Sparkling Rosé for the Summer

Sonoma County, California- photo courtesy Sonoma County Government

Sparkling wines (Champagne, Prosecco, Cava) and Rosé wines are two of my favorite go-to selections year round. Rosés are high in abundance during the summer months as they are a delicious treat to drink alone and with the lighter summer food selections. Combine the two and you get a crisp, bubbly summer treat. W. Donaldson’s 2014 Sparkling Rosé, distributed by (, is an excellent treat at a solid price point for the offering.
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W. Donaldson Rosé

2014 W. Donaldson Rosé
When to Drink: Now
Varietal: 75% Pinot Noir and 25% Chardonnay
Food Pairing: Seafood, Salads
Average Selling Price: $19.99 when purchased as a Angel
W. Donaldson’s Sparkling Rose is produced in Sonoma County, California. This is a dry sparkling wine with hints of strawberry and cherry both on the palate and the nose. Hints of rose petals are also evident on the nose.There is a slight touch of sweetness that is not at all intrusive. The bubbles are similar to a Cava in that they aren’t overwhelming and hold up through the timeline of finishing a flute of this sparkler. This is a solid wine to enjoy alone or with seafood and light salads.
Wayne Donaldson, formerly of Domaine Chandon, is a noted winemaker with over 27 years of experience crafting the finest champagnes and sparkling wines. Angels save considerably in purchasing this wine. It is normally $33.99 per bottle and Angels can order it for $19.99. If the 2014 is out of stock, consider ordering the 2015 vintage. Visit and learn more about the benefits of participating in their innovative wine club.

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