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Sparkler Alert

Rosé was the wine-marketing sensation of the summer, but how does the sparkling version fare for holiday parties? With the help of master sommelier Joshua Wesson, CEO of Best Cellars, we tasted 24 bubbly rosés and came up with the best.


1.Bouvet Rosé Brut NV
$10.99 at Village Wine and Spirit, 486 Sixth Ave., nr. 12th St.; 212-255-0539.
Dry, crisp, and clean, with hints of fresh blackberry and cassis. Energetically effervescent, and a good value.

2.Korbel Rosé NV
$11.99 at Yorkshire Wine & Spirits, 1646 First Ave., nr. 85th St.; 212-717-5100.
The surprise of the tasting: Despite whiffs of bubble gum and watermelon candy, this oft-maligned brand was easy to drink. Perfect for parties.

3.Mionetto Sergio Rosé NV
$23.99 at Shawn Wines & Spirits, 141 Seventh Ave., nr. Carroll St., Park Slope, Brooklyn; 718-622-7947.
Lower in alcohol than most other sparkling wines and packed with fruit, but not overly sweet. Delicious with berries or pungent, soft-ripened cheeses.

4.Gosset Champagne Grand Rosé NV
$62.99 at Crush Wine & Spirits, 153 E. 57th St., nr. Lexington Ave.; 212-980-9463.
Aged in the bottle for a bit longer than most other sparkling pink potions, it boasts tiny bubbles and complex, multilayered flavors.

5.Montaudon Grande Rosé Brut NV
$29.99 at Columbus Circle Liquors, 1780 Broadway, nr. 57th St.; 212-247-0764.
This boutique producer may scrimp on the graphics, but the fizz is delicate and the red-fruit flavors finely etched.

6.Krug Rosé Multi-Vintage
$275 at Park Avenue Liquor Shop, 292 Madison Ave., nr. 41st St.; 212-685-2442.
The overall favorite, although at that price, not for mass consumption. Notes of warm brioche and strawberry make this complex but easy to enjoy. Every bit the equal of a vintage champagne.

7.Henriot Rosé Millésimé 1998
$79.95 at Sherry-Lehmann Wines & Spirits, 679 Madison Ave., nr. 61st St.; 212-838-7500.
The antithesis of fruity sparklers, this is an austere, tightly wound champagne with clear, distinct flavors and rapierlike acidity.

8.Heidsieck & Co. Monopole Diamant Rosé 1998
$134.95 at Sherry-Lehmann Wines & Spirits.
Full-bodied with a lusty, tart-ripe taste that suggests cherries on the other side of sour.

9. Moët & Chandon Dom Pérignon Rosé 1995
$349.99 at Astor Wines & Spirits, 399 Lafayette St., at 4th St.; 212-674-7500.
With an array of scents and savors from buttered biscuits to spiced plums, it’s worth the velvet-rope price, but for savoring.


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