May 7, 2019
If the last rosé you had was called white zinfandel, it’s time to get re-acquainted. Far from the soda-sweet, syrupy stuff that new drinkers found they could sip easily, today, rosé wines are much more complex, they’re drier and a lot more interesting.
Rosé by definition usually has a pinkish tint. That rosy coloured hue can be created in several different ways. Commonly, it comes from the grape crushing process, and having the skins of red grapes in contact with the juice for just a short time. The pink tone can also come from blending red and white grapes.
As with all wines, rosés can vary immensely in flavour, but you can expect hints of red fruits like strawberry, blackberry and raspberry alongside honeydew melon, rose petals or other delicate florals. You might also find hints of citrus zest, or even rhubarb or celery. As one would expect, the taste of the rosé depends heavily on the type of grapes it’s made with. Darker rosés tend to taste fruitier, while lighter rosés usually taste more citrusy.
If you’re interested in getting to know rosés again, we’re crafted a carefully curated list you can choose from. You can find each of these bottles at Co-op Wine Spirits Beer.
Domaine L'Ostal Rosé
Also concocted in France, Domaine de L’Ostal Rosé is made with a 50-50 mixture of Grenache and Syrah. This rosé has a pale pink colour because the grapes used in it are pressed in a cold setting right after harvesting, which brings out the colour as well as some lovely aromatic compounds. Here, you’ll find a lighter taste than other rosés and yet at the same time enjoy some hints of berry.
Josh Cellars Rosé
Made in California, the rosé that comes from the Josh Cellars winery is a go-to pick for those looking for an inexpensive yet delicious rosé. One of the more brightly coloured rosés you might see on the shelf, this one gives off a scent that mixes red berries with florals, and has hints of citrus on the palate. This rosé pairs particularly well with seafood and charcuterie.
Paul Mas ‘Cote Mas’ Rosé
Produced in France, Paul Mas 'Cote Mas' Rosé has a crisp and dry texture to it that pairs well with those fresh and crisp summer salads.
Montes Cherub Rosé
Perhaps one of the most popular rosés from Chile, the Montes Cherub Rosé comes from the Colchagua wine region. Another fruitier rosé, this one gives off aromas of fresh sun-ripened strawberries as well as tropical fruits like pineapple. The acidity is notable but the smooth finish makes it worth it.
Planeta Rosé is a solid choice for those who like Italian wines. This rosé has more of a floral vibe compared to some of the fruitier ones we’ve noted, and you’ll probably pick up on a strong hint of hibiscus. You’ll also find hints of melons and summer stone fruits like peaches and nectarine. This rosé would be great served alongside sushi or grilled vegetables.
Another choice from California, Adorada Rosé also has a unique flavour profile to it. Packing more of a spicy scent, the aroma is almost like ginger mixed with red fruit and red roses, but the taste is light and sweet, with dashes of honeycomb and a hint of pepper.
Pamp Fizz Sparkling Rosé
This choice might be only for the adventurous, but trust us when we say this wine is worth a try.
Available in cans instead of bottles, Pamp Fizz Sparkling Rosé is made in Provence, France. The pale pink wine has a very crisp taste to it that includes a lot of fruits, most notably grapefruit. This rosé is an ideal wine to slip into the RV fridge or the cooler on a long weekend camping excursion. It’s also a great to show folks that all French wine makers aren’t snooty!
Spritzd Syrah Rosé Wine Spritzer
Also available in a can, Spritzd Syrah Rosé Wine Spritzer is a new product from California. Expect a wine that’s dry and effervescent and quite light and easy to drink, since it has about half the alcohol content of regular wines. Consider this the perfect picnic wine, or your new backyard BBQ favourite.
With a wide variety of rosés available, there is guaranteed to be one for everyone at your party. Rosés pair well with food—bacon and rose is a fabulous combination, by the way, so consider a rose for your next brunch.
Written by Hilary Thorne, Beddington Sommelier.
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