Rose Wines for Summer
The Rose choices are getting better and better. Why? Because people have finally shed the psyche that they will taste like White Zinfandel or Lancer’s—not that there is anything wrong with that if that is what you like.
From sparklers to still Pinot noir, Grenache or Syrah Rose, the choices are abundant and the quality is climbing. Here are a few favorites tasted this week. Find a new favorite:
[box]2015 La Pitchoune Vin Gris Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, California ($28)[/box] Zesty, crisp and round rose with good berry flavors that entice the palette, leading to a clean, long finish. Simply delicious. Grab a bottle and enjoy with a loved one at the beach.
[box]2015 Martin Ray Rosé of Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, California ($20)[/box]Citrusy and tropical making this rose a perfect summer sipper. Notes of passion fruit lead to a clean, fresh finish. Delicate and inviting. Crack open a bottle for a night of stargazing. No corkscrew needed!
[box]2015 Vanduzer Pinot Noir Rosé, Willamette Valley, Oregon ($20)[/box] Pungent and pretty with strawberry, lemon and cedar flavors. The rose has a nice earthy finish; its an enticing and beautifully constructed Rosé. Pair it with your favorite salmon dish.
[box]2015 Matchbook Rose of Tempranillo, Dunnigan Hills, California ($12)[/box]Playful and light with violet and peach notes. Great quality to price ratio (QPR) making it a perfect summer sipper for family picnics. Grab some bottles and enjoy the afternoon with friends and family.
[box]2015 Cune Rioja Rosado Tempranillo, Spain ($14)[/box]Piquant and bold, with strawberry aromas and campfire flavors. Build a fire, make some S’mores and crack open a Cune. Life is about having fun, right?
Looking for a good food pairing? Rose is versatile. Try crab, melon and prosciutto, shrimp, lobster, and salmon, to grilled sausages and chicken. Steer clear of spicy foods or you’ll be sorry. Rosé will turn your feisty, zingy Ferrari paced food into a station wagon, dragging down your umami!