Mark Twain once said, “Too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right.” More than a century later, Americans are doing their part to make rosé Champagne the drink that is just right. Last year, the United States pulled the cork on 3 million bottles of rosé Champagne, raising the pink bubbly to 16.2 percent of all Champagne shipped to this country.
That’s a major step up from about 20 years ago when rosé Champagne was an afterthought, accounting for less than 5 percent of shipments. Then, most of the bottles were sweet. Today, nearly every Champagne house makes a brut (dry) rosé.
All Champagnes are produced from wine made of one, two or three grapes: the white Chardonnay, the red Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Most rosé Champagne features a blend of Pinot Noir and one or two of the other wines, while some rosé is made totally of Pinot Noir. Whatever the blend, rosé’s final color can range from pale orange to pink to rosy coral.
Non-vintage rosé Champagne generally costs more than white non-vintage Champagne, while vintage rosé costs about the same as other vintage Champagne. The prices I list here are approximate and will vary around the country.
I recently tasted 13 rosé Champagnes at Brasserie in New York City and found one beauty after another. For example, Ruinart Brut Rosé, a non-vintage blend of 55 percent Pinot Noir and the rest Chardonnay, imparts the color of a rose petal: a fruity, elegant Champagne ($75). The nonvintage Henriot Brut Rosé, made totally of Pinot Noir, offers a full, crisp, delightful bubbly ($65). Gosset Grand Rosé, a non-vintage made by a small, old Champagne house, blends about 55 percent Chardonnay with Pinot Noir for a pale, rich, pink-shaded wine with delicious fruit flavors ($75). G.H. Mumm Le Rosé, non-vintage, is crisp with lively bubbles ($70).
I found the Louis Roederer Rosé 2008 subtle, pale and fine-textured ($76). Pol Roger Extra Cuvée de Réserve Rosé Brut 2006, 60 percent Pinot Noir, is a big-bodied, sturdy Champagne ($110). Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Rosé Brut 2005 is golden-pink, vibrant, deep-flavored and round, the oldest Champagne of the tasting and still splendid.
So here’s to rosé Champagne and to your health and pleasure.
United Airlines announces a number of new routes.
TAP Air Portugal is adding 15 new weekly flights from the United States and Canada by summer 2020, a new record for the carrier of 71 weekly flights between North America and Portugal.
Welcome to Rhodes, a medieval treasure beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, an island ideal not only for those who want to relax, but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. “The sun island” has more sunshiny days and milder temperatures throughout the year than any other location in Greece. It is, after all, one of the country’s easternmost places and among the first to welcome summer on its impressive beaches. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites, the most important being the Medieval (Old) Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. While on Rhodes, don’t miss a daytrip to nearby Sými. An island of sponge divers and seamen, Sými used to have 30,000 inhabitants before the Second World War and was the richest island in the Dodecanese, despite its small size. Today, Sými attracts many visitors thanks to its beautifully preserved Neo-Classical buildings and the famous Archangel Michael monastery at Panormitis.
Starting in November, guests at Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru enjoy new all-pool water villas that offer twice as much outside space as indoor space. The villa expansions bring outdoor space to nearly 2,000 square feet across multiple “zones,” including sun decks, social spots, over-water hammocks, al fresco showers and dining areas. A 40-foot pool extends into the lagoon; nearby, a shaded, ocean-side living and dining pavilion offers unparalleled views.