We should have seen it coming. With “Rosé All Day”–adorned coffee mugs, T-shirts, and tote bags, the pink drink is having yet another round of its 15 minutes. Rosé Champagne however, with a capital “C,” is, let’s say, less pool party and more posh. To earn the Champagne title, the wine must hail from the eponymous northeastern region of France, which means (spoiler alert!) prosecco and cava are sparkling wines, but alas, not Champagne. For the holidays—or, if you’re one of my best friends and it’s just a Tuesday—you might pop a top and declare the moment a true celebration, prevailing upon expectant guests, friends, and family the ethereal delight of Champagne.
Unsure if your predilection is too indulgent? Be like Lily. Lily Bollinger, who for decades helmed the famed and still family-run Bollinger Champagne house. In her words: “I drink it when I’m happy and when I’m sad. Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone. When I have company, I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I’m not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise, I never touch it— unless I’m thirsty.”
TAITTINGER PRESTIGE ROSÉ , $67
This fizz is from Reims, the place that started it all. It’s a blend that takes more production and thus a little bit more cost to bring to life.
NATHALIE FALMET TENTATION ROSÉE, $66
France’s Nathalie Falmet studied chemistry and has a diploma in oenology. She took over the family vineyard and produces a lovely bottle bursting with independent craftswomanship.
RUINART ROSÉ , $90
A splurge for sure, but also one of the oldest Champagne houses and most elegant sips to savor the sublime. Try it for a Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve showstopper.
All of the above are available at Northampton Wine + Dine: 211- A E Broad St, (864) 271-3919, northamptonwineanddine.com
ÉTIENNE CALSAC, ROSE DE CRAIE , $50
Is it the limestone and chalk in the soil, or the limited-release, 1,300-bottle production that makes this bubbly a sure bet for a good time? Cheers to finding out.
Available at The Community Tap: 217 Wade Hampton Blvd. (864) 631-2525, thecommunitytap.com