There was a time when the pale, salmon hued dry rose' wine from Provence in France was the best known examples of true, dry rose'. Time's have really changed and almost every wine growing country is producing outstanding dry, crisp rose' and they begin to arrive in the early spring. Some are produced year-round while others are usually gone by late summer. Because Rose’s is made from primarily red grapes they are the perfect go-to wine for BBQ’s and parties because of their ability to pair so well with food….especially on a hot summer day when you might not want a heavier red wine.
Domaine Houchart – Provence, France
This beautiful wine is a favorite year after year… lovely salmon color, bright cherry and strawberry flavors and a long, lingering finish. Just a light chill to preserve the delicate aromas and you have a perfect aperitif. It’s also a great match with summer salads (Nicoise anyone?), chicken and fish. But the perfect pairing for this wine is even simpler…match it with the summer sun!
Artner Zweigelt Rose’ – Austria –
The Artner wine estate encompasses 30 hectares of some of the best wine-growing locations in Carnuntum. This ambitious wine region is located in the eastern part of Austria, close to Vienna. Artner Zweigelt rose is a delightful wine; light pink in color with refreshing aromas of strawberries and raspberries, echoing on the palate. Fresh and harmonious with a light finish. Perfect as an apertif!
Wolffer Estate Rose’ – Long Island, NY –
WOW! We were so surprised how good this wine was and to have it come from Long Island made it even more special! Its made with 40% Chardonnay, 35% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Cabernet Franc. A beautiful pale copper-salmon color, the nose is very reminiscent of Sauvignon Blanc with fresh squeezed citrus aromas grapefuit, lemon and lime with subtle hints of herbs and briary strawberry. On the palate grapefruit and lemon is in the forefront. Only as it warms does the strawberry and raspberry notes emerge. Get this before it disappears.
DMZ Cabernet Sauvignon Rose’ –Western Cape, South Africa
A classic, elegant, well-balanced wine which over-deliver in terms of quality for price. This crowd-pleasing rosé displays alluring aromas and juicy flavors of pomegranate, watermelon and strawberries, accented with delicate floral and spice hints.