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Drink Pink on Valentine’s Day with Bubbly Rosé

Think pink, think rosé, and while you’re doing all that thinking, why not consider sparkling pink bubbles for Valentine’s Day? If you didn’t know already, bubbles drinkers prefer pink when given the choice. It seems like rosé sparklers give more pop per pop, if you will, and are very food friendly with a higher acidity, a little body and fruit.

Notes on Sparkling Rosé

Color and flavor are all over the spectrum from coral to light salmon pink to bright cherry red. This rainbow of rosé is achieved by how much time the juice is allowed to sit on the skins and the color of the pigment of the grapes used. Tastes vary from strawberry, tangy and bright stone fruit, lush cherry, tart red currant, and even rhubarb.

Whether from France, Italy, Spain, or Yakima, Washington, all these wines are made using the traditional methode Champenoise. You just can’t call them Champagne because they are not from the French region that owns the rights to the name Champagne. These wines are extremely well made, satisfying, fun and fruit driven making them so easy to sip – super-stars for your Valentine’s celebration, not to be taken lightly. They are bright, showy and festive: perfect for a night of romance (or rom-coms).

Tenuta Col Sasndago 100% Wildbacher Brut Rosé, Veneto, Italy

Made from a somewhat unusual grape from Austria, this rosé sparkler was a big hit over the holidays here at the Co-op. Delicate notes of wild strawberry and rose petal are revealed when tasting this dry and well balanced wine. Grown in north Veneto, the grapes are harvested very late and supply good acidity which does well in this style of bubbles. Fine and persistent perlage (effervescence) with harmonious finish and a touch of residual sugar. Wildbacher Brut Rosé is now on sale for $19.99 per 750ml.

Treveri Cellars Sparkling Sec Rosé Syrah/Chardonnay, Yakima, WA

Crisp and complex boasting hints of berries and citrus to create a blend of delicious and enticing flavors. One of only a few sparkling wine producers in Washington State, Treveri Cellars is family owned and only makes bubbles. The versatility will surely infuse your table with luxury and class.

Juvé & Camps 100% Pinot Noir Brut Cava, Penedes, Spain

This Cava seduces with its bright cherry red color and beautiful effervescence. Reflecting the character of the varietal with its cherry and strawberry notes enveloped in honey, toasted bread and a faint floweriness. It is intense, fresh and exuberant in the mouth, with a rich aromatic finish. Different with a strong personality with well balanced acidity and flavors. Juvé & Camps Pinot Noir Brut Cava is available for $15.99 per 750 ml.

Lucien Albrecht Cremant Brut Rose 100% Pinot Noir – Alsace, France

An all-time best from the Alsace and the “go to” by the glass rosé sparkler in Seattle. The flavors display nice strawberry and wild cherry fruit with a touch of richness on the mid palate balanced by dry, crisp acidity and complimented with creamy texture on the long finish. On sale now, Lucien Albrecht Cremant Brut Rose is $18.99 per 750 ml.


By: CV, The Wine Guy

CV, The Wine GuyCV is our resident wine guy and our newest cheese specialist. And he’s here to give you generous, succinct, friendly advice on wines (and cheese). CV is quick to say that he’s not a wine “expert” — he’s not the person to go to for fancy terminology — but he does know wine, and approaches it with robust energy and a desire to match wine with people, food, and experiences.