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Who can resist a glass of fresh and lively Roscato Rosso Dolce? Delicate is the apt word for this bright ruby frizzante wine, from its subtle sweetness to its gentle fizz. From Lombardy in Northern Italy, Roscatois made from three indigenous grape varietals which have thrived in the region for centuries: Croatina, Teroldego and Lagrein. Opening with a burst of berry fruits and closing with a soft finish, this low alcohol (7% ABV) wine makes an ideal aperitif and goes well with a surprising range of food. Think tomato-based sauces, spicy dishes and your favorite dessert.
This spritz wine goes easy on the palate but this is because of the skilled work that goes into its production. Each of the three varietals is harvested at different times depending on the optimal days for ripening. Once harvested, they are vinified separately to give them the particular care necessary to enhance flavors and textures to perfection.
Looking for a wine with a similar delicious, uplifting, feel-good effect on your taste buds? Read this guide for wines that rock like Roscato.
Top 5 Best Wines Similar To Roscato Rosso Dolce 2021
Designated as Denominazione di OrigineControllata e Garantita(DOCG) Italy’s highest wine designation and seeping with tradition Brachettois a sparkling red. Made from its namesake grapes, it has thrived in the northwest region of Piedmontsince since ancient times. Legend even goes that Roman emperors Marc Anthony and Julius Caesar wooed Cleopatra with bubbly from this grape so you will be in good company when you enjoy it.
Alasia from Alasia in Piedmont is a beauty of a Brachetto. It is an exquisite pale ruby red and has a crushed rose and raspberry bouquet. The palate is delicately frizzante with flavors of fresh berries and its sweet tones are balanced by glittering acidity. Like Roscato, Brachetto is a lovely aperitif and the perfect accompaniment to fruit salads and desserts, especially those featuring chocolate.
Brachettod’Acqui is often linked to love and Valentine’s Day but does not wait to pop open a bottle. Give yourself and your friends a little love today!
Just in case you missed the good news the first time around, Prosecco Rosé gained long-awaited Denominazione di OrigineControllata (DOC) status in the spring of 2020. If you were in paradise sipping white Prosecco before this announcement, you will be in the seventh heaven with a glass of Prosecco Rosé in your hand. Pale pomegranate pink with a subtle strawberry bouquet and creamy mousse, Prosecco Rosé is a great alternative to Roscato.
A good choice is Prosecco Rosé from famed Prosecco producer La Gioiosa in the heart of Veneto. Made from a blend of Glera and Pinot Noir grown in Italy’s northeastern Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia areas, this fizz has a silky mouthfeel with fruity, floral notes. It matches well with finger food, shellfish, cured meats, and vegetarian cuisine.
La Gioiosa approaches its viniculture with the environment in mind so bonus points for these pink bubbles.
Another wine with an impressive pedigree (it dates back to the Bronze Age), Lambrusco comes in many guises, but it is the red sparkling which is a good sub for Roscato. It has quite a complicated dynasty spanning sweet and dry wines, but we will save that for another time and stick to the bubbly side of this vibrant red. Frizzante Lambrusco is made from Maestri, Marani, Montericco, and Salaminotraditionally grown in the Emilia-Romagna in Lombardy. It is fairly low in alcohol and fruit led with floral hints throughout and lovely sweetness lifted by its bubbles.
Family winery Picciniproduces a very good Lambrusco which boasts a delightful array of ripe rhubarb, wild strawberry, cherry, and blackberry flavors. It has a charming sweetness balanced by the perfect level of fizz. Grapes are farmed organically, and hand-harvested which gets the thumbs up from us.
It does not have a drop of pink but what it may lack in color, it makes up for in the kind of subtle, sophisticated sweetness that characterizesRoscato. A DOCG sparkling wine, Moscatod’Astiis mostly produced in northwest Italy from the Moscato Bianco grape (more widely known as Muscat). This heady varietal features aromas of blossom and honeysuckle plus mandarin orange, lemon, and pear. It is light, lovely, very drinkable, and hemmed in with a dancing sweetness.
Moscato d’ Asti can pair with pasta, fish, cured meats, and mature cheese but it is a dessert wine through and through so enjoy it with goodies to appreciate it in all its sweet glory. Veneto producer Castello del Poggio makes a sublime Moscato which sports gentle bubbles and a peachy honey palate with white flower notes. Light and refreshing!
Ice wine is rich and viscous, super sweet, and luscious. Blend this with bubbles and what is not to like? Suited to very cold climates, this wine was made by happy accident in Germany in the 18th century and the rest is history. Austria, the USA, and China are also big ice wine producers, but Canada is arguably the leader of the pack. With its hot summers, temperate autumns for grape ripening, and freezing winters for the finishing touches, it has the perfect environment for the production of this labor-intensive ‘sticky’.
Frozen fruit has highly concentrated sugars which is the part (about 10 to 20% of the grape) used in the making of ice wine. The sweet juice means fermentation is a long, painful process but all the effort is worth it. The end product is a sublime, balanced dessert wine. Ideal varietals for ice wine are Vidal Blanc, Cabernet Franc, Gewürztraminer, Merlot, Riesling, Grüner Veltliner, and Chenin Blanc.
Since you are looking for the fizz of Roscato, the perfect pick is Vidal Sparkling from Canadian giant Inniskillin. It displays peach, orange, and honey throughout balanced by citrus, tropical fruits, and fresh acidity. Pair it with oysters, tuna with chili, and creamy cheeses. A perfect sweet match is crème brûlée.
We love Roscato Rosso Dolce but so much that we can leave it for a while to taste new bubbles. These 5 fizzes are ideal alternatives to this joyful, red Italian classic.