Rose wine always a favorite of mine for years and will drink it year around. I wish to dispel the myth that anything pink and in a bottle tastes like the dreaded sweet “blush” wines so popular years ago (aka white zinfandel) No my first love in the world of wine is dry rose. Dry, intense, fruit forward roses, that make excellent summer sippers, whether drinking with or without food.
Here are just a few of my recommendations:
2013 Chateau Miraval Cotes de Provence Rose
A joint venture between Famille Perrin and Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Jolie and Pitt settled into their 1200 acre estate in 2008, purchased for a mere 54.9 million dolars.The estate includes 50 to 60 acres of vines which the Jolie-Pitts have collaborated with The Perrin family of Chateau de Beaucastel to produce this exceptional rose.
The wine is a blend of Cinsault, Grenache, Rolle (Vermentino) and Syrah.
Miraval Rose is light and refreshing, with hints of strawberry and mineral notes, excellent for pairing with light dishes such as fish, and salads. Retails for $24-$27
2013 Chateau de Campuget Costieres de Nimes “Tradition de Campuget” Rose Rhone France
This wine from southeastern Frances Rhone Valley, has a wonderful long finish and full flavor with hints of strawberry and black currant. Perfect choice to enjoy in the summer months with salads, and barbecue.
Retails for around $14
2013 Charles and Charles Rose
This wine hails from grapes sourced from Washington State’s Columbia Valley, a blend of Syrah, Cinsault, Grenache, Counoise, and Mourvedre. It is a collaboration between two winemakers-Food and Wine’s 2009 Winemaker of the year, Charles Smith (K Vintners and Charles Smith Wines), and Charles Bieler (Three Thieves, Bieler, Pere et Fils, Sombra Mezcal) Their promo and tagline for Charles and Charles is “Yes, You can drink Rose and still be a bad ass”: Which states the obvious!
This wine is bright, refreshing and fruit forward with strawberry and hints of watermelon, and balancing minerality. Retails for about $14.
2013 A to Z Wineworks Rose
Of all the roses featured, the A to Z Rose has to be the one wine with the biggest boldest flavor and a much fuller body. Made from 100% Sangiovese grapes that are grown in Southern Oregons’ Del Rio Vineyard, with diurnal temperature shifts of 60 degrees, which are known to make for some big bold red wines, this rose brings it with the biggest, boldest flavor. Intense red berry and long finish, while maintaining brightness and hints of acidity for balance.Will stand up to your spiciest BBQ!
Retails at $13