Everyone thinks of rosés as summer wines, but as the steamy summer days wind down, there's no reason to push them off the wine rack! Rosés with all their intriguing variations from deep rose to crystal clear, are perfect for pairing with many types of foods or just for enjoying by themselves year-round.
Take, for example, Gris Blanc 2012 from Gérard Bertrand. This perfectly clear wine comes from the South of France and is just as fresh and lovely as its pink siblings. Serve this fruity and crisp, dry wine with seafood, baked fish or oysters.
Jaja de Jau, a slang word referring to local regional wines, is peppery with black currant, smokiness and hints of kirsch. You'll feel like you're in a neighborhood bistro in France as you sit back and sip.
Chateau Domaine de Lancyre, a French wine from a Chateau dating to the 1500s that was built on the ruins of an older fort, has a rich tradition. High above the Mediterranean Sea, the winery is one of the top estates in the Languedoc region, blending Syrah, Grenache and Cinsault. Pair with vegetable dishes, salads, and much more for all-year-round drinking.
Villa Des Anges, 2011, an old vines rosé, is light bodied and very crisp. This Vin d' Pays d'Oc is made from 100 percent Cinsault from a winery on the ruins of an ancient Roman villa. Serve this with seafood, grilled white meats and many types of salads. You won't want to keep it just for summer.
From South Africa comes Mulderbosch Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé 2012, rich and fruity with the flavors of small black berries. The barrel aging lends the wine spicy notes of cedar wood. With lots of fruit and good balance, it has won numerous awards.