As soon as the Spring Season is upon us, we can’t help but think about patio season. And, drinking a refreshing glass of wine on the deck while enjoying some time with friends is the perfect celebration of the nice weather. Rosé wine has recently had a surge in popularity but it is often misunderstood and thought to be cheap and cheerful. Let’s dive into the wonderful world of Rosé and set the world straight!
Common Myths About Rosé Wine:
1. All Rosé is sweet: This is completely incorrect; most Rosé wine is in fact dry.
Some of the greatest Rosés come from France, the most famous region being Tavel, located in Southern Rhone, the style is dry, with minimum alcohol of 11%, these wines usually have a medium body and lots of red fruit. Provence, also located in France, produces some wonderful Rosés that are a little lighter in colour, and have some more minerality and elegance to them. I recently visited Provence and was astounded at all my choice when it came to Rosé; I wanted to take it all home with me. Often in Ontario, Rosé is released around this time of year and then we can’t get any for the other 8 months.
2. Rosé is a cheap wine: Rosé wine can be a rare collectors item- if you have the right one!
Rosé wine is like any other wine: they come at all different price points. And, like anything else, you get what you pay for. The average price point for a decent bottle of Rosé in Ontario is $15.00-$30.00.
3. Rosé doesn’t pair well with food. There are so many food options with Rosé wine.
Rosé pairs excellently with appetizers, light fresh fish dishes, and even grilled chicken on the BBQ. It is an excellent aperitif with a charcuterie board, and if you want to get crazy, try wrapping a few peaches in prosciutto and grilling them on the BBQ- delish!
4. You can only enjoy Rosé in the summer. That is like saying red wine should only be served in winter.
The tasting notes of Rosé: fresh red berries, a touch of citrus and usually some stone fruit, combined with refreshing acid, make Rosé the perfect wine to serve as an aperitif during any season.
5. The pink hue in Rosé is just food colouring: all colours in any wine come from the skins.
Rosé wine is made with red grape varieties! The pretty pink hue comes from the fact that the grape juice only touches the skins for a short period of time (usually 1-3 days). It adds complexity and more depth to the wine.
Some of my favourite Rosés:
Ogier Cotes du Ventoux Rosé AOC
Mimi en Provence Grande Réserve Rosé 2015
Chateau Léoube Lalonde Rosé 2015 (organic)
Tawse Sketches of Niagara Rosé 2015
Trius Rosé VQA
Two Sisters Lush Brut Rosé
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