Perfect sparkling rosé pairings

Forget the cameo role at parties--make sparking rosé the main star

Perfect sparkling rose pairings: our picks
Photo by Thomas J. Story

Our picks

1 | Soter Estate Grown 2005 Brut Rosé (Yamhill-Carlton District; $48). Wonderfully furious bubbles carry floral aromas, tart and spicy red fruit—cherry, cranberry—and a punch of grapefruit zest on the finish.

2 | Gloria Ferrer 2006 Brut Rosé (Carneros; $42). Vibrant and spicy cherry, rhubarb, and watermelon scented with rose petals.

3 | Gruet Nonvintage Brut Rosé (New Mexico; $15). Tart raspberry and pear lead into a riot of berries, grapefruit, and lively bubbles.

4 | Iron Horse 2005 Brut Rosé (Green Valley of Russian River Valley; $50). Bold, red, and spicy; raspberries spiked with a little sassafras and orange zest.

5 | Roederer Estate Nonvintage Brut Rosé (Anderson Valley; $27). Fresh apple cider, delicate cherries, bright lemon, and earth.

6 | Mirabelle Nonvintage Brut Rosé by Schramsberg (North Coast; $27). Green apple and pear from Chardonnay; framboise and warm spices from Pinot.

7 | Domaine Carneros “Cuvée de la Pompadour” Nonvintage Brut Rosé (Carneros; $36). Earthy, smoky yeast under strawberry, cranberry, and citrus peel.

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