“Pink bubbles signal that a special meal is about to start,” says Stacey Gibson, wine director for The Woodsman Tavern in Portland, Oregon, and sommelier for this monthly popup series. But sparkling rosé is not just ideal for a predinner toast: It’s also a powerhouse for pairing with food.
Katie Brookshire, of table WINE in Pacifica, California, explains that the key to rosés appeal is that it strikes “that happy place between red and white.” Sparkling rosé, she notes, “delivers just enough of the characteristics of the red grapes that it was made from—giving it the richness and fruits of a full red wine, while maintaining its fresh, crisp chillability factor.” The wine’s scrubbing bubbles help lift up the creaminess of a cheese plate or cauldron of fondue, and its juicy flavor can make your steak, lobster, or heart-shaped pizza taste even better, too.
We asked sommeliers and wine experts from around the country for their favorite sparkling rosés under $30. Here are their selections.
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