£9

A sparkling rosé from the Loire valley that’s suitable for vegans. Fish and dairy eaters can serve it with smoked salmon canapés and mini pavlovas, though.

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Tesco Finest Cremant de Limoux Rosé 2016
Price per 75cl bottle Tasting notes Overall score
£12

This pink fizz comes from French vineyards and has a fruity flavour with hints of strawberry and raspberry.

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Waitrose San Leo Rosato
Price per 75cl bottle Tasting notes Overall score
£10.49

This wine comes from the native Italian Nerello Mascalese and Glera grapes. Waitrose recommends drinking it with cold prawn starters or fresh ripe strawberries.

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Five tips for the best rosé

1. When in doubt, choose an Italian wine

If you’re looking for a sparkling rosé but you’re overwhelmed by choice in the wine aisle, our experts recommend choosing an Italian wine. They’re usually a safe bet and good value for money, too.

2. Pay attention to the colour

Pale coloured rosés tend to be the most popular with shoppers, but choosing a darker pink might be a better bet for a barbecue. The deeper the colour, the more flavour has been extracted from the skins, so while pale rosés tend to be more light and delicate, pinker wines can be dryer, juicier and fuller-flavoured, making them a perfect accompaniment for chargrilled food.

3. Serve chilled, but never ice cold

You want your rosé chilled, particularly on a scorching summer day, but serving your wine too cold can ruin its delicate flavours and appealing aroma. The best way to cool your bottle is to place it in a bucket of water with ice cubes.

4. Serve it with food

Rosés are more versatile than you might think. You can kick off with a bottle while you’re waiting for the barbecue to heat up, but it’s also just as good with all sorts of food, such as fish, chargrilled vegetables and fruit salad.

5. But watch out for creamy desserts

Cream doesn’t react well with bubbles, so you might want to start with your sparkling rosé then switch to a different wine to wash down your strawberries and cream.

How we tested

We asked each supermarket to nominate their best sparkling rosé for a summer celebration. It had to be own label or exclusive, within the £8 to £14 price range, vintage or non-vintage.

Each wine was disguised before being tasted blind and then rated by our panel of experts. The experts tasted the drinks in a different order, before discussing their ratings and agreeing on two Best Buy sparkling rosé wines.

Our findings were published in the June 2019 edition of Which? magazine.

Our experts were:

  • Charles Metcalfe Wine taster, co-chair of the International Wine Challenge.
  • Kathryn McWhirter Wine taster, author and translator.
  • Helen McGinn International wine judge and award-winning author.
  • Sam Caporn Master of Wine, wine consultant, speaker, writer and International Wine Challenge judge.
  • Peter Richards Master of Wine, writer, presenter and broadcaster

The Best Rosé Champagnes on the Market

Brut Rosé is one of the hottest categories in wine today. Who can resist it? These effervescent wines offer gorgeous pink or peach color in the glass and a robustness you simply can’t get from Blanc de Blancs.

Brut Rosés are typically made from a blend of white and red grapes but a couple of the wines on GAYOT’s Best Brut Rosé Champagnes list feature only red grapes.

Because Brut Rosés come in many different styles and levels of body, we made sure to put something on the list for every taste and preference.

GAYOT’s Best Rosé Champagnes range in price from $50 to $300 to suit a variety of budgets.

> For more of GAYOT’s finest bubbly options, check out GAYOT’s Best Demi-Sec Champagnes list.

1. 2008 Veuve Clicquot Brut Rosé

Origin: Reims, France
Varietal: 61% Pinot Noir, 5% Pinot Meunier, 34% Chardonnay
Price: $100
ABV: 12%

Not only is Veuve Clicquot among Champagne’s oldest houses, it’s one of the earliest supporters of women’s liberation. The style and image of the house was shaped by its first female head, the legendary Widow Clicquot. And although the house is best known for the Yellow Label Brut, Clicquot also produces some of the finest Rosés in the world.

This is Rosé Champagne at its most pure and elegant. A vintage bottling, it offers everything you expect from Rosé, like red fruit aromas, the freshness of ripe berry and citrus flavors, a touch of vanilla and a hint of fresh baked brioche. Yet it delivers it all with great finesse. The aromas and flavors are incredibly complex. (It’s a blend of 12 crus.) There’s not just strawberry but also raspberry and red currant. The citrus hints at grapefruit, lemon and maybe a touch of sweeter tangerine. The wine finishes with just the right amount of power and good length.

For more information, visit the Veuve Clicquot official website.

2. NV Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé

Origin: Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, France
Varietal: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier
Price: $78 for 750 ml.
ABV: 12%

Billecart is one of the oldest independently owned Champagne houses. In fact, the year 2018 marks the 200th anniversary of the house. Miraculously, it has managed to stay in the hands of the same family for seven generations. Lovers of their signature wine, the non-vintage Brut Rosé, might be surprised to learn that they’ve only been producing this Champagne since the 1970s.

Among wine professionals, the Billecart NV would have to be the “just right” Rosé. There are Rosé Champagnes that boast greater complexity or bigger body but nothing harmonizes with the palate, with a meal or with the soul quite like Billecart. The color of a peach rose, this wine is both pretty and lush. It offers delicate flavors of strawberry and raspberry with bright but subtle lemon acidity. It is a gentle Champagne with a beautiful mousse and the finest of bubbles.

For more information, visit Champagne Billecart Salmon official website.

> Watch Sophie Gayot sabering a bottle of Champagne Billecart Brut Rosé with Antoine Billecart

3. NV Champagne Krug Brut Rosé 23rd Edition

Origin: Reims, France
Varietal: 29% Pinot Noir, 45% Chardonnay, 26% Pinot Meunier
Price: $325 for 750 ml.
ABV: 12.5%

This legendary Champagne house was founded by Joseph Krug in the early 1800s. Krug’s approach differed slightly from the vintners who came before him. He was determined to create premium Champagne from every vintage, no matter the climate difference from year to year. He did this by keeping a reserve of wines from which to draw to create a prestige Champagne each and every year. It is an approach the house still employs today.

Krug Rosé is one of those wines that is as much an experience as a flavor. To say that it’s a complex wine would be an understatement. Its aromas include rose petals, chamomile and raspberries with an underlying musk. The wine fills the mouth with exuberant bubbles and a complexity of flavors. The flavor experience includes the intensity of cooked and dried fruits like raspberries, red currants and apricot with the sweet freshness of tangerine acidity. Its creamy mouthfeel is a pleasure all on its own. The wine’s finish lingers so long, you’ll wonder if it’s going to go on forever.

For more information, visit the Champagne Drappier official website.

4. Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé

Origin: Tours-sur-Marne, France
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Price: $75 for 750 ml.
ABV: 12%

Laurent-Perrier takes a rather unique approach to making Brut Rosé. The wine is made from 100% Pinot Noir, all from Grand Cru vineyards. The grapes are then treated to extended maceration, as much as 72 hours. The length of maceration is always judged by the aromatics, to help maintain elegance. Such an interesting wine makes a solid addition to our list of the Best Brut Rosé Champagnes.

The Cuvée Rosé is one of the most recognizable Brut Rosés in Champagne. Known for its unique and elegant bottle shape, this wine is more ripe and full-bodied than many on the list. For a wine that offers richness, it is still somewhat sleek with orange zest acidity. Its layers of flavor include strawberries, tart cherries, raspberries and black currants with underlying bitter herb and almond notes.

For more information, visit Champagne Laurent-Perrier official website.

5. NV Ruinart Brut Rosé

Origin: Reims, France
Varietal: 55% Pinot Noir, 45% Chardonnay
Price: $85 for 750 ml.
ABV: 12.5%

The house of Ruinart is well known for two things. It is known as the very first Champagne house and it is known for its outstanding Blanc de Blancs Champagnes. What many wine lovers do not realize is that in the eighteenth century, Ruinart also created the world’s first Rosé Champagne and the winery is still very much dedicated to its Rosé legacy.

This is the kind of wine that almost defines the Brut Rosé style. Its restrained aromas are of hibiscus and rose petals with a mere hint of raspberry fruit. It has just enough acidity for freshness but not enough to compete with the ripe raspberry and red currant flavors. It finishes long with just a hint of spice. It is the sort of wine that would be welcome with any meal but it’s also a delight to drink on its own.

For more information, visit Champagne Ruinart official website.

6. NV Drappier Brut Rosé

Origin: Urville, France
Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Price: $55
ABV: 12%

Drappier is a slightly lesser-known Champagne house, but it is a house with a reputation for making consistent, très elegant wines. The most remarkable thing about this house may be that they were able to achieve a zero carbon footprint as of 2016. It makes them the first Champagne house to reduce their environmental impact to this level.

If what you love about Brut Rosé is the red fruit flavors, this is a wine for you. It offers pure, direct red berry and stone fruit notes, but there’s more to this bottling than just fruit. Layers of baking spices, pastry dough and even a touch of coconut add complexity to the experience. One of the rare Rosés made in the saignée method, it has one of the most exceptional hues of all the Rosés on this list.

For more information, visit Champagne Drappier official website.

7. NV Lanson Rosé

Origin: Reims, France
Varietal: 53% Pinot Noir, 32% Chardonnay, 15% Pinot Meunier
Price: $55 for 750 ml.
ABV: 12.5%

The history of Champagne Lanson dates back to 1760. It was not only one of the first established Champagne houses but it was also one of the first to consistently produce Champagnes in the Rosé style.

Lanson takes a very balanced approach to their Brut Rosé, walking a delicate line between ripe red fruit and fresh, grapefruit acidity. It is crisp yet fruity, elegant yet exciting. It offers classic raspberry and strawberry on the mid palate and lingers long with a note of minerality.

For more information, visit Champagne Lanson official website.

8. NV Taittinger Cuvée Prestige Rosé

Origin: Reims, France
Varietal: 50% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Meunier
Price: $80 for 750 ml.
ABV: 12.5%

Taittinger is known as a pioneer of sparkling wines. It was one of the earliest houses, established in Reims in 1734. It was also one of the first Champagne houses to invest in Californian sparkling wine. And, as of last year, it is the first Champagne house to plant vines in England. But beyond the house’s pioneering spirit, it is known for its consistency in producing premium Champagnes.

A very pretty wine, Taittinger’s non-vintage Rosé offers aromas of freshly picked raspberries and currants. The flavor of red currant gives it mouthwatering tartness while pomegranate and raspberry flavors add depth. The wine is plush with an almost velvety texture.

This brut rosé opens with rich and expressive fruit aromas on the nose.
The palate offers flavors of blackberry, black cherry and pink grapefruit with hints of blood orange that leave a lingering finish of baking spices.

For more information, visit Champagne Taittinger official website.

9. NV Piper-Heidsieck Rosé Sauvage

Origin: Reims, France
Varietal: Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay
Price: $65 for 750 ml.
ABV: 12%

With Marie Antoinette as an early fan, Piper-Heidsieck cemented its place in Champagne history before many houses were even developed. The winery takes an approach that Champagne has a role in seduction and that commitment to sensuality is in full evidence in their Rosé.

The Sauvage is a thoroughly unique Rosé. A red-wine dominant blend gives it an almost garnet color, as well as musky notes on both the nose and palate. Blackberry and black raspberry flavor hit the palate with surprising force and linger long, but an almost gamey note at the back of the palate gives the wine incredible dimension. If you’re looking for a big-bodied Champagne, this is the one.

For more information, visit Champagne Piper-Heidsieck official website.

10. NV Paul Bara Bouzy Brut Rosé Grand Cru

Origin: Bouzy, France
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Price: $50 for 750 ml.
ABV: 13%

Paul Bara is one of the few small, independently run Champagne houses left. A family operation with big heart, it defies the odds to make truly world class Champagnes, year after year.

The Brut Rosé is a solid choice if you’re looking to drink pink Champagne in an affordable price range. An almost orange-pink wine, it offers strawberry and floral aromas. On the palate, there’s more red fruit along with hints of spice and toast on the finish. Its bubbles are persistent yet fine as a pin point, adding elegance to an already impressive wine.

For more information, visit Champagne Paul Bara official website.

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Here are some of my personal picks, in ascending price order:

Campo Viejo Rosé Cava: One of the most widely available Cava labels in this country, this Spanish sparkler is a great value at around $13. Tastings.com gave it 87 Points, Silver Medal and Highly Recommended. Wine.com’s review gave it 89 points: “Rewarding and refreshing, the lively Gran Campo Viejo Cava Brut Rosé starts out with beautiful deep pink/light red color before satisfying nicely on the palate with bright red fruit flavors. Pair this wine with grilled salmon.” At this price point it’s also a good choice for sparkling fruit cocktails.

Sofia Brut Rosé: Sofia is a line produced by the Coppola winery and named for founder Francis Ford Coppola’s daughter. They are well known for their still rosé, and were the first notable producer to put it into cans, kickstarting the now booming quality canned wine trend (which I wrote about here at Forbes). They also make a sparkling version, but interestingly, they patterned it after France’s Crémant sparkling wines, rather than the better-known champagnes. It has a light pink salmon hue from skin contact with the red fruit, and is lower in alcohol content to deliver clean, refreshing flavors and a light, elegant body. The perfect “gateway” sparkler for fans of still rosé, it is easy drinking on its own, but also pairs well with foods like shellfish and spicier Asian cuisine. MSRP $19.

Mumm Napa Brut Rosé: Mumm was the very first French champagne house to set up shop in California, and this is the classic domestic sparkler that gets the most out of Napa’s famous grape growing terroir, delivering delicate softness but with dark fruit. It is very food friendly and a great value with an MSRP of $24 but sold at big retailers like Total Beverage for as little as $17. It got 91 Points from Wine Enthusiast Magazine: “fruity and decadent in creamy waves of soft texture and yeasty bubbles. It finishes with length and breadth, an ideal match for the table.”

Langlois Chateau Rosé: Many sparkling wines made in France but outside of the champagne region are known as Crémant, and while

these are fermented in batches, not individual bottles, they often represent one of the wine world’s secret values, since they are so much less known outside the country, and not widely available. But you can find this label, one of the better Crémants distributed in the U.S. Light and crisp, it is made from 100% cabernet franc grapes, a red grape variety not associated with champagne, and is the perfect Wimbledon wine – think strawberries and cream! Just $21 at Wine.com, which gave it 91 points: “Who doesn’t like a good sparkling rosé? And while much of this category is on the more expensive side, the Langlois Château Crémant de Loire is well-priced and a deal worthy of your attention.”

“The most famous champagne house you may never have heard of,” France’s Ayala makes superb bubbly.

Ayala/Vintus

Champagne Ayala Rosé Majeur: I’ve written about Ayala here before at Forbes, I’ve visited, and it’s a big favorite of mine, a hidden gem worth knowing that I described as “The Most Famous Champagne You Never Heard Of.” Founded more than 150 years ago,

Champagne Ayala is one of the world’s oldest and most proficient bubbly producers, and one of the most important in the history of champagne. A century ago, Ayala was one of the top five producers, and in the Roaring Twenties sold over a million bottles a year, a massive market share. But the house started to go off the rails in the mid-20th century, and over the next five decades consistently lost market share and recognition. In 2005 it was acquired by its longtime next-door neighbor Bollinger, the most important of France’s family owned Champagne houses. Ayala has 35 acres of prime champagne vineyards, quality has improved dramatically, and their non-vintage Rosé Majeur is a perfect example. Made from a majority of chardonnay but with a good amount of pinot noir, it personifies what champagne is all about, with the finesse that only comes from lengthy ageing, delicate body, excellent on its own or with food. Wine industry legend James Suckling gave it 93 points: “A cleverly arranged nose with saturated rose-like perfume layered into ripe expressive peaches, strawberries and wild dark cherries. The palate holds that darker cherry edge with real style and balance. Terrific. Drink now.” $60-$70.

The preferred wine of James Bond and British Royalty, Bollinger makes an exceptional non-vintage… rose that goes great with food.

Bollinger/Vintus

Bollinger Rosé: Want a bottle that tastes like vintage champagne at non-vintage prices? Want a full-bodied rosé that plays more like a red wine with food and can stand up with grilled meats or burgers? The gold standard is this “basic” rosé from Bollinger – the preferred house of fictional connoisseur James Bond. Rich – complex, with significant berry fruit, tiny bubbles and a pale straw color that expresses its finesse but belies it richness. This full-bodied champagne is made from nearly two-thirds pinot noir, most of which comes from designated Grand Cru and Premier Cru vineyards. Exceptionally made from soil to bottle, it gets across the board ratings in the Nineties from every major publication and expert, with consistent 93s from James Suckling, Robert Parker and Wine Spectator. Parker’s Wine Advocate wrote: “Bollinger’s NV Brut Rosé is a beautiful pink Champagne… beautifully pure, fresh and perfumed nose lead to a highly delicate and fruity palate with a silky texture and filigreed structure. This is an aromatic, perfectly balanced and intense Rosé of great elegance and finesse. The finish is clear and fresh but also intense and highly stimulating in its subversive salinity. This is a great Rosé, and although it can surely age, I would always miss the delicacy and perfume of its youth!” Gary Westby, Champagne buyer for acclaimed San Francisco retailer K&L Wines, put it more bluntly: “This is spectacular rosé – perhaps the best non-vintage rosé that I have ever had.”

K&L sells it for $75 but most retailers get $90 or more.

Bollinger’s prestige cuvee, the rosé La Grande Annee is only made in exceptional harvest years – the… last release was the 2007.

Bollinger/Vintus

Bollinger la Grande Annee Rosé 2007: Want to step up to the luxury table? Founded in 1829, Bollinger was the first champagne ever to receive a Royal Seal of Approval (1884 by Queen Victoria), and it was the brand served at Princess Diana’s wedding. When it was proposed to Lily Bollinger, founder of her famed eponymous champagne house, that they make a Bollinger rosé for the first time, she agreed, but with one famously firm condition: it had to be extraordinary. Ever since, the Grande Annee has been the house’s flagship “prestige cuyee,” the best of the best, a vintage standout made only from the best grapes and only in the best harvest years. In Bollinger’s house style it is a full-bodied, long aged, and made with just two grape varietals instead of the more common three, 72% pinot noir and 28% chardonnay. It goes exceptionally with food. The 2007 is the most recent vintage on the market, disgorged in 2016 after nearly a decade of ageing. In terms of ratings, it consistently lands in the rarefied world of the upper Nineties, with 97 points from Decanter, 95 from Wine Spectator and 96 form Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, which said: “the 2007 offers a chalky-pure and matured bouquet of redcurrants, green figs, dark chocolate, minty and dried floral expressions. Very fresh and elegant on the palate, this is a full-bodied, dense, complex and structured rosé with a long, intense and well-structured finish.” Around $200 and as low as $175.

The most famous wine name in the world, Dom Perignon is the Rolls Royce of champagnes, and after a… decade of ageing, the latest vintage, 2006, will be released next week.

Dom Perignon/LVMH

Dom Perignon Rosé 2006: The ne plus ultra of the sparkling wine world, Dom Perignon rosé is what you choose when you can’t afford to choose wrong, when you christen a ship, close the big deal, get engaged, have a child, or whenever you need something truly special. Most top champagne houses make a specially named flagship wine known as their prestige cuvee (Grand Annee for Bollinger, Cristal for Louis Roederer, Winston Churchill for Pol Roger, etc.) but Dom Perignon, the prestige cuvee from giant luxury conglomerate Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessey is the most famous of all. It is also the newest – the 2006 is the most recent release and it is not even out yet, but will be on sale in a few days after a June 12, 2019 U.S. release. It’s a full bodied 56% pinot noir and 44% chardonnay blend and preliminary tasting notes suggest a typically great vintage with dark fruits, intensity and ripeness after a full ten years of resting on the lees. Talk about the latest and greatest! MSRP $335

Champagne Rose Wines

Serving Alexandra Rosé
©Laurent-Perrier

The pigmentation is usually achieved by adding a little red wine to an existing white cuvee, with Pinot Noir being the variety that is typically employed. This method has the great benefit of allowing the cellar master to create batches of rosé according to demand.

The saignée method is also permitted under INAO Champagne production laws, although this is used less often. Here pink juice is removed from the must at an early stage, and then fermented without the skins.

The red-fruit character and earthy, meaty aromas of Pinot Noir are also detectable in rosé Champagnes. Together, these factors give the wines greater organoleptic complexity than is typically found in their white counterparts.

A typical rosé Champagne offers red fruit aromas and a subtle meaty, yeasty character. The latter results from extended lees contact and exposure to the Pinot grape skins. Although more usually consumed as a celebratory drink – not accompanied by food – rosé Champagne is versatile; its fuller flavor and body enable it to cope with stronger food flavors and textures. Bold acidity and forward fruit aromas make it a good match for simple grilled seafood, roast pork or even more exotically spiced dishes.

Although there is variation in the sweetness levels, the wines are most often dry (brut or sec) in style. The recent trend towards zero dosage or extra Brut white Champagne has seen the introduction of a few very dry examples but the style has not caught on widely. There is certainly a marked difference between a dry rosé Champagne and the sweet pink wines of Bugey-Cerdon or the central Loire Valley.

Rosé Champagne is subject to changes in fashion, as well as higher prices as a result of its perceived exclusivity. Most of the top Champagne houses have a rosé wine in their portfolios; the most widely known examples are perhaps those by Laurent-Perrier, Billecart-Salmon, Ruinart and Veuve-Clicquot.

At the very top of the market, Krug, Dom Perignon and Louis Roederer Cristal are mong the most highly priced bottlings. On the other hand, Bollinger did not release a rosé until the late 1970s, when Bollinger Grande Année Rosé was first produced. This was a full 150 years after the company was founded.

Last updated 20-Mar-2019

Pretty Pink Fizz: 6 of the Best Rosé Sparkling Wines for Festive Celebrations

What’s the only thing better than toasting a special moment or occasion with a glass of Champagne or sparkling wine? Toasting it with a sparkling glass of pink!

In case you missed it, we’re slightly obsessed with rosé wines (and rosé sangria). Pink isn’t just pretty, it’s also delicious, and pink wines are really making a name for themselves; we’ve come a long way from the cheap, sweet rosé box wine.

Plum Deluxe has taken one for the team and tasted a variety of sparkling rosé wines, filtering out the best from the rest.

Below you’ll find some of the best sparkling wines on the market, perfect for celebrating moments big and small. We’ve tried to represent value wines across most budgets, and included winemakers from a variety of regions — including, yes, Champagne proper.

Cheers!

Mia Sparkling Moscato Rosé — Spain ($12)

Mia’s sparkling Moscato is very light pink — almost clear in the bottle! — making it a light, delicate bubbly perfect for toasts and arrival beverages if you’re hosting guests. Although sweet, the rosé does a good job of balancing sweet and acidity — not to mention the absolutely delightful, almost tropical, aroma. As it says on the label, it’s delicate, so take it easy with food pairings.

Berlucchi Franciacorta 61 Rosé — Italy ($22)

The Italians have panache and style and rosé — and this is one of the best I’ve had. An elegant sparkler, I love this blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. It gives it a kind of yeasty heaviness you get with a traditional Champagne vintage, but the rosé style really elevates it and gives it balance (the tasting notes mention “crusty bread” — that’s exactly the feeling). Franciacorta is in Italy’s lake district, a cool grape growing climate, which shows in the wine’s subtle fruitiness. Such a fun wine, and a great one if you’re going to do some experiments with cheese or entrée pairings.

Champagne Benoît Lahaye Rosé de Macération — France ($54)

What’s a pink sparkling wine list without an official Champagne? This beautiful sparkler from Benoît Lahaye is very interesting in that it drinks more like a red wine than a pink Champagne. It has very little bouquet, and the first sip to hit your tongue is the flavor of the Pinot Noir, followed immediately by the effervescence that reminds you how lovely and light — and not sweet — a rosé can be. This is a serious sparkler and worth every penny as a conversation starter.

Mumm Napa Brut Reserve Rosé — California ($39)

One of the best aspects of the Mumm Napa sparkling rosé is the color – it has almost a ruby grapefruit tone to it, making it look absolutely beautiful on a tablesetting. While reserved when smelling, this California sparkling wine delivers lots of flavors in every sip: strawberry, raspberry, hints of minerals in the strong effervescence. Be sure to open the bottle after your guests arrive; because of the strong fizz, it has a very satisfying pop.

Treveri Cellars Rosé Sec — Washington ($18)

Treveri Cellars has the best rosé sparkling wine in the Pacific Northwest — it’s no accident we chose them to be featured at our recent Seattle wine event. While excellent value at under $20, the Treveri bottle looks like a million bucks, making it a great way to kick off an evening. “Sec” is the term used to indicate an off-dry sparkling wine, and this particular blend is nice and crisp with a balance of berries and citrus. If you’re looking for a sparkler to pair with food easily, this one will do quite nicely.

Graham Beck Brut Rosé — South Africa ($19)

Last but certainly not least is a South African selection. While South Africa probably doesn’t first come to mind when thinking about sparkling wines, the Graham Beck is notable because it was featured at inaugurations for both Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama — feel free to drop that lightly into the conversation! An easy drinker, this wine starts out with whiffs of cherries and raspberries, then shifts upon sipping over to creamy, peachy strawberry. Totally delightful.

I leave you with with this friendly reminder from our local wine shop…

The Best Bubbly Libations Under $90 for Any Occasion

Champagnes

Laurent-Perrier Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature
Champagne, France
Only for the VIPs in your life: This champagne is fresh, light, and poppy. Click your heels and say it three times: celebrate, celebrate, celebrate. I was gifted this luxurious diamond libation and used it to toast our Best New Restaurants List 2019. Reserve every pour for your BFF or breakfast in bed with your boo.
$84

Taittinger Brut La Francaise
Champagne, France
When you need to raise a glass up solo and say cheers to yourself: #Selfcare is a year-round goal. Taittinger reminds me of the rare evening at home. Bingeing with stovetop popcorn, The Watchmen, and bubbly is the best break from all the madness. A nifty champagne stopper will preserve the bubbles for few days. Sip from one of the most beautiful wine houses in France and let your mind wander — they say drinking Champagne slows the aging process.
$47

Veuve Clicquot Brut
Champagne, France
Hello Mrs. Show Off! The perfect gift for your old roommate. #glowup: I describe Veuve as the Lexus of Champagne, accessible luxury. Ignore the wine snobs that whisper that the marketing is better than the taste. The packaging is iconic, and the brut is classic. While you’re at it, buy some wine coupes for your celebrations. Ditch the tumblers and consider starting a bottle cork collection.
$46

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Freixenet Brut de Noirs NV ($10)

This fruity cava, a blend of the Spanish grape varieties Garnacha and Monastrell, isn’t wildly complex, but it’s remarkably affordable and delicious.

Collalbrigo Te Amo Rosé NV ($15)

Collalbrigo, in Italy’s Veneto, has become a top Prosecco producer since its founding in the 1960s. This spicy, eminently drinkable wine shows why.

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2004 Llopart Brut Rosé Reserva ($19)

The Llopart family has been growing grapes in Spain’s Penedès region since the 1300s, but its wines have only recently appeared in the U.S. This deep-pink blend of Monastrell and Pinot Noir is saturated with rich berry notes.

Canella Rosé Spumante NV ($21)

Canella, which is primarily known for its very good (and very popular) Prosecco, also makes this pale orange, lightly citrusy rosé spumante (an Italian term for sparkling wine). It’s produced entirely from Pinot Noir, or Pinot Nero, as it’s known in northern Italy.

Jansz Brut Rosé NV ($22)

Australians have long known that Tasmania produces arguably the best sparkling wines in the southern hemisphere. Jansz’s Pinot Noir–dominated rosé from the Tamar Valley is ripe and rich, with a floral scent and deep berry flavors.

Lucien Albrecht Crémant d’Alsace Brut Rosé NV ($22)

Made entirely from Pinot Noir, pale salmon-pink in color and full of perky apple and berry notes, this rosé sparkling wine from France’s Alsace region—and from a winery whose history dates back more than 500 years—is cheerful and lively.

Banfi Rosa Regale NV ($23)

This off-dry (i.e., lightly sweet) sparkling wine with a vibrant ruby color comes from Italy’s Piedmont region. With its penetrating floral fragrance and sweet, vivacious raspberry flavors, it is a great aperitif for almost any occasion and is good with dessert, too, since it pairs well with chocolate.

Domaine Renardat Fâche Cerdon du Bugey NV ($23)

An off-dry rosé sparkling wine from Bugey, one of the smallest and least well-known wine regions in France, this delicate, lightly alcoholic (7.5 percent), berry-flavored wine is made from the Gamay and Poulsard grape varieties.

Langlois Crémant de Loire Rosé NV ($24)

Bollinger, one of the most famous Champagne houses, now owns this well-regarded Loire estate. It produces a classic Crémant rosé composed entirely from Cabernet Franc: light and delicate, with vivid flavors of wild berries and fennel.

Schramsberg Mirabelle Brut Rosé NV ($24)

As far back as 1880, Schramsberg was making wine in Napa Valley, though it wasn’t until 1951 that the estate began producing sparkling wines. Ever since then, it has been one of America’s most reliable producers, making wines like this pale orangey-pink rosé, with its gently spicy raspberry fruit and firm, zesty acidity.

Roederer Estate Brut Rosé NV ($26)

Famed Champagne producer Louis Roederer’s estate in northern California’s cool and windy Anderson Valley puts out one of America’s top brut nonvintage sparkling wines (it won F&W’s 2005 American Wine Award for best sparkling wine). It’s also known for this pretty, brioche-and-wild-strawberry-scented rosé.

Szigeti Brut Rosé NV ($30)

Most people don’t associate Austria with sparkling wine, but this one is well worth noting. Szigeti’s elegant pale-orange rosé, a blend of two little-known (in the U.S., at least) Austrian grape varieties, Blaufränkisch and Zweigelt, has the richness and flavor of freshly baked strawberry shortcake, yet also manages to be entirely dry.

2004 Kluge Brut Rosé SP ($38)

Bright, zesty and full of citrus flavors, this Virginian rosé sparkling wine comes from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes grown on the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Laurent Champs, owner and winemaker of the top-quality Champagne producer Vilmart et Cie, consults on the making of this impressive wine, and his expertise shows.

Domaine Carneros Cuvée de la Pompadour NV ($42)

Napa Valley’s Domaine Carneros, owned by the illustrious French Champagne house Taittinger, produces some of California’s best sparkling wines, among them this salmon-colored rosé. It balances lemony acidity with lush strawberry fruit.

Looking for more bubbly? Check out our guide to champagne.

Grabbing a glass of rosé wine in the heat? You’re not alone. Waitrose has just reported two of its biggest weeks ever for sales of rosé wine and it’s expected that, as the temperature soars today, we’ll be clamouring for more.

Waitrose wine buyer Rebecca Hull said: ‘We are anticipating a rush on rosé, and bottles of fizz are making their way into ice buckets across the country.’

Our wine experts have tested sparkling rosé from Tesco, Co-op and other supermarkets.

The sparkling rosés we recommend work just as well for raising a toast as they do accompanying nibbles while you’re waiting for the barbecue.

See our round-up of the best sparkling rosé wines.

Best Champagne, prosecco and sparkling wine

Waitrose has also reported that sales of English sparkling wine are up 71%, and Champagne up 27%, during the recent heatwave.

We’ve found one of the best champagnes for under £20 and a top-scoring English sparkling wine as well as the best prosecco for less than £10 a bottle.

Last summer’s heatwave means we’re likely to see more excellent English wines. Our experts recommend keeping an eye out for the 2018 vintage.

How to choose the best Champagne, prosecco and sparkling wine

Champagne can only be made in a specified region of north-east France, and almost always from a blend of three grapes: pinot noir, chardonnay and pinot meunier. The bubbles come from a second small alcoholic fermentation carried out inside the bottle. The CO2 formed can’t escape and so it dissolves into the wine – so when the bottle is opened, the wine sparkles. Most Champagne is dry and best served after a few hours in the fridge.

Cava, from Spain, is made in the same way as champagne, undergoing secondary fermentation in the bottle. It’s usually made from three Catalan grapes: macabeo, xarel-lo and parellada, although some of the large cava producers have started to use chardonnay and pinot noir as well. The grapes mostly come from near Barcelona, much further towards the sunny south than the Champagne region. They ripen more, so cava is lower in acidity than champagne (and often cheaper).

Prosecco is usually slightly sweet or ‘off-dry’, light and delicate, and characterised by citrus and apple notes. Most people know that ‘Champagne’ is a protected appellation, but did you know that ‘prosecco’ is too? Any other sparkling wines made from glera grapes (formerly called prosecco), but from outside the Italian designation of origin for prosecco, can’t use the word ‘prosecco’ on the label. Unlike many other fizzes, prosecco completes its secondary fermentation in a pressurised stainless-steel tank. Generally, prosecco is similarly priced to cava and cheaper than champagne.

Franciacorta is made from grapes from Franciacorta in Lombardy. It’s drier than prosecco, but fruitier and softer than champagne, and it has distinctive lemony notes.

Crémant is sparkling wine that’s made in the same way as Champagne (with secondary fermentation) but it can come from other regions in France. Crémants may be made with a variety of grape varieties, other than the traditional Champagne combination, but grapes must be manually harvested. They must also be whole-bunch pressed, and aged for a minimum of nine months. Our experts recommend crémant as an alternative to prosecco or cava.

The Best Brut Rosé Sparkling Wines on the Market

Rosé Champagnes can be some of the most memorable cuvées. They also tend to be some of the pricier wines coming out of the Champagne region, but that doesn’t mean you have to break the bank to drink pink.

There are many great Brut Rosé sparkling wines on the market from every corner of the world, and most of them are in a pretty attractive price range. GAYOT’s Best Rosé Sparkling Wines list brings you a look at some of the most interesting Rosé sparkling wines around, several of which could rival Champagne.

1. 2015 Schramsberg Brut Rosé

Origin: North Coast, California
Varietal: 59% Pinot Noir, 41% Chardonnay
Price: $46 for 750 ml
ABV: 12.9%

Schramsberg is a pioneer in American sparkling wine. The house made its first Blanc de Blancs in 1965, long before the French Champagne houses set up shop on American soil.

The 2015 offers an elegant expression of the Brut Rosé style. A pretty wine with floral aromas and delicacy, it is a sparkling wine with finesse. Creamy on the palate, it offers bright raspberry and peak-of-season strawberry flavors with lemon acidity.

For more information, visit the Schramsberg official website.

2. 2014 Bride Valley “Sparkling Bella” Brut Rosé

Origin: Bride Valley, U.K.
Varietal: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier
Price: $70 for 750 ml
ABV: 11.5%

Bride Valley is a part of the burgeoning English sparkling wine scene — and it’s one of the more exciting additions. You see, this winery was founded by famed wine retailer Steven Spurrier. After 50 years in the wine trade, Spurrier, in collaboration with Jean-Charles Boisset, planted his first vines in the chalky soils of his family’s sheep farm. The winery, which was only planted 10 years ago, produces three sparkling wines. Production is small but the wines show incredible promise.

The 2014 Bella offers a beautifully pale, blushing pink color. On the palate, the wine exhibits similar subtlety with extreme freshness but restrained red fruit flavors. Grapefruit acidity and an underlying minerality add complexity, and the fine stream of bubbles brings a smile to your lips.

For more information, visit the Bride Valley official website.

3. 2014 Argyle Brut Rosé

Origin: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Varietal: 45% Pinot Noir, 30% Pinot Meunier, 25% Chardonnay
Price: $50 for 750 ml
ABV: 12.5%

Argyle has a reputation as Oregon’s leading sparkling wine producer, but it’s also a still wine producer noted for fine Pinot Noirs as well as Chardonnay and Riesling. Although their grapes are grown in far more challenging conditions than those of the California sparkling wine houses, Argyle manages to rise to the occasion of producing vintage dated sparkling wines that can compete with some of the best in the world.

Argyle’s Brut Rosé is a wine of great refinement. A thread of minerality carries through the entire tasting experience to give it a subtle sort of continuity. An elegant wine, its flavors are of pomegranate and raspberry with hints of rose petal.

For more information, visit the Argyle official website.

4. Mumm Napa Brut Rosé

Origin: Napa, California
Varietal: 80% Pinot Noir, 20% Chardonnay
Price: $24 for 750 ml
ABV: 12.5%

This Napa Valley sparkling wine house was founded by Champagne’s G. H. Mumm in the late 1970s. The house was originally called Domaine Mumm but changed the name to Mumm Napa in 1990, to better reflect the Napa Valley influence on their award-winning sparkling wines.

Both in style and in value for money, this is an American Brut Rosé that’s hard to beat. Coral pink in color, it offers fresh cherry and berry aromas and flavors. There’s a pleasing creaminess to its texture and a lightness and brightness that carries through to the clean finish.

For more information, visit the Mumm Napa official website.

5. Domaine Carneros Brut Rosé Cuvée Pompadour

Origin: Carneros, California
Varietal: 72% Pinot Noir, 28% Chardonnay
Price: $42 for 750 ml
ABV: 12%

Domaine Carneros is the Californian brand of legendary Champagne house Taittinger. The house, although French in ownership, produces decidedly American wines. Their reputation is as one of the best bubbly producers in the U.S. and it is a reputation Domaine Carneros upholds year after year.

Girlishly pink in color, with a delicate, almost lacy mousse, this is one of the best celebration wines produced in California. Its aromas of raspberry, peach and citrus flowers hint at the beauty of this wine’s fruit flavors. Ripe strawberry, raspberry, a touch of orange peel, vanilla and toast make this wine as much a pleasure on the palate as it is in appearance.

For more information, visit the Domaine Carneros official website.

6. NV Ferrari Trento Brut Rosé

Origin: Trento, Italy
Varietal: Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
Price: $30 for 750 ml
ABV: 12.5%

Giulio Ferrari was an Italian wine pioneer. Fascinated by Champagne, he is credited with planting the first Chardonnay vineyards in Italy. With great patience, he nurtured his Champagne varietals on the hillsides of the Adige Valley and honed his skills at méthode champenoise winemaking. It took some convincing to get Italians to embrace this Champagne-like local wine but Ferrari succeeded and today the Ferrari Trento wines are available around the world.

The Brut Rosé is a pale salmon wine. Floral aromas dominate with just a hint of wild strawberry. It’s an elegant wine in the palate with subtle complexity. Flavors include strawberry, orange peel, almond and just a hint of vanilla cookie.

For more information, visit the Ferrari Trento official website.

7. 2017 Karanika Xinomavro Cuvée Rosé

Origin: Amyntaio, Greece
Varietal: Xinomavro
Price: $30 for 750 ml
ABV: 12%

Domaine Karanika is a biodynamic winery known for both still and sparkling wines. Located in Greece’s far northwest, the winery owns some rare, ungrafted old vine Xinomavro. The winery is located in the coolest climate wine region in all of Greece, which is how Karanika is able to use their native grapes to produce world-class sparkling wines.

If you’re looking for a truly unique Rosé, this is going to make a good choice for you. A fleshy, mouth-filling wine, it is bursting with gorgeous red fruit flavors. Strawberry, raspberry and red cherry dominate on both the nose and palate. The wine has nice weight and a creamy texture. This is one of those wines that is a surprise and pleasure from start to finish.

For more information, visit the Karanika official website.

8. NV Domaine Chandon Étoile Rosé

Origin: North Coast, California
Varietal: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier
Price: $55 for 750 ml
ABV: 13%

Domaine Chandon was the first French-owned winery in California. It’s the American counterpart to the great Champagne house of Möet & Chandon. Founded in 1973, the winery is considered a pioneer in American sparkling wine, not to mention one of the finest sparkling wine producers in the world. In addition to bubbly, the winery produces a modest amount of still wines in the Napa Valley.

Chandon takes a sleek yet surprising approach to their Brut Rosé. An almost copper-colored wine, it complexity of flavors unfold on the tongue. Strawberries and raspberries appear up front, with more subtle, almost savory notes of cocoa, spice and a hint of yeasty bread dough linger at the back of the palate.

For more information, visit the Domaine Chandon official website.

9. NV Breathless Wines Sparkling Rosé

Origin: North Coast, California
Varietal: 96% Pinot Noir, 3% Pinot Meunier, 1% Chardonnay
Price: $32 for 750 ml
ABV: 12.5%

Breathless is one of the newest players on the American sparkling wine scene. Located in Sonoma County, California, it’s a women-run winery. It was founded by three sisters with operations led by winemaker Penny Gadd-Coster. The winery currently produces five sparkling wines and two still wines.

A fun and boldly pink bottle of bubbly, the Breathless Rosé offers mouth-filling red berry aromas and flavors with just a hint of spice. Surprisingly complex, the wine has a lot to offer for the price.

For more information, visit the Breathless Wines official website.

10. 2016 Antech “Émotion” Crémant de Limoux Rosé

Origin: Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Varietal: Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Pinot Noir, Mauzac
Price: $15 for 750 ml
ABV: 12%

If Brut Rosé is your style and you want a wine for a party, this Crémant gives you an excellent option for the price. A floral, pretty wine, it’s a good choice for a celebration. Crisp, with lemon acidity, it has lovely strawberry flavors and tiny, perfect pearls for bubbles. It’s a great value wine and a crowd-pleaser.

For more information, visit the Antech official website.

11. Bouvet-Ladubay Brut Rosé Excellence

Origin: Loire Valley, France
Varietal: Cabernet Franc
Price: $15 for 750 ml
ABV: 12%

This wine is another terrific value. It’s a surprisingly delicate wine for the price, with a pale, salmon hue and miniscule bubbles. It offers fresh fruit aromas and flavors, including raspberries and black currant with bright, citrus acidity. A savory, earthy note toward the back of the palate gives it added dimension.

For more information, visit the Bouvet-Ladubay official website.