Filipa Pato Rosé Sparkling Wine

It’s December. Drink Sparkling Wine.

woman on wine with amy reiley

It’s cut and dry: I love sparkling wine. Here are 6 reasons to make you love it, too. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

François Pinon Vouvray Brut, France
This wine is positively succulent with a minerality that makes the mouth water for more. Its flavors of autumn fruit including pear, quince and apple make it a pairing for the season. And at about $20/bottle, it’s an every day indulgence. Love that.

2009 Castell d’Age Cava Brut Nature Gran Reserva, Spain
This wine is cool, edgy. It’s the sort of thing an international trendsetter would sip before breakfast. It has balance—silky but acidic, pretty but big. And at less than $20/bottle, it’s recession chic.

Filipa Pato Rosé Sparkling WineFilipa Pato Rosé Brut, Portugal
Surprisingly sophisticated for the price, (around $20), this bone dry bottle of bubbles offers a straightforward but subtle raspberry flavor that lingers on the tongue in a rather alluring way.

Plouzeau Brut Rosé ‘Perles Fines’, France
In my perfect world, Rosé Sparkling Wine would be served every day. And with this lovely, light bottle of bubbly from France’s Touraine, that ideal becomes affordable. A biodynamic Cab Franc blend, it’s my new pick for what to drink under $20.

2010 Karanika Xinomavro Brut Cuvée Spéciale, Greece
This wine has a lot of similarity to its counterpart cuisine—not quite the norm for the typical Western palate yet the flavors make perfect sense. Think raspberries mixed with bread dough, honey and an unidentifiable herb.

Jean Milan Rosé Glamour Brut Grand Cru Champagne, France
A really interesting bottle of bubbles, this is a small splurge (about $65) everyone will appreciate. It’s both jammy and spicy with a zing of lemon zest that keeps it in balance.  How often do you find a Champagne that hints at sophistication but offers a downright party on the palate?

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