Friday, July 19, 2019

Eight Cool Rosé Picks To Break Your Summer Heat Wave

Sure, you can go to a movie theater or swimming pool to escape the summer heat. We suggest opening one of these bottles instead.

Heat Busting Rosé

We hosted a recent charity wine tasting at our house to support a local school clothing and supplies drive. Our Sip, Sup and Support event couldn’t have come at a hotter time.

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The mercury has been in the mid-to-upper 90s. The heat index has been topping 100 degrees and this weekend it might be more than 110 degrees.

It wasn’t hard to select the perfect wines for our event – delightfully chilled rosé. We found a fantastic variety with a bottle to tickle the fancy of any attendee. Overheating is a thing of the past with these recommended bottles from Provence, Rhone Valley, South Africa, Paso Robles and Italy.

IMG_20190712_195512Miraval Provence Rosé 2018 (SRP $27.99)

Miraval has caught media attention because of celebrity co-owners Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. It also has won over critics with its sensational wines. Light salmon in color, it is a blend of Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah and Rolle (also known as Vermintino). Perfectly crisp with a touch of cherry flavor.

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STUDIO by Miraval Rosé 2018 (SRP $ $18.99)

This offering is from the wider Mediterranean IGP region in France. It blends Cinsault, Grenache, Rolle and Tibouren. Tibouren is a black-skinned grape grown mainly in Provence. It lends a greater body and depth to this rosé. It has more fruit and less acidity than the Miraval Provence. Certainly a winner and great value.

La Vieille Ferme Rosé 2018 (SRP $11.99)

This pastel pink rosé hails from the Rhone Valley and is Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah. Notes of citrus prevail over flavors of currant and cherry. This is an excellent choice for an everyday rosé. Fresh and food friendly. Only $11.99? A super deal.

P1040926 (2)Famille Perrin Côtes du Rhône Reserve Rosé 2018 (SRP $13.99)

This blend of Cinsault, Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah is made in the saignée method which results in bolder flavors than the direct press method. There is a nice minerality adding to the delicate flavors and balance.

Tablas Creek Patelin de Tablas Rosé 2018 (SRP $27.99)

This Paso Robles rosé was my favorite. Light peach color in the glass, it is a blend of 76% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre and 4% Counoise. Upon the first sip, I proclaimed it “rose-kissed” for the delicate floral flavors. The Grenache is direct-pressed with saignée used on the other two grapes to provide color and texture. Lemon flavors and salinity add to the intrigue.

Tablas Creek Dianthus Rosé 2018 (SRP $33.99)

This electric pink rosé is a blend of three estate-grown varietals, propagated from budwood cuttings from the Château de Beaucastel estate in France’s Rhone Valley. The collaboration with Château de Beaucastel is what makes Tablas Creek a unique and amazing winery. The Dianthus is 51% Mourvedre, 39% Grenache and 10% Counoise. Watermelon, raspberry and spice flavors are delightfully balanced. This was a divine pairing with our shrimp appetizer.

1040918The Wolftrap Rosé 2018 (SRP $11.99)

We pretty much love anything from Stellenbosch in South Africa. The Wolftrap is a blend of 69% Cinsault, 21% Syrah and 10% Grenache. This is a more forceful rosé with red berry flavors leading the way with a touch of citrus and earthiness. A nice complement to our salmon dish.

Tenuta di Fessina Erse Rosé 2018 (SRP $24.99)

Erse was another crowd favorite. Who wouldn’t want to taste a wine with grapes grown in the volcanic soils of Mt. Etna? The grapes are the Italian varieties Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio. The wine is deep raspberry in color. The acidity creates a fresh, vibrant wine with a touch of sour cherry and savory notes. This is a bold rosato and you can taste the volcanic influence. A distinctive and enjoyable bottle indeed.

Full disclosure: These bottles were provided as a marketing sample.

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