Nicky’s Blog: The Wonderful World of Rosé
As we spring into warmer seasons, Rosé is always on my mind. For years this wonderful, classic, warm weather wine has been given a bad rap, mostly due to the 70’s style blush that came in its stead. As a rule the deeper in color the sweeter the Rosé. For most part, these wines were far too sweet. It wasn’t until later that Americans started tasting the beauty of a French style Rosé that our passion bloomed for this lovely wine. A Provencal style Rosé is light in color, and dry with nice minerality. Here in the United States we have adapted to this style with some slight difference due to winemaker’s preference and terroir.
Provence, France is known to produce some of the best Rosé in the world. For centuries Provence and Rosé was synonymous with summer vacation! Travelers from around the world would visit Provence for the beautiful white sandy beaches and to enjoy a delicious glass of chilled Rosé. In fact, the saying in Provence is “Rosé all day”. I currently have the Fleurs de Praire Rosé on my list. The Fleurs is a classic Provencal style Rosé, pale in color with lovely melon and strawberry notes; it’s dry and refreshingly crisp. One of my favorite qualities with French Rosé is how inexpensive they are compared to all other French wine. I have even found them to be less expensive compared to most Washington state Rosé.
Another gem country for Rosé is Italy, known to produce fabulous Rosato (Rosé). Puglia is the birthplace for Rosato. Puglia is the heel of the boot, and is quit the summer experience itself. The combination of heat, beach life and seafood brings a desire for refreshing, crisp white wines. However the heat and flat lands are not ideal for cultivating white grapes. The majority of the grapes grown are primitivio, negroamaro, and malvasia nero. All these grapes can produce a lovely Rosato! The Rosato I have in my cellar is the Calafuria. The Calafuria is from the town San Pietro Vernotic in Puglia, and is produced from 100% Negroamaro grapes. The Calafuria is pale pink in color with hints of peach and lychee on the nose accompanied by lovely floral aromas. On the palate, this wine offers a pleasant freshness followed by delicate savory sensations and a persistent finish.
I cannot in good conscience leave out my home state of Washington. As I said previously Washington has adapted to the French style of Rosé, and typically our Rosé is dry, crisp, and pale in color. Though I have found our Rosé to by slightly darker in color and have slightly higher residual sugar. The key notes that I often come through a Washington Rosé is strawberry! And when I am looking for a wine for difficult pairings such as some grilled vegetarian dishes this is the wine I often go to. David Merfeld, from Northstar winery, started his own label called Merf. He is currently making a wonderful Rosé made of Grenache, Syrah, Cabernet, Mourvdre and Cinsault.
I will be pouring all three of these lovely style wines at my “Spring into Rosé on the 1st of May” event! I look forward to my guests being able to try these wines next to each other to experience what the different country’s terroir can bring to the wine. And, for our guests to get the experience of sunshine and Rosé!
Please call me at 509-996-4707 to book your time at this event!
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