Drinking pink is finally out of the wine closet

Drink Pink

christine-at-chateau-peyrat-fourthonbordeaux-june-2007.jpg “Pink is the new black!” tout the folks from the famous French rosé region, Côtes de Provence. It has long been one of my summertime favourites and I guarantee that refreshingly dry rosés will perk up warm-weather menus including grilled salmon, ribs and burgers.

Don’t like pink? Think again. These dry wines – a classic summer staple in Europe – are made from all types of red grapes including Pinot Noir, Sangiovese, Syrah and Tempranillo. To make quality rosé, red grapes are quickly crushed leaving a hint of color from the skins. The juice is then fermented dry, resulting in a wine with zesty brightness and a fruit bowl of flavour.

Sip some global picks hailing from the 2006 vintage and be converted to the colourful side of life.



8 responses to “Drinking pink is finally out of the wine closet

  1. I’m beginning to think it might be time to give rosé another chance — everything I read suggests that the new rosés are leaning toward the drier side, a little more sophisticated and subtle… Does that match your experience?

  2. Absolutely, Jen. Having just returned from VINEXPO in Bordeaux, I can tell you that this is the case indeed.

  3. Oh, Bordeaux! I am so envious…

  4. I’m glad you posted this. I’ll have to give rosé another try. Drier definatley sounds better, especially chilled on these hot Louisiana summer days.

  5. Thank you for visiting and for your comment, Lyndon. I have found some of the New World rosé’s to be very refreshing.

  6. Have any recommendations?

  7. Lyndon, how’d I know you’d ask me that question? Shall revert.

  8. Lyndon, here’s a recommendation from Argentina: 2006 Familia Zuccardi Santa Julia Syrah Rosé Mendoza, Argentina: Vibrant hot pink color. A real cha cha cha wine with aromas of blackberry, blueberry and strawberry, plus a hint of spice and pepper. It is ripe and dry with a sassy hint of bitterness on the medium finish. This medium-bodied wine will have you wanting to move to Latin rhythms. Note: Gorgeous and full-bodied, loads of fresh raspberry and berry fruits. Pair with: pulled pork, grilled lamb chops. 750 mL CAD11.95. Santé!

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