Quick Sips — 07 September 2013
Sparkling wines and roses to beat the heat

By Bob Hosmon and Mark Gauert

Fed up with the doldrums of a lingering summer? Then go for something different. Paint the town “pink” with some easy-to-like, quaffable rosé sparklers. These bubblies, whether enjoyed solo or with foods, can turn any time and any day into

something special.

Poema Cava Brut Rosado, a very affordable sparkling wine from Spain, is light and fresh and easy on the palate. It nicely complements baked ham, grilled fish (try it with salmon) and cold cuts (I like it with hard salami). SRP: $13.

Caposaldo Sweet Pink Merlot Moscato is only slightly sweet, but just enough to appeal to virtually any palate and pair nicely (surprise!) with grilled burgers and baby back ribs. This versatile Italian bubbly blend can also be enjoyed with desserts like fruit tarts and American cheesecake.  SRP: $16.

Taittinger is one of the great producers of champagne, and the Taittinger Prestige Rosé is testimony to their well-deserved reputation. This French “pinkie” is fresh and fruity and always welcomed as a special aperitif. I like it with popcorn, while watching a favorite old movie on TCM.  SRP: $65.

Far more than just a pretty bottle, artist Scott Campbell’s new SAVED rosé is a palette of palate-pleasing strawberry and citrus fruit flavors. Veteran California winemaker Clay Brock worked with Campbell on the wine, which Scott calls “a pink wine for tough guys.” And, everyone else. Just now launching, SRP: $15.


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