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What to pair with leftovers?  Sparkling Rose of course.  I really dig sparkling roses and look for any excuse to drink them.  Since my wife really dislikes sparkling rose, I’m wondering if this, in part, one of the reasons why I really like this bubbly.  Can’t figure that one out.

To pair with our leftovers, tonight’s drink of choice is the Wolfberger Sparkling Brut Rose and the Francois Montand Sparkling Brut Rose.

sparkling-rose-post1Wolfberger Sparkling Brut Rose

$18.99 at Let’s Talk Wine in Chesapeake.  From the Alsace.  I first had this wine early last year at Vino Volo at Dulles airport and it has since been one of my favorite go to sparkling wines.  Made from 100% Pinot Noir.  Salmon color.  Very fresh – strawberry and watermelon with slight hints of bread dough on the nose.  Clean and crisp watermelon finish.  (this one was finished off before I remembered to snap a photo)

Francois Montand Sparkling Brut Rose

$12.99.  Light salmon color.  Refreshing, light nose of cherry, strawberry, apricot and slight hints of lime spritz.  Clean finish with more apricot/strawberry sauce.

Both of these are great bets for under $20 and will pair well with your in-laws and holiday leftovers.   I noticed that Deb at Good Wine Under $20 recently posted a list of under $20 sparklers which will also go well with a diverse holiday menu.