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Strawberry Champagne on Ice: 5 Must-Try Roses from Around the World

 

Last weekend, I found myself watching the Grammys replay late after work. I don’t know if it was all the pre-Valentine’s Day orders I was filtering through or maybe I was just hypnotized by the mega charisma bomb that is Bruno Mars, but I found myself muttering these lyrics for days afterward (in other words, much longer than was cool):

“Girl, you be shining so bright
Strawberry Champagne on ice
Lucky for you, that’s what I like, that’s what I like
Lucky for you, that’s what I like, that’s what I like”

I can’t pull off the Pokémon trainer suit or dance like Bruno but I can recommend some rose wines that are almost as smooth as Mr. 24K Magic.

Bruno Mars Sparkling Roses

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Here are my top 5:

Jansz Premium Rose from Tasmania

Yes, there is wine in Tasmania! Made in Tamar Valley, this sparkling rose combines the aromas of rose petal, strawberries, and lemon with a touch of creaminess, honey, and a fizzy finish. The wine is aged in the bottle for around three years, which helps it retain a bright acidity that will have you salivating after every taste. If you and your special person are able to find this bottle of wine, try pairing it with grilled lamb and asparagus with hollandaise.

Jansz Premium Rose from Tasmania $23

 

Domain Chandon Etoile Rose from California

I love tasting sparkling roses from California! These wines represent the most fruit-forward and fullest mouthfeel bubbly in the world. Domain Chandon Etoile Rose expresses aromas of plum, strawberries, raspberries, and cocoa and a toasty, subtle raspberry, and yeasty finish. I really enjoy pairing this wine with a filet mignon Oscar-style (grilled asparagus underneath the steak with lump crab and Béarnaise on top) and sautéed spinach.

Domaine Chandon Etoile Rose from California NV $35  

 

Drappier Rose Brut Champagne from France

While California produces sparkling wine that tends to be fruitier with a fuller body, bubbly from Champagne, France, is known for its refined structure, elegance, and terroir (earth characteristics) in their roses. What I enjoy about Drappier Rose is the amount of acidity that just dances on the tongue along with lashings of lavender, strawberry, cherry, raisins, and brioche dough in the aromas and finish. Enjoy this with cured meats, pate, and a strawberry and spinach salad.

Drappier Rose Brut NV Champagne from France $55

 

Lucien Albrecht Cremant d’Alsace from France

In the wine world, any sparkling wine made in France but outside of Champagne is not called “Champagne”, it’s called Cremant. An excellent example of a Cremant are wines from an area in Eastern France called Alsace. The best sparkling from this wine growing region is Lucien Albrecht, which combines the perfect amount of wildflowers, strawberries, and hazelnuts with a delicate mousse, toast, and dry finish. This is the perfect wine for sushi!

Lucien Albrecht Cremant d’Alsace Brut Rose $22

 

The Best Value Roses! Pere Ventura Tresor Rose Cava from Spain

The Spanish version of Champagne is made in an area called Cava, where produces use the traditional method of allowing wines to enter secondary fermentation (aka, making the bubbles!) when it’s already in the bottle. With the area a touch warmer and drier than in Champagne, France, Cavas tends to have more tropical fruit and mineral qualities and less of the Champagne-like brioche and toast notes. This particular wine begins with citrus, mineral, and pear aromas and finishes with a warm, creamy, and short finish. Pair this wine with all styles of cheese, cured meats, and fried tapas.

Pere Ventura Tresor Rose Cava from Spain $15

 

If you haven’t had a chance to watch the Grammy performance of Bruno Mars’s song “That’s What I Like”, here it is (you’re on your own with the satin sheets):

 

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