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Caitlin Flach
June 15, 2015 | Caitlin Flach

Pretty in Pink! Part 2

Summer is here! With sunshine comes wine on the patio and it is the perfect time for pink wines!

If you read my previous blog, you will know that when it comes to Rosés, there are endless possibilities beyond White Zinfandel. Pink wine is becoming one of my favorites to have with dinner, or to sit outside with friends and have a good time. I’m hoping that you all will give one of these a try and fall in love with Rose as well! I had the chance to try many of the Rosés that we sell here at Everything Wine and More, during our Think Pink Rosé event, and WOW I was impressed by all of them! Here are some of my favorites:

Roscato Rose Dolce

One of our most popular wines is the Roscato Red because of its sweet palate. If you like sweet, this is the Rosé for you! This wine is slightly effervescent; the nose presents bright strawberry and raspberry flavours. The grapes used to make this wine are Pinot Noir, Croatina, and Teroldego, grapes unique to Italy. The palate presents pleasing notes of bright strawberry and cherry fruit and will go great just by itself! It finishes with a crisp acidity lending balance to the sweetness of the wine.  Be sure to buy a couple of bottles, because this is not a wine you will want to share!

Banrock Station White Shiraz

This Rosé is made from Shiraz grapes, Australia’s specialty grape. Right off the bat, I noticed the beautiful dark pink colour and a nice fruit forward nose. On the palate, this wine shows great acidity. Slightly off dry this wine is showing ripe notes of raspberries.

Monster Vineyards Rosé
Okanagan Valley, BC

Made with Malbec, Merlot, Syrah and Viognier, this is a surprisingly versatile Rosé. The nose hits you with watermelon candy, but the palate is actually quite well balanced, and not overwhelmingly sweet. The palate is chalk full delicious fruit such as strawberry and rhubarb with a hint of citrus on the finish. This wine is off dry with refreshing acidity to balance it out and make it an enjoyable wine with or without food.

Sokol Blosser Rosé

Made from Pinot Noir grapes, this wine offers a great fruit forward palate and a delicate floral nose. Pale pink in colour this wine offers great acidity with subtle hints of minerality to please those dry wine drinkers. Soft tropical fruit notes grace your palate and make this wine a great summer sipper for all wine lovers!

Domaine de la Mordorée Tavel

This wine is not one you will want to miss out on. This is the perfect Rosé to pair with food because it offers great acidity and a fuller body. This wine was made in a small region near Provence, and features grapes that are most often used in the ever so popular Provence Rosés: Grenache, Cinsault, Mourvedre, and Syrah. The winery is completely biodynamic and this wine will not disappoint and is worth the high price point Tavel often calls for.  The nose presented raspberry notes, and the palate was not disappointing with great cherry and raspberry flavours with lots of acidity. Dry with slight minerality, this will be a great wine to have with your next salmon dinner.

Chateau d’Astros Rosé

Commonly used in the Provence region, this wine feature Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah and uncommonly some Cabernet Sauvignon grapes to create a delicate and floral Rosé. Light petal pink in colour, the nose is soft and floral with hints and notes of strawberry and grapefruit. The palate offers dried rose petals, strawberry and plenty of minerality. Very pretty and delicate flavours, with soft acidity.

Chateau Ollieux Romanis Rosé

From the Languedoc region in France, this wine was made from 60% Grenache, and 40% Cinsault. This wine is a very pretty pink colour, with soft tropical nose.  I loved the hints of grapefruit and mango, and I was pleasantly surprised with sweet spice.

Sandhill Rosé

I always thought that the Sandhill Rosé was in a black glass bottle, because when you first glance at it, you only see a hint of its pink hue. But I was wrong! The bottle is clear glass, the colour is just that deep! It is made with a plethora of grapes including Cabernet Franc, Gamay Noir, Sangiovese, and Barbera. Dark magenta in colour this wine surprised me with earthy minerality, and bright cranberry flavours.

There you have it! My own personal notes on delicious Rose Wines. I hope you try one or two or all 8 this summer!

Time Posted: Jun 15, 2015 at 10:12 AM
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