While Summer time is a popular time for rosé wines it is now becoming popular to have a rosé wine any time of the year. In recent years there has been an increase in the popularity of rosé wines. Rosé wines get their color from the grape skins (for different shades of rosés see Wine Folly). Rosé wines can be still, semi-sparkling and sparkling, with a wide range of sweetness levels. The color of rosé depends on both the grape varieties and winemaking techniques used (skin contact, saignée and blending). Nick Bordeaux's article notes that there has been a renaissance in rosé wines (both sweet and dry), with sales increasing each year. Some of the reasons for the increasing popularity of rosé wines are the improvement in the overall (1) quality and (2) diversity of rosé wines available.
Rosé wine is one of my recent discoveries. This is because over the years I had avoided rosé wines. For my perspective many of the earlier rosés truly sucked, at least the ones I tasted did. Stacy Slinkard notes earlier the market was flooded with White Zin look alikes. In the last few years if you have tasted rosé wines chances are that you have discovered some amazing rosés. My palate has a preference for the drier rosés, either still or sparkling. For those of us preferring dry rosés this makes many of the new rosé wines absolutely perfect. However, if you prefer the sweeter rosés you will find there is lots of choice as well. Both the improvement in the overall quality and the diversity of rosé wines means there is wider range of options for everyone.
At the end of 2012 I created a wish list of wines for New Years Eve. Yes, on that list there were rosé wines. Here are a few rosés that I put on the list:
1) Terra, Kalecik Karasi Roze, Turkey 2011; two other Turkish wineries Arcadia and Suvla,
2) Alma Negra, Misterie Rosé or Sparkling Rosé of Malbec, Argentina,
3) Pomar Junction Vineyard, Syrah Rosé 2011, Paso Robles AVA, California, and
4) J. Lohr, Gesture Grenache Rosé 2011, Paso Robles AVA, California
Yes, I am now working on completing my list for 2013. Here are a few recent rosés that I have tried this month.
A few recent rosé wines
Earlier this month we were in Woodinville, Washington State. Our first stop was at Columbia Winery. One of the wines that I tasted was a Rosé of Grenache, Columbia Valley, 2012. The winery's tasting notes does a nice description of this wine. With only 3.5g/L of sugar this wine is pleasantly dry. I loved the fruity, and the Cranberry and other berry aromas. The wine has good acidity. It is fruity on the palate with a nice crisp finish that makes me think of Cranberries. This wine definitely makes me think of YES, Cranberries.
Two Okanagan Valley British Columbia rosé wines are also amongst by my latest rosé discoveries. Gray Monk Rotberger, Okanagan Valley BC VQA, 2012 and Mission Hill Family Estate Rosé Okanagan Valley BC VQA, 2012.
These three recent rosé wine discoveries are on my list for short list consideration. My Rosé Journey will continue. If you are interested other rosé wine recommendations then check out Gayot’s Top 10 Roses. Yes, it is a perfect time for rosé wines. You can check out my wine travels at Spaswinefood, or visit my travel column at the Examiner.
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