Sparkling rosé is getting ever more popular. It tastes a lot like its bubbly counterparts (Cava, Champagne, Prosecco), but has additional subtle red-berry and soft-spice flavors. Our testers recently uncorked several top-rated bottles of rosé in a blind taste test, and you don't have to break the bank to get a great bottle.
Our top picks included De Bortoli Emeri Pink Moscato and Korbel Brut Rose. The first is a vivid, fruity style wine with some sweetness, and the second is well balanced, with a slight sweetness. Both of this sell for around $12 and are recommended by our testers.
Check out our Ratings (available to subscribers) of pink sparkling wines for more options.
If you're a traditionalist, who wants a white sparkling wine try either GH Mumm Cordon Rouge NV, or a very reasonably priced Gruet Blanc de Noirs NV. The first is a classic Champagne style bubbly that is intense and complex with ripe apple and yeasty/toasty notes, while the second has an attractive array of fruit that mixes nicely with slight yeasty flavors to make for a tasty blanc de noir. For more, read our report on sparkling wines that shine.
Since freshness is especially key with sparkling wine, avoid any bottle that's been on the shelf for too long. Buy at a wine shop or liquor store that does a high volume of sales. You could also look for a production date, but individual bottles likely won't have one, although the case might.
If you're planning a meal to go with your sparkling wine on Valentine's Day, our experts say that bubbles go well with foods such as sushi, caviar, grilled fish, and smoked salmon.
Not sure what to do with leftover sparkling wine? Cook with it.
Use your leftover bubbly instead of wine in recipes—it goes great with seafood. It also lightens heavy sauces and dishes. You can also give salad dressings some sparkle by adding leftover sparkling wine, or mix up your own dressing from scratch, using your bubbly instead of vinegar. You can also add a splash to desserts. Recipes that incorporate sparkling wine can be found online.