The color is one of the things that stands out with this rosé sparkler: it’s a lovely, soft salmon pink – so make sure to serve it in clear glasses. There are some florals in the aroma, and strawberry on the palate, with tinges of cocoa and sweet fruit in the finish. This is a young wine with plenty of body, which makes it satisfying to drink. The sleek, shiny bottle also adds a decorative element to the experience.

Recommended — BSE

WHO: Sterling Vineyards

WHAT: 70% chardonnay, 30% pinot noir

WHERE: Napa Valley and Monterey County, California


About The Author

Becky Sue Epstein
International Editor

Becky Sue Epstein is Palate Press’s International Editor. An experienced writer, editor, broadcaster, and consultant in the fields of wine, spirits, food, and travel, her work has appeared in many national and international publications including Intermezzo Magazine, Fine Wine & Liquor, Art & Antiques, Luxury Golf & Travel, Food + Wine, and Wine Spectator. She began her career as a restaurant reviewer for the Los Angeles Times while working in film and television. Epstein is also the author of several books on wine, spirits, and food, including Champagne: A Global History; Brandy: A Global History, and Strong, Sweet and Dry: A Guide to Vermouth, Port, Sherry, Madeira, and Marsala.

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