Wine Virgin

Posted Jun 21st, 2016 in Bob Lipinski

Rosé wines are made in every wine region of the world from many different red grapes. They can be pale crimson, light garnet, or even pink-colored. Tastes vary from tart and dry, flowery and fruity, and even sweet. Due to lightness of body and mildness of taste they can be served chilled and drunk young.

Rosé wines are usually made by allowing the skins of red grapes to come in contact with the juice for a few hours until the desired color it attained.

My Rosé Wine recommendations:

  1. 2015 Laurent Miquel, Languedoc, France. Blend of Cinsaut and Syrah grapes. Perfumed bouquet of peaches, citrus, strawberry, and blueberry; very easy to drink with a wonderful aftertaste.
  2. 2014 Maison Belle Claire Rosé, Provence, France. Salmon-colored with a perfumed, floral bouquet; light, dry and so very refreshing with considerable fruit and a pleasing hint of cranberry.
  3. 2014 RZ Rosé Vom Zweigelt, Austria. Made from Zweigelt grapes. Bouquet of dark cherries, wild berries, golden plums, and strawberries. Medium-bodied and zesty; drinks like a red wine.
  4. 2014 El Coto, Alavesa, Rioja, Spain. Blend of Grenache and Tempranillo grapes. Bouquet and flavor of pink grapefruit and red cherries; quite floral, fruity, and zesty.
  5. 2015 Kreos Castello Monaci, Apulia, Italy. Made from Negroamaro grapes. Floral and very fruity; blueberry, strawberry; so much concentrated fruit, it gives the impression of sweetness; nice, tart-berry aftertaste.
  6. 2014 H & B (Hecht & Bannier); Languedoc, France. Blend of Syrah, Cinsaut, and Grenache grapes. Fruity bouquet of cherries, pomegranate, and herbs. Clean, crispy tasting, and well-balanced, with hints of watermelon. Lovely finish and aftertaste. 
  7. 2015 Attitude, Pascal Jolivet, Loire Valley, France. Blend of Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, and Gamay grapes. Fragrant bouquet of ripe berries, raspberries, strawberry, golden plums, and dark cherry; clean and crispy tasting with a pleasing lingering aftertaste.
  8. 2015 Mark Roman, Languedoc, France. Made from Syrah grapes. Easy to drink, fruity wine bursting with aromas of white flowers, berries, and wild cherries. Dry with good acidity.
  9. 2014 Infinito, Santi, Veneto, Italy. Blend of Corvina, Rondinella, and Molinara grapes. Fuller bodied with a strong flavor of wild cherries, black currants, and watermelon. Very floral and citrusy with a tart-berry aftertaste.
  10. 2015 Michel Torino Malbec, Cafayate Valley, Argentina. Made from Malbec grapes. Bouquet brimming with coffee, dark fruit, mocha, cantaloupe, roses, and a smoky, tart aftertaste.

Cheeses To Try

Look for mild, creamy, and fruity types, such as (France—Beaufort, Charolais, Coulommiers, Gourmandise, and Petit-Suisse); Scamorza (Italy); Asadero (Mexico); Crèma Danica and Havarti (Denmark).

Fruits To Try

Red or Golden Delicious apples, apricots, cherries, mandarin oranges, peaches, and pears.

People like rosé, because they are supposed to go with everything. Due to lightness and mildness of taste and because they are served chilled, rosé wines are most pleasant when drunk young in place of white wines.

Bob Lipinski, Author, Wine Virgin

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