At Peninsula Underground it is known as “Magic in a Bottle,” so named by Sara, our VP of Marketing and PR. Corner 103’s Sparkling Rose’ has long been the go-to sparkling wine of our executive board. It is delicious. It is versatile. It is perfect. And in August it is our wine (and cocktail) of the month.
Speaking of magic, owner Lloyd Davis must be a magician because every wine he releases is ready to drink right away. It’s uncanny. In fact, Corner 103 is one of the inspirations for our mission statement.
Corner 103 sits on the square in the town of Sonoma. Lloyd and Tasting Room Manager Brent Johnson lead their guests in an unparalleled sit-down experience. Each wine is served in its dedicated glass that sits on a customized coaster providing all the stats for that wine. Lloyd and Brent teach you how to taste, how to pair with food, and how to think about wine. One of their basic tenets is that their guests are wine experts because they know what they like. It’s a great way to break down the sometimes intimidating barriers that can be ingrained in the wine industry. For this reason, and many others. Lloyd and Brent are beloved by their guests and wine club members. It should therefore come as no surprise that they were named the Best Tasting Room in America by USA Today in 2020. (And as of this writing they are leading the vote for 2021.)
Corner 103’s Sparkling Rose is 84% Pinot Noir, 12% Chardonnay, and 4% Pinot Meunier. They describe this extraordinary sparkling wine that used the traditional methode champenoise as follows:
“This beautiful salmon-colored wine opens with inviting aromas of strawberry and rose. Flavors of freshly-picked strawberry, red raspberry and brioche dance upon the palate, with a pleasingly full finish.”
Agreed. It is our go-to for parties, celebrations, toasts, and Tuesdays. The point is, we drink it all the time. If you only drink this sparkling straight up you are already ahead of the game. Ah, but wait. Lloyd also has crafted our single favorite sparkling wine cocktail.
Allow us to introduce you to the Corner 103 Rosé-Aperol Spritz. It is the perfect summertime drink and draws rave reviews whenever we serve it. You need to incorporate this in your rotation; it will change your life. Here is their recipe:
• 3/4 cup grapefruit or passion fruit juice, chilled
• 1/4 cup Aperol
• 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
• 4 teaspoons sugar
• 1 750ml bottle of NV Sparkling Rosé (Corner 103), chilled
• Ruby red grapefruit wedges
Whisk grapefruit or passion fruit juice, Aperol, lime juice, and sugar in a large pitcher until sugar is dissolved. Stir in Sparkling Rosé. Serve in a large ice-filled wine glass. Garnish with a grapefruit wedge.
If you want to take this recipe from a 10 to 11, use fresh passion fruit (or guava).
For producing a perfect sparkling rose’ and our favorite sparkling wine cocktail, the Corner 103 Sparkling Rose’ is our August wine (and cocktail) of the month. Visit Lloyd and Brent for a special tasting experience and join their wine club. You can thank us later. Purchase and follow here: