Forget the cameo role at parties--make sparking rosé the main star
With an enormous gamut of flavors from the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes it’s made from, pink bubbly is a celebration in a glass and a great match for party food. These menus pair wonderfully with this wine and may surprise you.
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.
Small, steamed Yukon Gold potatoes—halved, scooped out a little, and topped with: salmon caviar, capers, and crème fraîche
Shelled crab, green onions, and Louie dressing
Sautéed wild mushrooms, caramelized onions, and crumbled bacon
Spicy shredded beef and chipotle aioli