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2017 Annual Wine Writer’s Circle Rose Wine Tasting

Rose Wine Tasting
Rose Wine Tasting

Once relegated to summertime sipping, rose has now become the go-to wine for al occasions, even for people in the know. What exactly will you find when you open a bottle of rose if you had not based your selection on the recommendation of a friend, wine columnist, or connoisseur.

Will it be dry, off dry, complex, or simply fruity, for quaffing, or worthy of contemplation?

Rose wines have come off their old image of simple picnic wines, and now can be very pale, pale red, pink or darker.

They can also be dry, off dry, and sweet or varietal or blended with red and white wines. (This is not allowed in France. Rose must be produced using red grapes).

The 2017 rose wine tasting was composed and presented in three flights – sparkling, old and new world, and Ontario.

Some of the six sparkling rose wines were flat, others tasted musty and “old”, yet others were excessively sweet.

Old and new world wines presented were from France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, South African, Chilean, Argentina, New Zealand, and Australia.

Ontario wines came from the Niagara peninsula and Prince Edward County.

Here are my recommendations:

Aix, 2016, Maison Aix, Provence, France
88+/100
$ 22.95 L C B O

Pink Gecko, 2016, Pure, Coteaux Varois en Provence, France
87/100
$ 14.95
Profile Wine Group

Izadi Larossa, 2016, Bodegas Izadi, Rioja, Spain
88/100
$ 14.95,
L C B O

Garden Vineyard Rose, 2016, De Morgenzone, South Africa
87/100
$ 11.95
L C B O

Pinot Noir Rose, 2016, Matua, Marlborough, New Zealand
90+/100
$ 16.95,
L C B O

Signature Rose, 2016, Susana Balbo, Mendoza, Argentina
87/100
$ 19.95
Vintages August 5 Release

Cabernet Sauvignon Rose, 2015, Errazuriz, Chile
90/100
$ 13.95
L C B O

Bicicleta Pinto Noir Rose, 2016, Cono Sur, Chile
89/100
$ 13.95
L C B O

Just One Rose, 2016, Rosehall Run, Prince Edward County
88+/100
$ 17.95
Winery only

Pink Twisted, 2016, Flat Rock Cellars, Niagara Peninsula
89/100
LC B O

Rose, 2016, Fielding estate Winery
87/100
Vintages May 17 Release

Reserve Rose, 2015, Jackson-Triggs, Niagara Peninsula
87/100
$ 14.95
Winery only

Wildass Rose, 2016,Stratus Vienayards, Niagara Peninsula
87/100
$ 14.25
Winery only

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