Let’s talk Pink Champagne, girls.
Start your reading by first seeing the scene clip from “FUNNY FACE” (above) https://g.co/kgs/5zcoZ2. and then you will truly be in the mood for what lies ahead. Now that the awards season is upon us, here’s another excuse to share the bubbles and celebrate all things Pink and Glamorous.
I just returned from an exclusive tour of my favorite region in France (well, the one with the bubbles) and it included a personal tour of all things pink and bubbly. Here my curated list of favorites to bring some elegant pink bubbles to your next event in all price ranges.
Prestige Rose Brut: The Party Girl of Pink Champagnes by Tattinger
The House of Tattinger is an authentic journey of both a family history and a champagne house that was once lost and found again through sheer passion and commitment. The head of the company, Pierre-Emmanuel Tattinger returned to the family roots through the buy-back purchase of the company in 2006 in a historic move that brought the family name back to its original place as one of the most notable champagne producers in the region. When a bottle of Tattinger is opened at the tasting room, you are experiencing the beauty of this unique and remarkable series of decisions by both a committee and the family who are intimately involved in every aspect of the business. Each champagne house has a signature taste and character in itself that is like a fingerprint that expresses each collection of champagne.
Prestige ROSE Brut is the party girl of the house that benefits from both a high proportion of Chardonnay grapes (30%) with (15%) still red wine in the blend that contributes to its beautiful color and flavor. Tattinger describes their rose champagne like it is a gorgeous and witty woman we all want to know: lively, fresh, voluptuous and the life of the party. I found the taste to be both sweet and crisp, with a price range of $79-125.00 per bottle. This one is a comparable to the high mid-price range. The box is an elegant pink/silver foil bubbly design perfect for a hostess gift. For further information on the house of TATTINGER (www.tattinger.com)
The RUINART Brut Rose Champagne, “Versailles in a bottle“
Once you step into the quiet and hushed elegant world of the RUINART champagne headquarters and enter into the hall at RUINART, a little voice echoes in your head: “Toto, I don’t think we are in Kansas anymore”. Ushered into a waiting room the center table showcased the artistic interpretation of the French tradition of elegance, a chandelier and its own bottles melted together to remind you that it is the oldest champagne houses and the first champagne house created in 1729 and served the court of King Louis 15th of France. The shape of the bottle also reflects this unique history, as it is the same color and shape that began the tradition. The Brut Rose Champagne recently was discovered to have been shipped 250 years ago so it may serve to document its invention by RUINART. The delicious light rose color is the most subtle of the group with just a hint of sugar and after several glasses you won’t feel a thing. (www.ruinart.com) for distribution points. In the Price category this one is near the top of the range. RUINART.com
POL COURONNE Champagne
It was a pleasure to meet the CEO and creator of the POL COURONNE champagne house that is based on traditions that go back to the 19th century and a new generation is taking it on. Thinking outside the box the tasting room is the only one located in downtown REIMS just a short walk from the train station. In this jewel box of a space you can sip champagne on a comfortable chair or outside in good weather at a cafe table. THE POL COURONNE ROSE is a light salmon pink color with very small bubbles with notes of strawberries and raspberries. Created with a curated selection of Pinot Meunier grapes the blend is never too sweet but light and quite right for a rose champagne. The champagne can be ordered through the house directly as they await their US point of distribution. A rose GRAND CRU is also available. If you live in California, or some states (please check) you can have the champagne shipped directly to you without certain taxes and import duties. (Price will vary) http://www.champagne-polcouronne.com
ONE HOPE WINES: Sparkling Rose for a Cause
This winery is a benefit company that supports charitable causes and this pink bubbly supports ovarian cancer research. This lovely sparkling wine is not dry but lightly sweet and bubbly for those who prefer something without a dry finish. Since it is made with a California style champagne method, the time in the bottle is limited but the results are well worth it. The fun of this one is that it makes a great base for cocktails or a lively brunch beverage to share with the girls. The price is on the lower mid-priced end for sparkling wines at about $36.00 per bottle and it has a luxe golden label making it perfect for gifts. Purchase this at: http://www.viaonehope.com/pikkea
GRUEN of New Mexico: Sparkling Rose Wine
This USA vintage is a sparkling wine that is literally so good, you can’t believe the price and the flavor. What’s the secret? Well, the family that produces it has roots in France and in discovering the perfect climate in New Mexico, they found these perfect conditions for growing grapes created a sparkling wine using the champagne methods that re-create the flavor and effervescence of the French original. It has a bright pink color and a juicy strawberry nose with a dense and fresh flavor with good balance and style. It is considered a ‘new world bubbly for those who prefer a fresh and light beverage. This Rose Pink sparkling wine is a lovely option for the Price range from 18.00-26.00 per bottle. Order at: http://www.gruetwinery.com