Anything but Standard Sparklers

When it comes to al fresco ­bubbles, we’re conditioned to reach for a lambrusco, brut rosé, or Prosecco. This summer, try going more obscure instead with one of these delightful, lesser-known quaffs.


Photograph by Toan Trinh

Kir-Yianni Akakies

“Greece is in the midst of this really odd but lovable winemaking transformation,” says Island Creek Oyster Bar general manager Tom Schlesinger-Guidelli. That means affordable gems like this sparkling rosé, made from Xinomavro grapes grown in the northwestern part of the country.

$20, Streetcar Wine & Beer.


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Ameztoi Stimatum

This Spanish producer’s rosé txakolina, Rubentis, has become ubiquitous on area wine lists. But don’t overlook ­its Stimatum, a red txakolina that “brings it a few shades ruddier—with a touch more weight and grip,” says ­Michael Dupuy, owner of Streetcar Wine & Beer in J.P.

$20, Streetcar Wine & Beer.


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Bini Denny Levante 90

Just recently available in the U.S., this bottle-fermented malvasia drinks like a dry cider. “There is full aromatic fruit on the nose, but then it’s earthy and bone-dry on the ­palate,” says Eastern Standard sommelier Colleen Hein.

$20, the Wine Bottega.