Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Wine Wednesday - Rosé!

With spring time comes one of my favorite types of wine - rosé!  There's not too much better than sitting on the back deck on a beautifully sunny day with a nice, chilled bottle of rosé.  

Rosé has gotten a bad rap over the years with the creation of white zinfandel.  People see pink and they think it's going to be sweet and low quality.  This is such a misconception!  Typically rosé wines are made from red grape varietals such as Syrah, Grenache and Pinot Noir.  The pink color comes because the juice of the grapes, which is white or more clear in color, is left on the skins, which are red, for a short period of time.  Depending on how a particular winemaker does it, this can be just a few hours to a couple of days.  This is where the pink color comes from.

We have already had a couple wonderful bottles of rosé this spring.  The tricky part about telling you which ones we love is that usually they aren't available on the east coast...or really, anywhere other than the tasting room or winery's club.  Some winemakers will make a rosé just for fun, to see how it turns out, and will make a very small amount.  Whenever we're traveling and find that someone we're visiting makes one, we ask beg to try it, usually love it, and buy some to bring home.  So this summer, we're on a mission to find some good, cheap bottles of rosé that you can pick up at the grocery store or big wine store.

The first one that we tried is going to look familiar if you've read other Wine Wednesday posts - I talked about their Rhone blend a couple of months ago - Chateau L'Ermitage.


The Rhone Valley has lots rosés, and ones you can find here!  I have a few on the list to try this season.  

For $10, we picked this bottle up at Total Wine.  It's a screw cap, too, which makes it perfect for picnics, Gold Cup, or other activities where you wouldn't necessarily have a corkscrew handy.  It wasn't in the regular Rhone section of Total Wine, you have to look for it a bit in the rosé section.  I definitely recommend it - and for $10 you can't beat it!

Don't be scared of (good) pink wines - they are wonderful, especially with warm sunny days!  Cheers!

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