Sparkling Rosé Wine
40 Under 40
Gold Medal Winner
Winery: Bodkin Wines
Maker: Chris Christensen
Region: North Coast AVA, CA
Vineyards: Dorn Las Lomas Vineyard, Lewer's High Rock Ranch Vineyard, and Souza Vineyard
Awards: 90 pts. - Wine Enthusiast; Gold Medal - Sommeliers Choice Awards
Notes: Watermelon, raspberry lemonade, grapefruit
Price per can: $8
Cans Produced: 26,520
Residual Sugar (per 5 oz glass): 0.0 g
60% Barbera, 20% Zinfandel, 20% Chardonnay
Chris Christensen is a self-taught, envelope-pushing vintner originally from rural Iowa. He burst onto the wine scene in 2011 with Bodkin wines, where he’s known for being the first American to make a Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc. He was recently dubbed the “Bubbles Innovator” on Wine Enthusiast’s 40 under 40 Tastemaker list, and he’s created eleven wines scored 90 points or higher by Wine Enthusiast.
Watermelon, raspberry lemonade, and grapefruit; a bone dry, lightly bubbly Rosé with zero added sugar. This unique Rosé is a blend of Barbera, Zinfandel, and Chardonnay. Chris believes in little guys helping little guys; each component is sourced from family farmers on the North Coast. It’s sparkling, aromatic, and downright quaffable.
- 100% Recyclable
- Doesn’t affect the taste
- No light exposure or oxidation
- No “corked” wines
Pink brush strokes send a joyful, celebratory vibe that only bubbles can provide. The various hues celebrate the diverse array of wines that went into this blended rosé and are a nod to Chris’ blended background – ‘cause blending is beautiful, baby.
Any and all celebratory occasions, or a sunny day at the beach. We like sipping it alongside creamy Chevre or Brie, brunch, or with a fresh, herbaceous vegetable dish.
Whatever happened to pretty, aromatic sparkling wines? The Maker Wine project is about pushing the envelope, it’s about delivering.
The Maker sparkling rosé is dope. It has a grapefruit, watermelon, razzmatazz thing going on. It took three components to get to this level of expression and finesse. Each component brought its own flavor – the wine is the summation of all these expressive pieces, though not discernible as any one of them. It’s a conventional wine made by unconventional means.
This wine was all direct pressed, with the Barbera coming from Dorn - Las Lomas Vineyard in Kelseyville, CA (Lake County), Zinfandel from Lewer's High Rock Ranch Vineyard on the Sonoma Coast, and Chardonnay from the Souza Vineyard outside of Ukiah in Mendocino County.
“This wine is Jennifer Anniston pretty, that razzle-dazzle, that pow.”
Head Honcho Chris Christensen of Bodkin Wines
Chris appreciating his Sparkling Rosé