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Other Sparkling Rosé

This category is not, let’s be honest, going to be the first wine on any sommelier’s list. As our judges pointed out, rosé fizz basically means champagne, or possibly English or cava (plus, any time now, prosecco).

But that doesn’t mean these pink sparklers don’t have a use. Particularly if you’re looking for wines that are better value and more easy-drinking. So our tasters’ reaction to these was largely governed by whether they could envisage their customers sitting outside in the sunshine happily swigging something pink and juicy without thinking about it too much.

If they could, they liked these. If they couldn’t, they largely dismissed them – which, as much as anything, probably explains the large number of ‘Commended’ wines here.

From The Tasting Teams

‘There was a lovely mix of different styles and grapes here, with some sweeter than others. The prices were good, with some nice mark-ups to be made, and fantastic by the glass too.’ Nelio Pinto, Candlesticks

‘This wasn’t the highlight of the day. A lot of these were more suitable to a pub environment, for the less-questions-asked crowd.’ Carolina W Seibel, Comptoir Café and Wine

‘It’s difficult to sell anything that’s outside Champagne or cava. Producers have to look more to quality, instead of producing something cheap.’ Juan Manuel Marcos Perez, The Gilbert Scott

‘A couple of the northern Italians were a good option as a house sparkling rosé pour.’ Jan Konetzki, team leader

‘With sparkling rosé the price point is important. Some of the lower priced here were more fun, easy-drinking and good if you have a big group. They were nice ice-breaking wines.’ Michael Driscoll, Careys Manor Hotel

‘They weren’t serious wines, but wines to just enjoy and not think about. Easy to sell, especially as an alternative to prosecco.’ Nelio Pinto, Candlesticks

Award winners

Found 13 wines

Sparkling: Rosé, excluding Champagne

Cavit, Lunetta, Rosé NV, Trentino, Italy

Gold medal winner

'A fresh and easy-drinking style, with some good bubbles too.'
Rui Pereira, Cavalry and Guards Club.

'Notes of blackcurrant leaf, lime zest and liquorice root, with some background minerality too.'
Sam Winterbottom, The Albert Square Chop House.

'This is fresh, clean and fragrant, with good complexity. Great value for money.'
Mattia Mazzi, Cornerstone.

£8.25 Boutinot

Accolade, Da Luca, Rosato Spumante NV, Veneto, Italy

Silver medal winner

'With light strawberry and raspberry notes, as well as some watermelon, this is light and very easy-drinking, and has massive appeal for by the glass.'
Claire Love, Loves Consultancy.

'Perfumed pear notes with some wild strawberries and a creaminess, and hints of cherry too.'
Tom Forrest, team leader.

'Fruit-forward and charming.'
Deniz Bayram, Novel Wines.

£7.91 Matthew Clark

Ackerman, Cuvée Privée, Crémant de Loire, Rosé Brut NV, Loire, France

Commended medal winner

Emilie Laurance, Crémant de Loire, Rosé Brut NV, Loire, France

Commended medal winner

Pirani, Spumante Rosé, Extra Dry NV, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

£6.75 LWC Drinks

Félix Solís, Comte de Chamberi, Rosé Sec NV, Central Spain, Spain

Commended medal winner

£6.50 Matthew Clark

Akarua, Brut Rosé NV, Central Otago, New Zealand

Commended medal winner

£18.45 Liberty Wines

Rotari, Cuvee 28+ Brut, Trentodoc Rosé NV, Trentino, Italy

Commended medal winner

Masseria Altemura, Rosamaro, Spumante Brut NV, Puglia, Italy

Commended medal winner

£10.34 Zonin UK

Vigneti Cenci, Franciacorta, La Capinera, Rosé Brut NV, Lombardy, Italy

Commended medal winner

£21.01 Matthew Clark

Undurraga, Rosé Royal NV, Leyda Valley, Chile

Commended medal winner

Bottega, Rose Gold, Prosecco NV, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

£18.70 Bibendum

Peller, Ice Cuvée, Rosé NV, Ontario, Canada

Commended medal winner

£23.45 Enotria&Coe