A French Sparkling Rosé That Evokes Emotion

Posted on: April 15th, 2013 by

Hey, did you hear I got nominated for a Saveur Best Food Blog Award? Yes, in the category of Best Wine or Beer Blog! This post was going to be about that exciting news. But certainly a fair number of people who haven’t read my blog before are going to discover it via Saveur. And they would be thinking, “Duh, I already know you’re nominated. That’s how I got here. What a crock!” So to new arrivals, welcome and thank you. Let’s get straight to the wine!

Long-time readers are already well-versed in my penchant for prose concerning sparkling rosé. Not only are they fun to look at as well as fun to drink, but sparkling rosés are some of the most food-loving wines on the planet. Everything from a serious seafood dinner to a leftover fried chicken afternoon picnic are made that much more romantic and/or delightful by a bottle of pink bubbles. Now certainly there are wonderful rosé Champagnes that will give you (and someone else) immense pleasure in the most life-affirming manner possible. But for a less costly alternative in French sparkling rosé, I am extremely fond of the 2010 Antech Cremant de Limoux “Emotion”.

2010 antech cremant de limoux emotion

Lost in Emotion

Down in this part of Southern France, the Limoux region (map), they’ve been making sparkling wine FOREVER.  Like, well before even the Champagne region: try 1531. (PS: Thank the Benedictine monks of Saint Hilaire the next time you enjoy sparkling wine.) A quick perusing of winesearcher.com shows it at an average cost of $12/bottle. Wowzers, that’s fantastic. The 2010 version, which I am currently enjoying, is a blend of 60% Chardonnay, 20% Chenin Blanc, 10% Mauzac, and 4% Pinot Noir. But don’t worry about the numbers. Just enjoy this pale, berry-tinged, dry rosé when ever you need a shot of emotion in your world.

saveur best food blog awardsAnd, speaking of emotion (see what I did there?), I certainly ran the gamut of emotions I have known (and not known) possible upon hearing I was nominated for a Saveur Best Food Blog Award. Voting runs until midnight, April 19th. Please vote! (The badge will also send you to the voting arena with a click.)

Other nominees in the category: Alice Feiring, Guys Drinking Beer, The Thirsty Wench, Good Beer Hunting, and Beer Dorks. Happy drinking and voting!

Billy Squier’s Emotion in Motion brought to you by Tim Yates. I deeply regret not being able to find an image with a Creative Commons license for “Lost in Emotion” by Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam, which I much prefer to Billy Squier.

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9 Responses

  1. Denise says:

    Multiple greatness in a single post — congrats on the nomination, fried chicken, and Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam. Nothing could be better!

  2. Very best of luck to you and congrats again!
    I just posted a similar post… Well minus the wine and the leftover chicken 😉
    I bet we will both be sitting at the edge of our seat next week when the results of the awards come in eek!!

    • Jameson says:


      Thank you so much; I’m sure we’ll both be on pins and needles. Here’s to a future full of (savory) Cornish splits and sparkling rosé!



  3. Love sparkling rose and fried chicken! I like it better with many dry German whites. Did a recipe with pairings post and it’s gotten a ton of hits. Congrats on your nomination!

    • Jameson says:

      Thank you, Wendy!

      I am pro-dry German whites with this match as well. Though I’ll say just give me sparkling wine with anything breaded and fried.



  4. Hi Jameson,

    I’m late to the party with commenting on this post but I LOVED it so much.

    First off, Sparkling Rose Bubbles are what I live for and try to drink multiple times per week. One that I have been enjoying for the price and lovely, easy-drinking taste is the Louis Bouillot Brut Rose sparkler. It’s yum. I had a glass last night with a little onion & gruyere tart…

    Second, I do have a new recipe for fried chicken made with Kettle Chips that I need to test out so will have to try to find your recommended sparkler and try them out together!

    Also, LOVE the Billy Squire – Emotion in Motion was one of my faves growing up…


    • Jameson says:


      Glad you found my post and thank you for your great comment. Yes to potato chips and sparkling wine; you’ll love it!



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