3 years ago

Must-try: Rosé

Wondering what all the fuss is about rosé wine? Rodney
Brown, manager of Wines & Spirits at our Ridgedale store, has all the details
on
rosé, the wine that’s sure to be
on everyone’s table this season.

There are two
categories of wine that are often overlooked by consumers. The first is
Riesling, the second is rosé. The topic of this blog is rosé.

I have had numerous
customers over the years recant how the first rosé they were exposed to was an
inexpensive bottle of Mateus or Lancers. It was probably served to them by
their favorite aunt or grandmother. A lot of those customers never touched rosé
again for many, many years.

Rosé as a category
grew by roughly 24 percent last year. That is phenomenal growth for any singular
wine type. What is fueling the rapid rise in rosé consumption? Consumers are
discovering how wonderfully versatile and tasty these little gems can be.

Rosé is typically a
dry style of wine that is made from any red grape varietal. This includes Cabernet
Sauvignon, Malbec, Pinot Noir and many more. Almost every wine-producing area
makes some type of rosé. It is a beautiful pink color that can vary from the
lightest salmon hue to a very rich almost garnet red. I often describe rosé as
red wine that hasn’t quite grown up yet. The taste profile can range from very
austere and bone dry to a full-bodied, very hearty style. Rosé is best served
chilled.

Here are the tasting
notes from one of my all time favorites, Entre Nous Rosé of Cabernet from Napa,
California:

“Crisp aromas of peaches and citrus on the nose give way to
the intense freshness of pomelo, lemon zest, orange peel and notes of crushed
rock on the palate. This wine’s refreshing acid and supple texture meld with
the barest hint of new French oak, carrying the wine to a crisp, clean, and
delicate finish.”

Reading that again
makes my mouth water!

Visit one of our
Wines & Spirits locations and our wine experts will help you find the
perfect rosé for you.