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12 Sparkling Wines We’re Loving This Summer

Look for these great casual sparklers for sunny-day sipping.

By Ray Isle

June 22, 2021

When thoughts turn in June to lounging by the pool or kicking back at a picnic, it’s time for bubbles that feel just as relaxed as you are. Because, really, when you’re in a bathing suit, shades on, do you really want to ponder the intricacies of a tête de cuvée Champagne? (Plus, pouring a $150 bottle into a plastic cup does feel a little weird.) Instead, head toward sparkling wines from California, from France’s Loire Valley and Languedoc, and, of course, from Italy-particularly the latter, right now, if pink is your pleasure.

That’s because Italy finally approved the sale of Prosecco rosé as of January 1. Formerly, Prosecco’s Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC) status didn’t allow for rosés. Wineries found a work-around by labeling pink fizz as spumante, but no longer. New regulations allow for actual Prosecco rosé, as long as it’s made from Glera (the grape of Prosecco) plus 10% to 15% Pinot Noir (hence the color). The Prosecco consortium estimates that total production of Prosecco DOC rosé may climb to 30 million bottles per year; cue the cheering from rosé and Prosecco fans alike.

2020 Bisol Jeio Prosecco Doc Rosé Brut ($18)

Bisol’s Jeio rosé upholds this top producer’s high standards. With delicate bubbles and scents of toasted bread and cherries, it offers a lot of complexity for the price.

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12 Sparkling Wines We’re Loving This Summer