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2017 Sommariva Rosato Spumante Brut 'Il Rosa'

DRINK: 2017 Sommariva Rosato Spumante Brut 'Il Rosa'

EAT: Grilled salmon with dill sauce

PLAY: “Pretty in Pink” – Psychedelic Furs

Just think of a refreshing, sparkly Prosecco rose and you’ve got the idea here.  90% Raboso (ancient Roman red grape), 10% Pinot Nero (Pinot Noir), 15 year old vines grown near this famous bubbly area on gentle sloping hillsides.  While not technically in the DOC of Prosecco, the Sommariva family has long grown grapes in this region many years before producing their own wines. The term “Spumante” is not of the sweet, syrupy liquor store type you snuck in to prom, it instead refers to a wine that is sparkling and different than the Muscat sweet style of Asti Spumante.  These bubbles are bursting with springtime wild strawberries and cherries, but with no sweetness and plenty of mouthwatering acidity and fresh fruit. My mom is always asking “Do you know any little inexpensive rose champagne I can buy?” and this has been my very successful recommendation. A stunning deal at this price!

My parents live in Portland Oregon, and are thus required to eat a certain amount of salmon per year, by law.  Kidding. But my dad loves to put a fresh piece of wild salmon on the grill with salt, pepper and olive oil and serve it with a simple crème fraiche dill sauce.  I couldn’t think of a better wine to bring to their house on a warm summer day to drink with his “world famous” salmon. 

As far as a musical pairing, here’s a no brainer musical combination for this sexy Brut Rose and earthy mushroom risotto.  Pretty in Pink by the Psychedelic Furs, was originally released on their 1981 album “Talk, Talk Talk”, but I always associate it with being a kid watching the classic John Hughes film of the same name.  Molly Ringwald!

- Chris Blanchard, MS


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Pairs well with



90% Raboso, 10% Pinot Noir

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