Author: Jack Chase
Mention “Pink” wine in conversation and a very interesting look of disapproval come across faces. Why this reaction to Rose’? It is the stereotype surrounding White Zinfandel and I am here to let you know, the “Pink” wines, are not all sweet. In fact, they can be some of the most approachable, enjoyable wines to be found, not to mention they pair well with foods, if you know what you are looking for. So what are we looking for?
Our first stop, is France. My favorite Rose’ wines come from France. Currently Rose’ sales have eclipsed white wine sales in this country. A wine that I enjoy immensely, is the Chateau Les Valentines from Provence. A blend of Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre and Tibouren, a crisp acidity with a flavor of grapefruit. This wine is light, easy drinking and great with a salad.
Next, we are off to Spain. The Marques de Caceres Rioja Rose’ is a blend of 85% Tempranillo and 15% Garnacha. Serve this wine at about 50 degrees and pair it chicken, pork and as a great companion to Paella. This wine shows floral and mineral on the nose with deep Berry flavors. This is truly an incredible value for consumers.
Now, we are jetting to Italy. I recommend trying the Cantele Negromaro Rosato. A wine produced near Guagnano, it is 100% Negromaro grapes. Serve at approximately 52 degrees and pair it with seafood, intensely flavored soups and are you ready for this…eggs, either poached or scrambled. Strawberry and cheery hints in the nose and on the palate. Another incredible value.
Finally, we land in Sonoma and I am suggesting, the Valley of the Moon Rosato Di Sangiovese. It incorporates a splash of Pinot Noir and Syrah to deliver a balanced and approachable wine that is quite enjoyable on its own but can easily pair with a tomato based pasta dish due to the wine being primarily Sangiovese. A crisp, aromatic wine that will not disappoint. If you are ever in Glen Ellen, visit this winery. It is a beautiful property with some very nice folks pouring some great wines.
I certainly hope this has you thinking about trying some of these wines. They are fun, balanced and delicious.
Cheers until next time!
I am here to let you know, the “Pink” wines, are not all sweet. In fact, they can be some of the most approachable, enjoyable wines to be found, not to mention they pair well with foods, if you know what you are looking for.
Edited by Karie Engels