April Showers Bring May…Rosé!

Though the weather hasn’t felt like it lately, nothing says spring like a refreshing bottle of rosé. Whether you like your rosés slightly sweet, off-dry or bone dry there is a rosé for any occasion and almost any food.

If you’ve been afraid of trying a rosé due to it’s color or its misunderstood reputation, here’s a little 101:  Rosé is the product of the fermentation of red grapes, where the skins are left on for a short time, resulting in a light color, lower tannins and a lower alcohol level compared to red wines.  The longer the skin contact, the bigger the body and the darker the color.  Rosé is usually made using the same grape varietals as the red wines from any given region. So perhaps if you have been known to enjoy a bottle of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, Sangiovese, Grenache or Tempranillo (just to name a few) there’s probably a rosé to please even the hard-core red wine drinker.

The home of rosé is Southern France, with the French drinking more rosé than white wine. About 75% of the wine production in the Provence appellation is rosé. The production of the Tavel appellation in the Southern Rhone is 100% rosé. Other big rosé-producing appellations in France are Bandol, Lirac, Côtes Du Ventoux and Côtes Du Luberon, with the most common grapes being Grenache, Cinsault, Mourvedre and Tibourin.

Today, most wine producing areas produce rosé, including Spain, Italy, Portugal, Argentina, California, Oregon, Washington and more. Most rosé falls in the price range of $12 to $18 and most of them won’t disappoint you. Below is a list of rosés we currently carry in stock, but we will be getting more as the rosé season has just begun.

Keep in mind that you drink these wines young and for the most part they hit the market  starting in May and are gone by fall, so enjoy them while they last:

Domaine Saint Roch Les Vignes 2010 Rosé (Provence, FR) $14.99 | Mixed Case $11.99  50% Grenache & 50% Cinsault ~  Don’t let the price fool you, it packs a lot of flavor for the price. Delicate & dry this rosé is a staff favorite. Pale salmon in color with aromas of peaches, juicy red berry flavors and lively acidity.

Domaine Sorin 2010 Rosé (Provence, FR) $13.99 | Nixed Case $11.19                            40%  Grenache, 15% Cinsault, 10% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre, 10% Carignan, 5% Rolle, 5% Orgi. A crisp and delightful rosé, soft pink & light orange in color, notes of pears & strawberries. Has nice subtle herbal spiciness on the finish, perfect with fish or summer pizza on the grill.

Triennes 2010 Rosé (Provence, FR) $17.99 | Mixed Case $14.39  This Cinsault dominated blend is produced from the free-run juice and with only 2-3 hours skin maceration. It’s pale blush color sets it apart from the cluster of other rosés on the shelf. Aromatic nose with round red fruits and bone-dry finish. So refreshing and near perfect, we pour it by the glass!

Andrieux & Fils 2010 Côtes De Provence Rosé (FR) $18.99 | Mixed Case $15.19             60% Grenache, 40% Syrah ~ Despite it’s sexy fun bottle, this is a serious rosé. Light rosey-pink color and aromas of wild strawberries & raspberries. Flavors of stone fruits and hints of almond makes for an exotic quaffer with a long finish.

PattonValleyVineyard 2010 Pinot Noir Rosé (Willamette Valley,OR) Reg $21.99 | INSIDER $19.99 | Mixed Case $15.99   100% Pinot Noir ~ Elegant rosé with bright acidity. The entirety of the rosé was aged “sur lie,” on its fermentation lees which makes this wine very complex and rich for a rosé.  Wonderful flavors of tropical fruits, peaches, strawberries & and lemon zest.

And more to come …including 3 direct imports from J. Strecker Selections!

Stay tuned & cheers!
Gina & Jens