With each passing year consumption of rosé continues to climb. Wine lovers are finally realizing rosé is most often a dry wine that is ideal wine for a variety of food pairings. It is crisp and refreshing and often tastes of summer in a glass. Perfect to be enjoyed year round, rosé sees its largest demand between April and September. With National Rosé Day coming up on Saturday, June 10 you still have some time to grab a bottle and join the celebration.
Provence has put rosé on the forefront of wine consumer’s must drink list. It is not only one of the oldest wine making regions but home to rosé, believed to be one of the world’s oldest wines. Since 2002 sales of rosé have continuously sored around the globe. Therefore, there is no doubt Saturday will be a global phenomenon. One of the wonderful aspects spawned by the success of Provence rosé is now wine regions all over the globe are producing high quality rosé. So grab a glass and let’s take a quick rosé globetrotting trip with our palates.
First stop Italy:
2016 Cantine-Feudi di San Marzano Tramari Rosé di Primitivo Salento IGT Italy ($16.99): pale salmon in the glass; medium+ aromas of fresh picked roses, strawberry, watermelon, orange creme, and melon; dry with high acidity that coats the palate creating a pucker and a long tart finish; click here to find this wine
2016 Falesco Vitano Rosato Umbria IGT Italy ($12): Crafted of 30% Sangiovese, 30% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Aleatico; pale fuchsia in the glass; medium+ aromas of roses, Rainier cherries, strawberries, nectarines, and citrus; dry wine with medium acidity that builds upon swallowing, clean and refreshing with more orange and peach on the palate, long fruity finish; click here to find this wine
Next stop Portugal:
2015 Herdade do Esporao Alandra Rosé Alentejo Portugal ($8): A blend of Touriga Nacional, Aragonez, and Syrah; medium fuchsia in the glass; medium aromas of dried herbs, dark cherries, strawberries, red currants, pineapples, lime zest, and fennel; dry but sense a touch of RS, a bit rounder on the palate with more texture, tart on the palate with medium acidity and a tart lime zest finish; click here to find this wine
On to the US and the great state of New York:
2016 Lieb Family Cellars Bridge Lane Rosé North Fork of Long Island USA ($18): Crafted of Cabernet Franc; pale salmon to the point of almost being clear; medium aromas of candied violets, strawberries, watermelon, melon, white stone fruit, orange creme; sweetness of the inviting aroma gives way to a kiss of sweetness on the palate balanced with medium acidity and a creamy texture, this is not a sweet wine but makes a great selection when eating food containing a little heat; refreshing tart finish; click here to find this wine
2016 Palmer Vineyards Merlot Rosé Long Island USA ($18): pale fuchsia in the glass; medium aromas of rose petals, strawberries, Rainier cherries, pineapple, passion fruit, melon, raspberry and orange creme; dry with medium acidity and tart fruit palate, crisp with a long finish; click here to find this wine
And finally, France:
2016 Château de Campuget Costières de Nimes Tradition de Campuget Rosé Rhone France ($12): Crafted of 70% Syrah and 30% Grenache; pale salmon in the glass; medium aromas of strawberries, watermelon, oranges, peaches, melon, pineapple, dried herbs; light and elegant, dry with medium acidity in a light body wine with a clean, refreshing finish; click here to find this wine.
2016 M Chaptoutier Les Vignes de Bila-Haut Rosé IGP Pays d’Oc France ($15): Crafted of 78% Grenache, 14% Cinsault, and 8% Syrah; pale pink with salmon hues in the glass; medium- aromas of strawberries, watermelon, white stone fruit, tropical fruit, dried lavender, thyme, orange creme, and fennel; dry and light on the palate, elegant and refreshing, medium acidity, crisp with a long tart finish; click here to find this wine.
So as you embrace the beauty that is rosé on Saturday, this summer, and the rest of the year go exploring. These wines are all available in the US and are worth adding to your Provence, California rosé wine enjoyment.
My Song Selection: Rosé makes people smile; so does this song! A perfect summer pairing.
Get your own bottle of rosé and let me know what song you pair with it. Cheers!
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