I feel so passionately about drinking sparkling rosé, especially examples made from unusual grapes like Nerello Mascalese, that I’d gladly pedal this pink bicycle around town to try and win new converts. I have had a lifelong (well, since I attained legal drinking age) love of dry rosé and my feeling is adding bubbles just makes a good thing better.
I had the chance to prove this sentiment once again with a bottle of Valdo Nerello Mascalese Brut. (Valdo is an Italian winery best known for its Prosecco.) Though I’ve had red wines made from Nerello Mascalase in the Mount Etna area of Sicily, I didn’t expect to come across an example in pink and sparkling form. (Clarification: the Nerello for this sparkler is not from the Etna region.) It’s a fresh and refreshing fun bottle of bubbles to enjoy on any occasion. Hell, opening a bottle makes whatever you’re doing an occasion.
You don’t need an excuse or reason to drink sparkling rosé. You just need to have a festive spirit.
This bottle was a free sample. Bicycle photo courtesy echiner1.
Update: The Valdo is now a blend of Nerello Mascalese from Sicily and Glera from the Veneto (Prosecco country).