As a transplant to the PNW, I’m astounded by the clear, sunny days and breath taking sunsets of summer! The season is short so the window to enjoy chilled wine is now. For me, Rosé is on the top of the list. Besides it’s allure of beautiful hues, Rosé is easy drinking and generally affordable.
Rosé is made up of red grapes that have been crushed to extract color and flavor from the skins. Usually, a soak in the skins for a few hours up to a day or so does the trick. After the desired color and flavor is achieved, the wine is basically finished like white wine. Fermentation is carried out “low and slow” (low temperature, slowly) and oak aging is usually not a part of the production. Rosés can be dry to medium sweet with medium to high acidity. If on the sweet side, they are often called “blush.” Rosé is the French term widely used in America but other terms include Rosado in Spain , Rosato in Italy, and Weissherbst in Germany. In any case, Rosés are fruity, refreshing and perfect for summer sipping.
Below are some of my favorites (best served chilled, 45-50°F). Besides specialty wine shops, many can be found at local grocery stores.
Bieler Père & Fils Cuvée Sabine, Coteaux d'Aix-En-Provence, FR ($10-12)
Domaine de Triennes Rosé, Nans les Pins, Var, FR ($12-14)
Domaine Saint Aix AIX Rosé, Coteaux d'Aix-En-Provence, FR ($16-20)
Willamette Valley Vineyard, Rosé of Pinot Noir, Oregon USA ($24)
Domaine Tempier Bandol Rosé Provence FR ($35-40)