A Rosé is a Rosé
A rosé by any name not need be sweet. In 1975 a wine style so powerful was released upon the world as to be reckoned to a force of nature. A ‘stuck’ fermentation in a previously dry rosé resulted in a sweeter pink wine to be accidentally discovered by millions. While this style became extraordinarily popular and led many people along the path of wine, for which I am thankful, it created the unfortunate perception that all pink wine is a sweet, soft wine not to be drunk once reaches ‘wine maturity’.
While some wines of this ilk do deserve their poor reputation, as they are not well made, balanced wines, most rosé around the world is just the opposite. Ranging in color from the palest pink to salmon to onion skin to border line red, rosés can span the flavor palate as well including, mandarin orange, watermelon and strawberries. While most of our experience with these pink pretties harkens back to our younger wine drinking experiences, many of these wines are products of great tradition with one entire French region solely dedicated to their production (Tavel).
Rosés can be perfect food wines with their ability to bridge the white wine, red wine food gap. Having a nice light, summery salad followed by fajitas? A gorgeous strawberry scented rose with a touch of sweetness to tame the fiery jalapeños is just the ticket. You’re having the salmon while your partner is opting for steak, split the difference with a lusty rosé or Garnacha from Spain.
Don’t let the Rosé Revolution pass you by, be sure and pick up some of these pretty in pink bottles and try them for free this week at our tasting, Friday between 4 and 7.
Vega Del Castillo, Rosado de Lagrima, Navarra 2010: Clear, bright raspberry tinged wine produced from the teardrop (de agrima) juice of a selection of our best Garnacha grapes. Intense fruit aromas, smooth and balanced on the palate. Ideal accompaniment to fish, rice, light dishes and starters. Sale 6.99!!!
Borsao, Garnach Rose, Campo de Borja, 2011: Nothing Evokes the joy of warm weather better than the luminescent color and vibrant flavors of Borsao Rose'. Abundant aromas of warm sun drenched strawberries fill your glass. Delicate sweet baking spices accentuate the fruity flavors. Enjoy this wine slightly chilled with your favorite foods and thoughts of summertime fun. Sale $7.99!!!
Saint Roch Les Vignes, Cotes de Provence, 2011: The Saint Roch les Vignes Côtes de Provence Rosé is France’s quintessential quaffer. An unadulterated blend of Grenache and Cinsault, this excellent import value is the perfect summer wine to share in the shade. Sale $11.99!!!
Victor Hugo, Les Mis, Paso Robles Rose 2011: Enticing aromas of mandarin oranges and lavender predominate with some floral components in the background create lush flavors. This wine has a somewhat fleshy, supple mid-palate followed by a clean, crisp finish. Only $11.99!!!
~ Randy Freeland ~
Sales prices good through 5/30/12