Rosés of Summer


One of the most common misconceptions when people come into the store is that Rosés are always sweet, and white zinfandel is to blame.  I’m not trying to give white zinfandel a bad rap it, like all wines, has its place. However, it has taken away from the Rosé market in my opinion as there are plenty of suitable Rosés for the dry wine drinker that go overlooked.

Rosé wine is believed to be one of the first types of wine produced, it would have been considered a red wine at the time because the winemakers of old did not practice the methods used to produce the deep red hue associated with reds today.  Most grapes, even those used to produce the driest reds, have clear juice so all of the color comes from contact with the skin. There are many different ways to get this color if you want more information you can google it like I did. The most common method is to press red wine grapes after very short amount of contact with the skins. The shorter maceration time produces the pink color Rosés are known for.

Rosés also have many different flavor profiles. The flavor can vary so much because of the different grapes used as well as being produced in different regions by differing methods. For example a Rosé produced using Pinot Noir grapes in Oregon will taste much different than a Rosé made in Provence using GSM( a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre.)  Speaking of Provence it is a region in France that produces exclusively Rosé and is known for some of the best Rosé on the market today.

Rosé is a very popular wine for summer because they are usually served chilled. They provide a crisp refreshing taste on a warm summer day without being too sweet. Below is a table of select Rosés that we stock at Cavalier try one or try them all, and don’t forget to use the coupon featured in this months newsletter

Ten Roses to try at Cavalier Wines and Spirits

Archery Summit Vireton Rosé- Oregon- $24.99La Chasse Prestige Rosé-France- $13.99
Sheldrake Dry Rosé-New York- $12.99DMZ Cabernet Rosé-South Africa- $10.99
Jean Luc Columbo-France- $11.99Vino Rosé- Washington- $13.99
Michael Torino Rosé-Argentina- $9.99Chateau Beaulieu- Provence- $12.99
Sterling Vitners Rosé-California- $9.99Subito Sangiovese Rubicone-Italy- $9.99

I have only tried a few of the wines in the table above but look forward to trying them all. The Sheldrake point stands out among the Rosés that I have tried so i recommend starting there, it’s also a New York State wine which is a nice bonus. Another was the Archery Summit at first I was tentative because of the higher price tag, but I followed through and it provided a refreshing twist when paired with turkey for Thanksgiving.

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