Something to Wine About: Sparkling Rosé Two Delicious Ways
While some autumn days might be less than sunny, there’s a sure fire way to brighten your day: sparkling rosé.
Two examples of delectable and fun rosés are Fresh Vine Wine’s Brut Rosé Sparkling Wine and Gancia Prosecco Rosé D.O.C. Both of these rosés are a bold, bright, pink color; the Fresh Vine Wine Brut Rosé Sparkling Wine is just a slightly deeper shade of crimson.
Neither are the pale, barely pink colors one might usually expect from a rosé. Both wines also use the Charmat or Prosecco method to produce their bubbles. This method, in the sparkling winemaking process, traps bubbles in wine through carbonation in steel tanks as opposed to the traditional method or Methode Champenoise.
In the traditional method, wine is bottle fermented and goes through its second fermentation in the bottle to produce bubbles. The traditional method is more labor intensive, and that is often reflected in the price. Both of these wines are an absolute steal!
The first, Fresh Vine Wine’s Brut Rosé Sparkling Wine, is as bold in bouquet and flavor as it is in color. Fruit-forward notes of ripe fresh strawberries and raspberries are up front with lighter notes of green apple keeping the finish fresh.
While this is most definitely a dry sparkling rosé, the fruit-forward flavor keeps it from being too overly dry or acidic. It has a luscious mouth feel and a long finish with notes of red fruit.
While Fresh Vine Wines, co-founded by actress Nina Dobrev and dancer, singer, actress, and fitness guru Julianne Hough, are marketed for a healthier lifestyle, they share info for a 5oz glass of wine as: 94 calories, 1.0 grams of sugar, 3.8 carbs, and an ABV of 11.5%.
And honestly, it’s unlikely after a sip of this wine anyone is going to limit their imbibing to a 5oz glass. The wine produced in Napa California retails for $24.99 at FreshVineWine.com.
The second wine is Gancia Proseccco Rose D.O.C. from Piedmonte, Italy. One might wonder what the initials D.O.C. stand for. The DOC system specifies the production area and methods for each wine, and guarantees the quality standard of certain wines which pass a government taste test.
In the DOC system a DOC wine, which means Denominazione di Origine Controllata translating to “designation of controlled origin,” is the second highest level of quality. The highest level is DOCG which means Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita and translates to Denomination of Controlled and Guaranteed Origin. Lower levels of wine include Vino da Tavola.
These sparkling rosé without a geographical indication are called Vino da Tavola, or VdT, which means “table wine.” Indicazione Geografica Tipica or IGT. This is broadest category. The grapes in IGT wines should come from the IGT region stated on the label, but don’t have to conform to the same strict standards regarding the style of wine.
This sparkling rosé wine is also deliciously fruit forward with some lovely floral notes. This is a dry wine at 11% alcohol, but the fruit forward nature of this wine will most certainly please even your sweet loving wine friends. And it’s another bargain retailing for only $13.95!