We don’t really need an excuse or a special occasion to pop open the bubbly … but as it’s nearly time for the Oscars, we think it’s practically obligatory. Here’s a selection of our favourite rosés … from affordable options to blow-the-budget spoils! Krone Rosé Cuvée Brut is a paradox of rich, berry fruit and refreshing, natural finesse. Salmon pink, it’s fine and creamy with a punch of juicy, rich berries and is lovely with a creamy prawn and avocado cocktail with spiced lime wedges, salmon with crispy skin crackling and wild rice, or a charcuterie board featuring Parma ham and prosciutto. Around R120.
We also fancy Krone Night Nectar Demi-Sec Rosé 2016 – a distinctive style of cap Classique which is probably the closest in style to the first famous sparkling wines of France a century ago. A subtle salmon blush, this bubbly is all strawberries and cream, with a long, velvet finish, and is fabulous with prawns grilled on hot coals with coconut-lime basting and peach chutney, a sticky pork belly, or strawberry cream cake. Around R120.
Nicolas Feuillatte champagne, (pronounced Nee-ko-la Fur-yat), is the number one selling champagne in France and the third biggest-selling champagne brand in the world. Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Rosé champagne has a beguiling fragrance of fresh strawberries, raspberries and rose petals. Summer berries and velvet bubbles literally dance on your tongue, and the finish is one of luscious creaminess. We’re loving this one … can you tell? This romantic elixir is best drunk in a duet … it’s an ideal aperitif or a perfect complement to treats like sushi or smoked salmon. It also marries well with crayfish, Japanese cuisine, not-so-spicy Asian cuisine and mild cheeses, and is just dreamy with some nice dark chocolate, strawberries and cream or a strawberry soufflé tart. Exquisitely attired in pastel pink and jet black, with a gorgeous gift box, you’ll find it at good bottle stores for around R675. • Nicolas Feuillatte Graphic Ice Rosé is a Demi-Sec champagne … generous and fruity, it’s encased in an eye-catching metallic packaging specially designed to sparkle round the clock … to reflect the rays of the sun and to glimmer in the dark of the night. It’s a delicate coral pink, and tastes of cherry, raspberry and strawberry. Enjoy it on its own or with a smoked salmon salad. Around R580.