Magazine article Sunset

The Party Wine of 2011

Magazine article Sunset

The Party Wine of 2011

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Sparkling rosé usually gets only a cameo role at partiesappearing just for the toast and; maybe, the apps. But it should be the star.

With an enormous gamut of flavors from the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes it's made from, pink bubbly is a celebration in a glass and a great match for party food. Our picks range from $15 - a strong contender from the always-unexpected wine spot of New Mexico - to $50, for bottles that can go up against the best pinks in the world, by sarà Schneider

Perfect pink-sparkler parties

Bright berries and citrus- plus the pop of bubbles and aciditymake brut rosé a great match for a shocking range of menus.

New Year s Eve potato bar

Small, steamed Yukon potatoes - halved, out a little, and topped

Salmon caviar, capers, and crème fraîche

Shelled crab, green onions, and Louie dressing

Sautéed wild mushrooms, caramelized onions, and crumbled bacon

Spicy shredded beef* and chipotle aioli

Football BBQ bash

Root-vegetable chips and caramelized-onion dip*

Barbecued pork ribs* or barbecued chicken

Onion rings or sweet potato fries

Black bean and red peppers salad

Sunday bubble brunch

Classic quiche Lorraine or smoked salmon-filled crêpes*

Maple-candied bacon*

Blood orange and grapefruit compote*

Dried-cranberry scones

*FIND THE RECIPE AT sunset. …

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