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Summer Rosé Tastings

Find your rosé style

Rosé wines–so summery, so beautiful….so DIVISIVE!  Our customers are basically divided into three camps:
1.  Those who drink little else for these three months
2.  Those who realize rosé has a lot to offer, but are still discovering regions and styles
3.  Those who ‘just say no’.
I am, most definitely, in the first camp!  For me, they are summer in a glass.  However, if you are not sure which group you belong to, why not try a few!  There are two complimentary rosé wine tastings on island this weekend, so no excuses...

Complimentary tasting of rosé wines:
Friday, June 22, 4-7
“Rosés from France”
4 Easy St

Saturday, June 23, 4-6
“Summer Rosé”
The Cellar
1 Windy Way

Rosé wine can be made from any red wine grape, but are particularly excellent and diverse in France.  Here are a few notes on some of the most popular rosé regions there, so that you can begin to narrow down your “Rosé Style”.

Cótes de Provence is a large and non-contiguous rosé producing region of Southern France in the Côte d’Azur spanning several communes.  This area accounts for the largest amount of rosé production in Provence.  The wines produced are made from a blend of no more than 40% Carignan and at least 60% of Grenache, Cinsault, Mourvedre and Tibouren.  At least 20% of the rosé must be blended from wine produced in the saignée method (bleeding of the vats, removing some pink juice from red wine production).  These range form pale pink to coppery-hued in color and are lovely light luncheon and afternoon fare.

Tavel can be found in the Southern Rhône Valley, just across the river from Châteauneuf-du-Pape.  This region produces rosé wines--and only rose wines and must have an alcohol content between  11 – 13.5%.  Grenache and Cinsault are the main grapes used, accompanied by Syrah and Mourvedre.  Rich and color and fuller-bodied, these wines tend to have more structure, therefore making them one of the few rosé wines that could possibly benefit from bottle age.  Possibly a rosé style for red wine drinkers.

The Loire Valley runs over 300 miles East to West along the Loire river.  The wines from this region are known for their intense minerality and high acid, due to the types of soil found there.  Two red grapes from the Loire, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc, make beautiful roses, especially Pinot Noir from the Sancerre region.  The complexity of flavor can lend these to a variety of food pairings.

Trust me--dry or fruity, light or bold--there is a rosé for everyone.