Tuesday, July 29, 2014

More Pink to Drink This Summer!

When a wine isn't quite red, it's pink! Rose's are most often made in the same way as red, but the black grape skins are removed after only 12-36 hours. Blush wines-also pink, are made from black grapes that have been processed as if to make white wine. The two methods produce medium-dry and light, everyday wines which are at their best drunk young and chilled, 50-55 degrees.

Rose's have grown in popularity, which gives the consumer more options to choose from than ever. Here are some that I've tried in the recent months.

2012 Chateau de Berne Impatience ($19) From the South of France, this  dry, not sweet wine, is fresh with spring flowers with notes of strawberries and raspberries. 

Domaine Le Galantin Bandol 2012 ($19) This is the gem of Bandol near the Mediterranean Sea. It's bright pink color with white peach and wet stone minerality give this a balance and bright acidity. 

2013 De Morgenzon Cabernet Rose' ($12) is a South African winery located in the Western Cape. This is a Northern style dry rose'.

2013 Sacha Lichine Single Blend Rose' ($10)  from the South of France. It is a bright blush color with an elegant strawberry and grape nose. It is full, balanced and fresh.

2011 Domaine Listel Pink Flamingo 'Gris de Gris' Rose' ($10) The link takes you to a review of the 2012. All I can say since it's been awhile is that we liked it. It's a pale pink color, so it's worth the try. This is a unique wine in that the grapes grow in the Sands, a protected flora and fauna. This wine is made exclusively from Grenache. 

2012 J.L. Quinson Cotes de Provence Rose' ($6) can be found at Trader Joe's I here! The link takes you to a blog that pretty cool! This wine is very dry, with a nice acidity and fruit forward. From the South of France, what's not to love!

The last rose' is a 2012 Sbragia Amici E. Famiglia Gemma Rose' of Pinot Noir ($25). Ripe strawberries and rhubarb with a touch of spice and rose petals make this wine one to enjoy!

That's it for the rose's! Find your favorite! There are many to choose from!