I have loved rosés for years and I have been a cheerleader the whole time. I always say that white zin gave rosé a bad name. Now that Brad and Angelina are making this blushing juice in Provence, the pink stuff is getting some recognition. There is somewhat of a ‘season’ for them but I drink them year round. They can be perfect with salty nibbles and salads and the hearty ones can hold up to charred meats and rich cheeses. Traditionally, the skins of a red grape are allowed to have brief contact with the grape juice. The shorter the contact time with the skins, the lighter the color. Extended time with juice and skins produces some amazing, eye catching color variations from vibrant orangey-pink, almost salmon-like, to nothing less than a vivid hot pink. Here are some of my top picks to make summer taste like spring…
Cotes de Provence, Provence France
Grab it while you can. People are snatching them up perhaps due to the recent 90 point status given from Robert Parker or that it is downright tasty! Fleshy, fragrant, and lovely. Close your eyes and take a big whiff, you will smell lavender and fresh picked berries.
ALWAYS a favorite. This one snagged a 90 point rating from Wine Spectator this vintage. Predominately Syrah with a bit of Grenache, Cinsault, and Mourvedre. Lip-smackingly delicious with remnants of watermelon jolly ranchers.
New Mexico, USA
Two of my favorite things all wrapped up in a pretty little package: Pink bubbles!
Aged 24 months en tirage, this is one heck of a deal. Bright floral nose with dried strawberry and cherry. If snozberries ever had a smell, it might be this. Like you need a reason to open up bubbly?!
Crack open a few bottles of Rose and enjoy with new and old friends! Cheers!