... and two great pink bubbly recommendations.
Sparkling wine is a requirement in my house, at all times. It is useful in times of joy, times of celebration, times of sadness, madness and frustration, and times you’re just plain ol’ thirsty (which is my most common “excuse” to drink bubbles). To put it plainly, they are my favorite of all styles of wine and if I had my way I would drink bubbles every day of the year. Not a day goes by that I can’t think of a good reason not to open up a bottle (whether it be a fine Champagne or $7 sparkler). Last night was no exception.
Hubby came home from work frustrated after a long and stressful day. He had a sad look upon his face that he rarely brings home with him. As any concerned wife would do I asked, “What can I do?” And when he said, “Nothing, I just need a hug”, I responded, “No you don’t, you need some pink bubbles!” And then I finally got a smile out of him and proceeded to pop the cork of a bottle I recently purchased at an incredible price, Pierre Sparr Crémant d’Alsace Brut Rosé, NV.
I purchased a bottle of this wine from WineExpress.com, an online wine retailer of which I receive a wine of the day email from. If you are interested in trying new wines, anything from high end Napa Cabs to great values from around the world, without committing to a monthly wine club I recommend getting on their daily email list. This wine was on sale for $10.95 (from $17.95), with .99 cents per bottle for shipping, so I decided to purchase three bottles. I had never had the wine before, but it was from the same region as one of my favorite under $20 bubbles, Lucien Albrecht Crémant d'Alsace Brut Rosé. Upon receiving my shipment we opened a bottle with dinner and immediately ordered a case at an additional dollar per bottle discount (the wine was still on sale). For $10 this rosé sparkler is simply a steal!
Pierre Sparr Crémant d’Alsace Brut Rosé, NV
$10.95 from WineExpress.com
From the cool climate Alsace region of France, this wine is 100% Pinot Noir (one of the only red grapes that grow well in Alsace) made in the champagne method. Strawberry and citrus notes dominate the nose with a touch of sweet biscuit scents. Dry and delicate the palate continues with more strawberry, lemon, and orange peel. Crémants (sparkling wines made in France, but outside of the Champagne region that are made using the méthode champenoise) are incredible values and this is probably the best one I’ve had at this price. If you can find it for under $12, get yourself a case (or more)! This wine will put a smile on your face no matter what kind of day you’ve had!
Another pink bubbly we recently celebrated with was the lovely Domaine Carneros Cuvée de la Pompadour Brut Rosé, NV that I received as a sample. This time we were celebrating the first time our twin boys slept through the night without any interruption. Any parent who has gone through this, with a single child or multiples, understands the pure joy and relief that comes from this experience and it is certainly one worth celebrating. So we did so with this delicious treat from Domaine Carneros.
Domaine Carneros Cuvée de la Pompadour Brut Rosé, NV
$35 from the winery
Domaine Carneros is one of Napa Valley’s premier sparkling wine producers and definitely worth a visit on any trip. It provides an excellent way to start or end your Napa wine country excursion with seating, both indoor and out, overlooking the incredible Carneros region.
According to the Domaine Carneros website, “Our Rosé cuveé is named for Madame de la Pompadour, Louis XV's great paramour. It was she who first introduced sparkling wine to the court at Versailles and is famous for having said that ‘Champagne is the only wine that a woman can drink and remain beautiful’.”
I like that! I may just have to put that quote on my refrigerator.
This wine, a blend of 58% pinot noir and 42% chardonnay, was elegant and aromatic with fine delicate bubbles. Take one whiff and your nose is filled with crisp apples, apple cider spices, raspberry, cherry, and a touch of vanilla bean. Just a small sip punches huge flavors that linger on your tongue long after you’ve swallowed the wine. You just can’t help but go back for more and more, which I gladly did. This is a solid Napa rosé sparkler for this price point.
There you have it. Two pretty pink bubbles worthy of opening for any type of celebration. In fact, today marks the first full day of spring (although you’d never know it looking outside my window at the snow falling). This means I have survived my first New England winter. Now that is reason to celebrate… perhaps with more pink bubbles!