I’ve heard it all… “It’s too sweet.” “Not white zinfandel!.” “I can’t drink pink.” …
That’s what they say. But, on the contrary, you can drink Rosé and still be a sophisticated and erudite individual. Few styles of wine are as food versatile, enjoyable and diverse as Rosé. No wine is as refreshing to quaff during the afternoon of a midsummer’s heat wave. From some of the world’s most expensive and complex Champagnes (Cristal Rosé $499.99 for instance) to the crisp, uncomplicated Rosésdrunk on an everyday basis in the villages of the south of France and beyond, it is hard to find a more easily enjoyable wine than a delicious Rosé.
One of our hot new arrivals, a bottle that’s definitely difficult to keep on the shelf before it disappears, is the Broadbent Vino Verdhe Rosé ($9.99) from Portugal. A deliciously fresh wine, singing with notes of watermelon and stewed red fruit and sparkling with a hint of effervescence, this summertime sipper is a great way to compliment an afternoon picnic. Also a wine that stands up well to a bit of pepper spice, recently I’ve been enjoying this bottle alongside a plate of Jerk chicken as a casual weeknight treat.
Hailing from the Sonoma Coast, the Heintz Vineyard’s Rosé of Pinot Noir ($16.99) is an excellent example of this grape’s versatility and ability to shine in different winemaking styles. One of the three varietals used in the production of Champagne (the other two being Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier) also long renowned for producing some of the greatest red wines in the world, this finicky and difficult to cultivate grape displays it’s “true colors” in this Rosé from Charles Heintz. Resplendent with hints of blood orange on the nose it follows through with succulent essences of rhubarb and strawberry with a crisp, cleansing acidity on the palate. This would be an excellent accompaniment to grilled fish or a perfect way to wish the sun farewell on a balmy evening.
Produced in the only A.O.C. entirely dedicated to the production of Rosé, the Chateau De Trinquevedel Tavel Rosé ($17.99) is in essence a grand cru quality bottling. Exploding forth from the glass with luscious aromas of the ripe, red berries of summer and fresh plucked rose petals completed by an excellent viscosity on the mid-palate and balanced by a bright, refreshing acidity. Equally at home on a white table cloth as it is on a backyard picnic table, few wines I have tasted are as nuanced or interesting as this amazing Rosé. A perfect pairing for your next sushi or sashimi night as well as a great compliment to cedar planked Salmon, one could also simply enjoy as refreshing way to pass a warm summer day.
Eric B., Beltramo’s Wine Consultant