As a Certified Specialist of Wine I am fortunate to present Wine Dinners, Wine Tastings, Wine Education, and Travel for Wine Stories. Inevitably the question will come up, “What do you think of Rosé”? I sometimes chuckle when I hear this question, because Rosé is everywhere now. Especially once summertime rolls around it’s almost as if the shorts, sandals and Rosé come out simultaneously. Rosé has become what Chardonnay was in the 1990’s, it’s on every menu, served at every beach side event and has become the latest darling of the wine world. Rosé is definitely the it girl of the moment.
But the real reason I chuckle is because I know what they are thinking when they ask, “What do you think of Rosé?” They are thinking of the almost syrupy stuff of the past, that pink of the 70’s & 80’s that really can’t be paired with food and is generally reserved solely for beach and pool side settings. The sweet stuff that’s not usually ordered by those with any wine knowledge. And quite honestly, it was probably the first wine you ever tried, when you were underage and had to sneak drinking. (Not that I did that of course…wink wink!!)
But today’s Rosé is nothing to hide! As a matter of fact many of today’s pinks are fabulously complex, balanced, dry and fruity; with flavors of strawberry, cherry, peach, white flowers, and orange zest. Many top Rosés hail from the South of France, particularly Provence and Aix-en-Provence. The gorgeous pale pink and salmon colored Rosés are sheer in color, and even look sophisticated. Theses wines hail from a Mediterranean region, therefore they take on the terroir of the area; with a fresh seaside minerality, high acidity, medium (11.5% +/- ) alcohol. Although many of my favorite Rosés are made from different grapes, they maintain similar characteristics that make it a food friendly wine, that pairs fabulously with a wide range of dishes from fish, seafood, salads, cheeses, chowders, light sauced pasta dishes and grilled veggies.
Some of my favorites include:
Bodvár Rosé No. 1 is made entirely of the Cinsault grape from the Rhône Valley.
Bodvár Rosé No. 5 is a blend of Grenache, Cinsault, and Rolle grapes.
Romance Rosé from Provence Rosé Group is a blend of Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah and Merlot grapes.
Whispering Angel is a blend of Grenache, Cinsault, Rolle, Syrah and Tibouren.
The Palm is a blend of the grapes Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah.
I happen to love Rosé and don’t think it will be losing its popularity anytime soon. This gorgeous line up should keep you happily drinking pink all summer long, and even throughout the year! Cheers!
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