Stop Calling Rosé a Summer Wine

Larry Walker Author of The New Pink Wine

There was a time that rosé wines were firmly stuck in the ‘summer wine’ category.  It was pretty and pink, served chilled and regarded as an all-around light weight wine.

I have a favor to ask. Please quit thinking about rosé as a “summer wine.”  People, I am not even sure what a ‘summer wine’ might be but rosé is a year around wine, a wine for all seasons.

The new rosé wines are being made by winemakers who take the wine seriously.  Sure, rosé is a light-hearted wine but that doesn’t mean it isn’t also a serious wine. Good winemakers have learned that by paying attention to the vineyard, they can make outstanding wines and take pride in rosé.

Rosé is also a wine for all foods.  The tasting profile for rosé loves just about any dish from the Mediterranean. Rosé is a must-match with paella, for example. But rosé travels beyond the Med.  Try rosé with Thai food, or Snapper Veracruzano or Fish Tacos.  Let rosé, an affordable wine, be your go to wine anytime.

Some recent favorites include Muga, a Rioja rosé. From California, try a glass of Uvaggio rosé, or if you want to go slightly upscale, Bonny Doon Vin Gris Cigare is marvelous.  For bubbly, go to the  Antech “Emotion” Cremant de Limoux Brut Rosé from France, Roederer Estate Brut Rosé from California or Segura Viudas Brut Rosé from Catalonia.   Most of these are under $15.

So, please, no more nonsense about rosé being a summer wine.  Think pink year round.

For more wine suggestions and food matches pick up a copy of ‘The New Pink Wine   A Guide to the World’s Best Rosés,’ by Ann and Larry Walker

October 01, 2018 Board and Bench Publishing
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