A few years ago, rose had sunk into oblivion. A generation ago, after drinking a lot of sweetish sparkling to crackling rose wines young adults decided it is not worth spending money on such wines.
In truth, well made rose wines can be very enjoyable and dry, refreshing as most French living in Provence know.
Rose wines have been a staple of wine drinkers for centuries and for these who like a glass at lunch and dinner.
Warm regions famously produce fruity, uncomplicated, roses that can complement anything from a sandwich to meatballs with spaghetti, or pizza margherita.
The L.C.B.O is aware of the popularity of rose wines and features many notable products especially in summer months.
The 2014 rose programme features 44 brands in addition to Vintages offerings four to five very fortnights.
In Provence, Rhone Valley and in many other wine growing regions of France the preferred grape variety is Grenache.
It offers fruitiness, softness, and easy-drinking characteristics. Such roses, as most of rose wines, should be enjoyed within a year of the harvest.
In Bordeaux, cabernet sauvignon and merlot are used for rose wines.
Spanish wineries use garnacha (grenache), or tempranillo, whereas Italian winemakers tend to use molinara, or ….
Rose de saigne (literally rose of “bleeding”) is a wine produced by sluicing off a certain amount of a red wine blend soon after the fermentation starts. This results in a fresher tasting rose, and concentrates the colour and flavour of the red wine.
Then there is pelure d’ognion (onion skin), which has the colour of onionskin and sometimes even lighter.
White zinfandel, sometimes called blush, is a California winemaker invention and tends to be rather sweet and very fruity much liked by Americans who like consumables sweet.
The following rose wines are recommended:
Bardolino Chiaretto, 2013, Zenato, Veneto, Italy
Rosato, 2013, Dogajolo, Tuscany, Italy
Gran Feudo Rose, 1013, Chivite, Navarra, Spain
Rose, 2013, Campoviejo, Rioja, Spain
Rosado, 2013, Beronia, Spain
Ogier Rose, 2013, Caves de Papes, Cotes du Ventoux, France
Chateau La Tour de l’Eveque Rose, 2013, Rhone valley, France
Rose, La Vieille Ferm,Cotes du Ventoux, France
Cuvee Tradition Rose, 2013, Mas des Bressades, Pays d’Oc. France
Sketches of Niagara Rose, 2013, Tawse, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada
Pinot Noir Rose, 2013, Flat Rock Cellars, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada
White Zinfandel, 2013, Sutter Home Winery, California, U.S.A.