Yes way Rosé
Light, fresh, fun and lively are my favorite qualities of a great Rosé. A variety of production techniques creates this exceptional style ranging anywhere from bone dry to sugary sweet and perfectly still or gloriously bubbly. Rosés are made all around the world including France, Italy, Portugal, Spain and the U.S and typically include bright flavors of ripe red fruit, flowers, citrus and melon. Dry Rosés are more common and are typically produced from grapes like Grenache, Syrah, Sangiovese, Barbera, Mourvedre, Cinsault and Pinot Noir. Sweeter style Rosés such as White Zinfandel, White Merlot and Pink Moscato tend to be less common but still just as pleasing for the appropriate palate.
There are three different main methods to producing a Rosé including the Maceration Method, Saignee or “Bled” Method and the Blending Method;
The Maceration Method is the most common type of Rosé production where red grapes are left to macerate or become softened by soaking in the white wine juice while tinting the wine pink. With this style, the entire batch is turned into a Rosé wine. This method is most common in regions like Southern France.
The Saignée (san-yay) or “Bled” Method is when some of the juice is bled off to intensify the flavor of a red wine that’s being produced and the Rosé becomes a by-product made from the juice that was removed. This style is most common in regions like Napa Valley that are known for top quality reds.
The Blending Method is when a small amount of red wine is added to white wine to create the desired color. This style is uncommon for still Rosés and is typically utilized when producing a sparkling style.
“Rosé wine is more like a state of mind,” according to WineFolly.com. The early Spring release for new vintages and the coveted flamingo pink tint matched with fresh fruit tones make this the perfect style for welcoming the first sights of Summer weather. Pair Rosés with seasonal favorites like grilled veggies, Summer salads and fresh fish or enjoy as a simple but delightful sipping wine.
Our top seller, the Bieler Père et Fils Rosé drinks far above it’s price point at $9.99. The newly released 2015 vintage features traditional Provence Style qualities with a well executed balance between its fruity, floral and herbaceous characteristics. Lavender, rosemary, rose petals, citrus, wild raspberry and tart cherry combine to create a luscious mouthfeel with a ripe, lingering finish. The wine is 13% ABV with a blend of 40% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cinsault and 3% Rolle (Vermentino).