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Everything’s coming up Rosés

posted on June 14th, 2013 by Geoff Nicoll

rosesSummer is just heating up and the season of pinks is in full swing! Considered the birthplace of rosé, the South of France has become synonymous with these glorious and tantalizing gems that bring such joy to the table. Fortunately, we have shaken the stereotype that pinks are sweet as largely most are not. They are serious (if you take such things seriously) wines that have a distinct place in a dining experience. And taking the lead from our friends in the Mediterranean, many other regions have launched their own delectable gemstone colored treats. They come in all shapes and sizes, from many of the most popular winemaking countries, and each brings its own allure.

Not just any pink, but dry, vibrant, flavorful wines that quench as well as complement a wide variety of foods. Decades ago, Americans fell in love with White Zinfandel, which was actually an accident where the fermentation got “stuck’” and the wine never finished extracting color and going dry. It became sort of an introduction to wine, for novice wine drinkers. It exploded and became a fad. But around the Mediterranean, they have been making these café style wines for generations. Historically, these have been produced throughout much of Europe for centuries, but it is only the last few decades that it caught on here.

Rosé can be made from any red grape by merely extracting minimal pigment from the skins. There are many different styles and tints, and each has its own personality. And with more entries to the category than ever, it seems that everybody has come to the party. This year I have seen more pinks from more regions and countries than ever before, it is a veritable treasure trove of theses jewels.

They range from about 8 bucks, to as high as a C-note (yes, a cool hundred) and can run the gamut from light and lively to serious, dense and structured. A general rule of thumb suggests that the lighter in color, the lighter in body, but there are always exceptions to the rule.

Bristol proudly offers wonderful options from throughout France including Beaujolais, Bordeaux, Loire and Provence as well as a variety of offerings from Spain, the Basque country (the Txakolina is a must try) Italy and of course our creative minds at home, here in the States.

Do yourself a favor and grab a variety early as many sell out by mid-summer due to increased demand, and limited production. They are great to savor all year, and go surprisingly well with many Fall holiday dishes.

We’re passionate about pinks, like…

Dominique Piron Beaujolais

Pascal Lorieux Chinon

Chateau Canorgue Costieres de Nimes

Cht Pampellone Provence

Arregi Txakolina Basque Country



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