A Toast for Saint Valentine: 2008 Reginato “Celestina” Sparkling Rosé of Malbec (Wine Review)

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, you might be thinking about which wine to share with your special someone. Perhaps something sparking comes to mind? Though French Champagne might be the obvious choice, the Reginato “Celestina” rosé from Mendoza is a perfectly romantic alternative.

As is quite typical of rosés made from the Malbec grape, the color of this wine is a stunning, deep pink that is almost red. The initial aromas of yeast and toast are intense. They are backed by ripe red berries and cherry notes, which continue on the palate. The mouthfeel is dry with a moderate acidity that gives it a nice crisp freshness. Made using méthode champenoise, I found the Reginato “Celestina” to be much more like true Champagne than any other Argentine sparkling wine that I have tried to date. And at less than half the cost, it is a perfectly budget-conscious bubbly with which to celebrate. Very good.

At Marty’s for $21.99.

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Katrin is one of the co-founders of Wine Dine With Us. She enjoys sharing her love of wine on the blog, and is particularly fond of wines from Argentine, Alto Adige, and Germany. A lifelong environmentalist, Katrin has become increasingly interested in issues of sustainability in wine and food, local food production, biodynamics, and organic agriculture. When not drinking wine and writing about it, she is a nonprofit professional, specializing in fundraising and special events.

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