In their shiny silver and rose-colored, metallic bottles, these two Sterling sparkling wines are definitely recommended as table decorations – and the wines are also a pleasure to drink.

Crafted with medium mousse, both wines have lovely, appley elements in their aromas and flavors.

The sparkling Rosé carries hints of McIntosh in the aroma. The palate has notes of gently baked apples and baking spices. The wine is lightly creamy, fresh and pleasant all around. And in color, this rosé more gold than pink.

The Blanc de Blancs is easy to drink, with a medium body, apple aromas and flavor notes ranging from fresh apples to homemade applesauce. A note of honey also runs through the palate and strengthens in the finish. The wine feels light and creamy. It is a clear, light gold color.

RECOMMENDE: 90 — BSE

WHO: Sterling Vineyards

WHAT: Rosé: 65% chardonnay, 35% pinot noir

Blanc de Blancs: 100% chardonnay

WHERE: Napa and Monterey, California

HOW MUCH: $22 (media samples)

About The Author

Becky Sue Epstein

An experienced writer, editor, broadcaster, and consultant in the fields of wine, spirits, food, and travel, Becky Sue's work has appeared in many national and international publications including Intermezzo Magazine, Fine Wine & Liquor, Art & Antiques, Luxury Golf & Travel, Food + Wine, www.wine-pages.com and Wine Spectator. She began her career as a restaurant reviewer for the Los Angeles Times while working in film and television. Epstein is also the author of several books on wine, spirits, and food, including Champagne: A Global History; Brandy: A Global History, and Strong, Sweet and Dry: A Guide to Vermouth, Port, Sherry, Madeira, and Marsala.

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