It’s no secret I love rosé. I wouldn’t go as far to say I’m an expert on the pink stuff, but I may be its biggest fan.
If you follow me on Twitter, you’ve seen my hashtags: #RoseSunday (which my brother coined long before I was on Twitter), #RoseThursday, #RoseAnyDay, #RoseEveryDay…you get the idea.
I drink rosé year-round, and nothing makes me sadder than reading a description of my beloved rosé that puts it in a corner: “summer is rosé season” or rosé is “a swell warm-weather wine.” People drink white wine year round, don’t they?
Make no mistake: rosé is perfect to drink all year.
In my opinion, it is the most food-friendly wine. Sure, all wine is food-friendly. The point of drinking wine is to enhance food. I can’t think of another style of wine outside of a dry, crisp rosé that pairs with such a wide variety of foods. Can you?
From time to time, I like to share new rosé finds. Here are three rosés I’m drinking now. Santé, mes amis.
La Grenouille Rouganté 2011
59% Valdiguié , 41% Zinfandel
Valdiguié is a French grape originally from the Languedoc-Roussillon region, and until 1980 was also known in California as the Napa Gamay (it’s not really a Gamay grape, and was correctly identified as Valdiguié via DNA fingerprinting.)
It’s used most often as a blending grape for fruity reds and rosés, although this is the first time I’ve run across this grape, but I’ll be looking for it again.
Light pink in color (It doesn’t look light in the picture to the left but it is the lightest in color of these three), this dry, crisp wine has tart watermelon notes.
Cotes du Rhône 2010
50% Grenache, 40% Cinsault, 5% Mourvedré, 5 % Syrah
I’m slowly falling in love with this wine. It has all the grapes that say quintesential French rosé, yet it’s not as austere as many Provençal rosés. I get juicy strawberry and cherry flavors, as well as a wisp of a mineral finish.
That’s because it tastes significantly different on its own versus with a bite of food. It’s perfectly fine to sip while nibbling on cheese and crackers, too, while catching up with an old friend.
Grignolino Rosé 2011
My first Heitz Cellar wine was a big Cabernet. It was expensive and impressive. When I saw this rosé in the wine store, I thought “I bet that’s expensive.” $20 plus some change is not terribly expensive (compared to Caduceus Lei Li at $40), but it isn’t exactly a “quaffing” price.
Of the three wines, this one is the darkest. It’s also very fruity but plenty dry and acidic. The grape is a Sicilian variety known as “little strawberry.”
I get spicy berries on the finish and it pairs especially well with spicy food, playing off the spice in the wine. At $21, I’m likely to save this to drink with a rosé-loving friend.