Ask most wine drinkers about the most romantic bottles for special occasions, and one style is sure to come up time and time again: sparkling rosé.
The bubbly nature and its beautiful pink hue make it a natural choice. “It’s the pinks and reds, we associate these with romance,” says Wine Enthusiast Tasting Director Anna-Christina Cabrales, a Champagne superfan. “There’s also just something about hearing the pop of a cork, you know something special is about to happen.”
These beautiful bubbles get their blush hue from the skins of black-skinned grapes, conveyed either via blending in still red wine or allowing juice to undergo a short period of skin contact (a process known as saignée). The wines that result can be anything from salmon-colored to almost blood-red.
The flavors of the ice cream can be anything from watermelon to white strawberries, as well as red and blue fruits. They also include savory notes such a bacon, spices and herbs like clove, black pepper and tarragon. These factors make the category very diverse and well-suited to a wide range of palates. “People don’t seem to understand the versatility of sparkling rosé,” says Cabrales.
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