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11 May 2020

Best sparkling rosé

Kick start your summer celebrations with a bottle of Best Buy pink fizz.
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Alice Williams

We asked wine experts to test eight supermarket sparkling rosés from £8 to £14 to find the best pink bubbles for your summer barbecue.

Our panel was looking for fresh and juicy wines perfect for celebrating. We tested bubbly from Tesco, Co-op and other supermarkets and our results were published in the June 2019 edition of Which? magazine.

The sparkling rosés we recommend work just as well for raising a toast as they do accompanying nibbles while you’re waiting for the barbecue.

Best sparkling rosé

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Aldi Fleurs De Prairie Sparkling Rosé NV

£8.99 for a 75cl bottle.

Described by Aldi as a ‘beautifully elegant French fizz’ with a creamy palate and hints of strawberry. It works best enjoyed as an aperitif.

Is this the best wine for kicking off your garden party? 

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Asda 24KT Pinot Noir-Rose Brut

£12 for a 75cl bottle.

If you’re after a versatile pink fizz, this Italian wine might be a contender. Asda claims it works just as well as an aperitif as with antipasti, sushi or spicy dishes.

But what did our expert panel make of it? 

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Co-op Irresistible Sparkling Rosé

£8 for a 75cl bottle.

This Co-op Prosecco-style sparkling rosé might appeal if you’re after an Italian wine on a smaller budget (it’s the cheapest we tested).

Is the price an indication of quality or does it beat the competition to be a bargain Best Buy? 

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M&S Graham Beck The Rhona Brut Rosé

£10 for a 75cl bottle.

Made of a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, this South African sparkling wine is made in the same way as Champagne with a second fermentation happening in the bottle.

Find out how this affects the taste.

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Morrisons The Best Vintage Cava Rose 2016

£7.75 for a 75cl bottle.

The only Spanish rosé in the line-up, this wine has been matured in underground cellars for 12 months to deepen the flavours.

Does this make it stand out from the crowd? 

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Sainsbury's Taste the Difference Crémant de Loire Rose

£9 for a 75cl bottle

A sparkling rosé from the Loire valley that’s suitable for vegans. Fish and dairy eaters can serve it with smoked salmon canapés and mini pavlovas, though.

It’s a little different to other wines we tried, so will that be to your personal taste? 

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Tesco Finest Cremant de Limoux Rosé 2016

£12 for a 75cl bottle.

This pink fizz comes from French vineyards and has a fruity flavour with hints of strawberry and raspberry.

This wine is on the pricier end of the spectrum, so is there any reason to choose it over a cheaper bottle? 

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Waitrose San Leo Rosato

£10.49 for a 75cl bottle.

This wine comes from the native Italian Nerello Mascalese and Glera grapes. Waitrose recommends drinking it with cold prawn starters or fresh ripe strawberries.

But before you rush out to shops, see what our expert panel had to say. 

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Prices correct as of May 2019.

Five tips for the best rosé

1. When in doubt, choose an Italian wine

If you’re looking for a sparkling rosé but you’re overwhelmed by choice in the wine aisle, our experts recommend choosing an Italian wine. They’re usually a safe bet and good value for money, too.

2. Pay attention to the colour

Pale coloured rosés tend to be the most popular with shoppers, but choosing a darker pink might be a better bet for a barbecue. The deeper the colour, the more flavour has been extracted from the skins, so while pale rosés tend to be more light and delicate, pinker wines can be dryer, juicier and fuller-flavoured, making them a perfect accompaniment for chargrilled food.

3. Serve chilled, but never ice cold

You want your rosé chilled, particularly on a scorching summer day, but serving your wine too cold can ruin its delicate flavours and appealing aroma. The best way to cool your bottle is to place it in a bucket of water with ice cubes.

4. Serve it with food

Rosés are more versatile than you might think. You can kick off with a bottle while you’re waiting for the barbecue to heat up, but it’s also just as good with all sorts of food, such as fish, chargrilled vegetables and fruit salad.

Discover which wines pair best with different foods.

5. But watch out for creamy desserts

Cream doesn’t react well with bubbles, so you might want to start with your sparkling rosé then switch to a different wine to wash down your strawberries and cream.

How we tested

We asked each supermarket to nominate their best sparkling rosé for a summer celebration. It had to be own label or exclusive, within the £8 to £14 price range, vintage or non-vintage.

Each wine was disguised before being tasted blind and then rated by our panel of experts. The experts tasted the drinks in a different order, before discussing their ratings and agreeing on two Best Buy sparkling rosé wines.

Our findings were published in the June 2019 edition of Which? magazine.

Our experts were:

  • Charles Metcalfe Wine taster, co-chair of the International Wine Challenge.
  • Kathryn McWhirter Wine taster, author and translator.
  • Helen McGinn International wine judge and award-winning author.
  • Sam Caporn Master of Wine, wine consultant, speaker, writer and International Wine Challenge judge.
  • Peter Richards Master of Wine, writer, presenter and broadcaster