Review: Andre Strawberry Fresa California Champagne

Andre Strawberry

Andre Strawberry Fresa California Champagne is, as far as I am concerned, a wine cooler in disguise. There is nothing you could say or do to convince me otherwise. I don’t care what the label says, what bottle it comes in, or what your friends tell you. As people like to say, if it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it is probably a duck. By that same test, the Andre Strawberry Fresa California Champagne is a wine cooler.

It looks like a wine cooler with its almost unnaturally bright shade of reddish pink. It smells like a wine cooler with its aroma of artificial fruitiness. It has a much lower alcohol content (7.5%) than typical sparkling wines. And it definitely tastes like a wine cooler, so heavy in syrupy carbonated sweetness that it could be mistaken for soda. So no matter what the label says, this isn’t Champagne or even sparkling wine. As far as I am concerned, it is a wine cooler.

Is that a bad thing? Not at all. If you know what you’re getting into, it can actually be glorious. When comparing this to other blush sparkling wines, I would recommend you run away as fast as you can. However, if you compare the Andre Strawberry Fresa California Champagne to some Bartles & Jaymes, I think it really holds its own.