Summer is upon us, and what better way to enjoy the warm weather than a nice bottle of crisp, elegant Rose Wine. Rose Wine has gained increasing popularity in the United States over the past few years. In France, it has even overtaken the sale of white wine. Provence France is renowned for its Rose wine and creates rosé more than any other style of wine. If you’re not sure which Rose to order, you would be safe asking for a bottle from Provence. So you ask what exactly is Rose wine? Let’s take a deep dive and discover this extraordinary wine.
Unlike white grapes that become white wine and red grapes that become red wine, pink grapes don’t exist naturally; that lovely pink color is from skin contact. Wines receive their color not from the juice but from the juice’s connection with the skin of the grapes. Like the true artisans, winemakers can control how deep or how light the color of the wine will be. They allow the juice to soak with the skins for only two to three days. As the liquid takes on the desired color, skins are removed, resulting in fermentation. When completed, you have a brilliant Rose wine.
Here in the United States, there is a remarkable diversity of rosé; some are made of Pinot Noir, while others are developed from Sangiovese or Grenache. No matter what Coast you may be on, quality Rose can is available nationwide.
An impressive Rose is the 2020 Daou Discovery Rose from the prestigious Daou Vineyards in Paso Robles, California. This delightful Rose is undoubtedly inspired by the renowned rosé wines of Provence, France; on the nose; this wine is fragrant with aromas of fresh peach, pear, and rose petals. The palate is brilliantly smooth with a clean, fresh crispness featuring hints of mango, melon, lemon, and tangerine. Cherry, vanilla, and orange aromas combine for a luxurious, lasting finish. This brilliant blend of 95% Grenache Noir and 5% Sauvignon Blanc will not disappoint.
Rose from a little cooler climate is worth a try. The Pisoni Vineyards, located in the gorgeous Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, California, produce Lucy Rose of Pinot Noir 2021. This wine is the ideal choice for a warm summer sipper. It is easy on your wallet and versatile, pairing with almost any dish.
“Lucy is the charismatic younger sister of Lucia Wines,” The Pisoni family states. In 2003, making a limited debut in just two barrels, winemaker Jeff Pisoni knew that he had crafted something exceptional. More than a decade later, the tradition of providing the utmost care and attention to this Pinot Noir Rosé from the Santa Lucia Highlands.
Dawn Galante started producing award-winning wines in 2011 and has achieved her goal of creating approachable wines of exceptional quality and elegance. Her focus is on Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Rosé, and the vineyards range from the coastal regions of Monterey County to the warm, golden hills of Carmel Valley and Santa Lucia Highlands. Dawn’s Dream wines have earned high acclaim; in fact, her Dawns Dream Rose has been Voted “Best Rosé of Monterey County” for the past eight years! This Rose is plain fun to drink. Lovely aromas of strawberry and nectarine combine with well-balanced minerality on the nose. On the palate, big, bold flavors of peach and plum provide an excellent, fun, long-lasting finish.
This summer, pick up any of these lovely Rose Wines, heat the BBQ with family and friends, and enjoy!