Perhaps less known—and a perfect summer drink for a deck or backyard party—is a glass of rose bubbly from Saumur, the area in the middle of the Loire that makes the region’s best sparkling wines. Saumur is made by the traditional method used to make true Champagne. The ones made with Cabernet Franc produce sparklers that are deep pink with berry flavors, and a sweetness that makes them good as an aperitif as well as a dessert pairing. “It’s a great wine with chocolate cake,” says Lowell.
These wines are worthy indulgence any time of the year, but especially during the summertime when livin’ is easy . . .and light.
Ann Trieger is a freelance writer from the Boston area.
Suggested Loire Wines
Wine suggestions from Jay Hedlund,
Falmouth Wine and Spirits
322 Palmer Ave., Falmouth
2009 Domaine de la Fruitiere, Muscadet, Petit M $12
2008 Charles Bove Vourvay $16
2008 Domaine de Saint Pierre Sancerre $25
Non-Vintage Loius De Grenelle Sparkling Saumur Rose $18