Margaret Swaine’s Wine Picks: Bubblies

Bubblies bring a sense of frivolity and fun to any occasion. Find these sparklers via

Astoria Prosecco 2011
$12.95 (87 Points)
This attractively packaged Prosecco (a.k.a. the glera varietal) is produced in the Polegato family’s vineyard on 50 hectares in Italy’s Veneto region. An excellent quality for value, this is a pleasant and lightly fruity sparkler. Pale straw in colour with delicate small bubbles, it finishes refreshing on the palate, making it a lovely aperitif.

Cidery St-Nicolas Rosé
$19.95 (88 Points)
St-Nicolas Cidery is just 20 minutes west of Québec City, on the St. Lawrence River. This salmon-hued medium-dry rosé is made by macerating strawberries and raspberries with the cider. It has fine abundant bubbles, a bouquet of sweet apples and strawberries, medium-full body and a delicious tangy finish. A perfect brunch bubbly with fairly low (7%) alcohol.

Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Rosé
$78.80 (91 Points)
The famous Champagne house reliably produces the finest quality Champagnes in a substantial and complex style. This deep salmon rosé is based on Brut Yellow Label’s blend (about 50% pinot noir with the rest pinot meunier and chardonnay) with the addition of red wine. It has a fruity, yeasty brioche bouquet and is full bodied, creamy textured and full of red berry flavours.