Wallet-Friendly Wine: Martin Soler Rosé Brut Cava

Wallet-Friendly Wine

Our hunt for great-tasting affordable wine.


[Photo: Maggie Hoffman]

Pink bubbly turns a picnic into a party and a weeknight into a special occasion. But man, as much as we wish we could drink rosé Champagne all the time, that stuff can get pricey. Here's a sparkling option that's fun and straight-up delicious, and sells for about 16 bucks.

This isn't a pale pink wallflower: it's magenta hued and crammed full of flavor, like a cup full of sorbet made from perfectly ripe strawberries. The wine is produced from 100% Trepat grapes, a red-skinned variety that's mostly grown in Northeast Spain. It goes through a secondary fermentation in the bottle (like Champagne) and is aged 15 months. The Soler family has been growing grapes in the Penedes region since the early 17th century—this may be fun wine to serve at a big bash, but it also has some serious history.

This fruity wine wants trays of prosciutto and hard cheeses (along with your best party playlist), but if your 'quick drink' date turns into a romantic dinner, you can bring this bottle along, too. Try it with a juicy pork chop or a blushing filet of salmon, cooked rare. Spending a quiet night in? Order delivery and pour it with Thai noodle dishes.

Wine: Martin Soler Rosé Brut Cava
Price: around $16
Importer: Cal Vin & Hocks
Spotted online: Acme Fine Wines, Wine Loft.

About the Author: Maggie Hoffman is a Senior Editor at Serious Eats, based in San Francisco. She founded Serious Eats: Drinks in 2011. You can follow her on Twitter @maggiejane.

Tasting sample provided for review consideration.