When raising a toast this month — be it for a wedding, graduation, new deal or new job — think pink. That’s pink as in rosé Champagne. Just as sparkling and dry as golden Champagne, rosé Champagne offers an extra dimension—the fruitiness that comes from some Pinot Noir red wine.
It is the red wine that also gives rosé Champagne its alluring color. Before sealing the bottle for its second fermentation (in which Champagne develops its bubbles), about 12 to 15 percent of “still” (non-sparkling) Pinot Noir is added to the new golden wine. The exact amount is whatever is necessary to reach the winemaker’s desired rosé shade: from light to dark pink, to topaz, copper, even salmon.
Virtually every Champagne house produces at least one rosé, either as a vintage Champagne, a non-vintage or a prestige cuvée. Among lighter-bodied rosé Champagnes, particularly enjoy Laurent-Perrier “Cuvée Rosé” Brut Non-Vintage — a bright, delicious, charming, lively and beautifully made wine. Henriot Brut Rosé is fragrant and elegant with very fine, tiny bubbles. Other lighter-bodied rosé Champagnes that I am always happy to drink are the stylish wines of Dom Ruinart and Perrier-Jouét.
Among the medium-bodied rosé Champagnes, one of my longtime favorites continues to delight. Taittinger “Cuvée Prestige” Brut Rosé Non-Vintage is elegant, lovely — simply gorgeous. Also worthy of praise is Gosset Grand Rosé Brut, Non-Vintage.
A full-bodied rosé, Nicolas Feuillatte “Cuvée Palmes d’Or” Rosé Brut 1996 is stunning — creamy, focused, well-balanced and vibrant, and at 11 years old, still fresh and fruity. Also outstanding among full-bodied rosés is Pol Roger Brut Rosé 1999 — bright, toasty and brimming with character. Both of these Champagnes have such excellent structure, they can easilycomplement meat courses.
The rosé Champagnes I’ve mentioned range from $44 to $60 for nonvintage, from $86 to $190 for vintage versions. That’s a small price to payfor a sparkling drink that looks as enticing as it tastes, and whose very essence seems to say it all: Cheers! Congratulations! Best Wishes! Nice Going! Bravo!
Tucked away between the verdant hills of the Dominican Republic and beautiful waters of the Caribbean Sea, Samaná is the perfect year-round destination. No matter what time of year you choose to visit this hidden gem, you can check things off your travel bucket list. In the summer, escape the busy tourism hot spots and explore off-the-beaten path areas and activities; in the winter, embark on an eco-excursion like whale watching in Samaná Bay.
Start planning that long-awaited trip to the island of Ireland. With all travel restrictions now lifted, there has never been a better time to visit.
The coastal town of Belek in Antalya serves as the setting for the brand new, 5-star Cullinan Belek, named for the largest rough diamond ever discovered. Set along the sparkling azure waters of the Turkish Riviera, the new property boasts its own private white-sand beach, with 600 plush guestrooms (including 10 luxurious villas), all providing sea views. The hotel also has 13 swimming pools, 10 dining venues and five bars.
Museums beckon wherever we go. They amuse and enlighten travelers and bring to public attention historical, artistic, scientific and natural wonders. Most are thought-provoking and educational, stretching our minds and our knowledge of the world. Some, however, stand out as just plain quirky: personal and sometimes whimsical collections, museums dedicated to a unique skill or long- forgotten industry, arcane collections originally designed for scientific study. Others devote their space to sharing a subject that represents one person’s consuming passion.
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The Seoul Tourism Organization participated in IMEX, the world’s largest MICE exhibition, in Frankfurt, Germany, May 29–June 2. IMEX celebrated its 200th anniversary this year.
The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection celebrated an exciting moment recently when Evrima, its inaugural yacht, completed a series of successful sea trials. On June 9, in Santander, Spain, Evrima reached what is considered one of the final shipbuilding milestones prior to launch with the sea trials, a series of tests carried out when the yacht is sailing on open waters. Captain Steven MacBeath led the trials, alongside a team of senior officers, engineers, contractors and shipyard staff.
Considering an autumnal adventure or Thanksgiving trip this year? Well, with walkable cities, cozy pubs and lots of seasonal festivals, the island of Ireland is calling. And if you need more reasons to Press the Green Button and go, take a look and see what awaits you on the Emerald Isle …