The Liquor Cabinet

Think Pink: the Best Sparkling Rosé and Champagne

Pink makes every celebration a little more special

It wasn’t so long ago that Australia lagged behind the rest of the world when it came to drinking rosé champagne and sparkling wines. Only three years ago, while globally the rosé champagne market was booming, only one out of every 28 bottles we popped was pink, according to acclaimed Australian wine expert Tyson Stelzer.


Fast forward to 2021 and it’s fair to say that situation has changed. Over the past year, pink bubbles have raced to the top of the hit parade. Industry analyst IRI reports sales of sparkling rosé grew three times faster than the rest of the sparkling market in 2020.


At its heart, the popularity of sparkling rosé is the result of two trends – rosé and premium sparkling wine – joining forces. Rosé sparkling is seen as less “serious” than other premium sparkling wines, making people more comfortable popping a cork for no reason whatsoever than to simply enjoy it.


We’re also “thinking pink” as a fashion statement. A frosty glass of pink bubbles looks gorgeous (and accessorises beautifully with an all-white outfit on Instagram).


But on a more serious note, one of its attractions is it versatility. From the most delicate blushing hue to an arresting hot pink in the glass, from dry aperitif styles to a more structured drop perfect with food or a sweeter demi-sec to pour with dessert, there’s a sparkling rosé for every preference and occasion.

Our pick:

From Victoria’s Italian-hearted north-east, this sparkling Moscato is a modern classic. It boasts a spicy perfume alongside a hit of red berry aromas.

From an immediately arresting bright salmon pink hue to a complex, dry finish, this serious Champagne is a French classic that still has a sense of fun.

An approachable drop marrying the elegance of chardonnay and rich red berry flavours of pinot noir. Great value from Marlborough in New Zealand.

Soft and pale in colour and with hints of ripe berries on the nose, this delicate drop from Victoria’s King Valley region is a fantastic match with seafood and cheeses – or on its own.

Delicate and feminine, this French Champagne has a fine bead and subtle, spicy aromas. Perfect summertime drinking.

Lively and refreshing, these pink bubbles boast pinot noir grapes for power and structure, chardonnay grapes for elegance and minerality and pinot meunier grapes for roundness and balance. Balanced and brilliant.

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