Do you like your sparkling wines more fruity than yeasty and nutty? Deliciously fresh red fruits are at your service in this Mirabelle Brut Rosé by Schramsberg. Hand a glass of Mirabelle to anyone coming over for dinner, and the evening will be a success. Even if you overcook the chicken.

Mirabelle Brut Rosé is a blend of chardonnay and pinot noir. Why are these two grape varieties often blended together for sparkling? They are two of the three grape varieties used in Champagne production (the third is Meunier), but it is not just that. Chardonnay brings citrus fruits, finesse and longevity (from its great acid structure) to the blend, and pinot noir adds those great strawberry, raspberry and red cherry flavors along with a richly textured body. Sounds like a long and happy relationship to me. That is until the bottle is emptied.

Catherine Bugue is the Star’s tasting panel writer. Her weekly pursuit of a good glass of wine provides a nice supply of choices for the Wine of the Week column. If you’d like to submit a Napa Valley wine for this column, please send it to the Napa Valley Wine Academy, 2501 Oak St., Napa, CA 94559. There’s no guarantee your wine will be chosen to be featured, but all wines will be evaluated and considered.

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