Rosé Wines – Which Ones to Try Now

Rose wines are in!

Rosé Wines are in!

Rosé Wines – Perfect for the Spring Season

Spring will be here in just a few weeks and that calls for stocking up on Rosé wines.  Rosé wines are ideal for serving and drinking from Spring through the Summer months and most of the Fall season. Vintage Wine Taster Joe F is a huge fan of Rosé wines, and he put together a blind tasting of six of his favorites for the club’s bimonthly wine tasting. For the novice Rosé wine drinker, Joe has some vital information. First and foremost, today’s Rosé wines are not sweet. Back in the 1960’s, and through the 1980’s, there were plenty of sweet Rosés available in local supermarkets. Are you old enough to remember the popularity of the sweet Mateus Rosé?  Perhaps the most trendy wine back in the day was Sutter Home White Zinfandel. It was sweet and cheap, and sales of White Zinfandel boomed. Some wine historians say it saved the Zinfandel grape. Zinfandel vineyards were being torn up and replanted with other favorable varieties. Today, red Zinfandel enjoys an immense popularity and is planted widely throughout California’s wine regions. Thank you, White Zinfandel.  Today sweet Rosé wines are a thing of the past. Dry Rosé wines are in and gaining popularity on a year-to-year basis. My local Safeway has an entire section devoted to Dry Rosé. Dry Rosé wines are made in wine regions around the globe. You must give them a try.

What is a Rosé wine?

Rosé wines are from red grape varieties.  The juice of any red grape is clear and is what gives the wine its color is contact with the grape’s skin. For Rosé wines, the skin contact is short, from a few hours to a few days depending on the winemaker’s style. The skins are removed from the juice, and the Rosé wines undergo fermentation and some aging.

For our blind tasting, we tasted six wines from various wine regions of the world.  Listed below are the wines we tasted and where they were purchased, along with the price.

Blind Tasting Six Rosé Wines

  1. 2016 Domaine La Colombeeel Estate “Notorious Pink” – Bacchus Wine Shop, Millbrae $16.99.  100% Grenache Grapes from the Languedoc in the South of France
  2. 2016 Bodega Muga Rioja – K&L Wines $14.99
    60% Garnacha, 30% Viura, 10% Tempranillo from the Rioja region of Spain
  3. 2016 Weese Family Rosé $20 from the winery
    50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Pinot Noir from Rockpile AVA & Sonoma Coast
  4. 2016 Umathum Rosa – Weimax Wines $18.99
    40% Zweigelt, 30% Blaufrankisch, 30% Saint Laurent from Burgenland, Austria
  5. Domaine Chantepierra TavelGourmet Corner, Burlingame – $15
    50% Grenache and the rest, a mix of Syrah, Cinsault, Carignan, Clairette, Picpoul, Bourboulenc
  6. 2016 Campuget Rosé  – Weimax Wines $10.99
    70% Syrah, 30% Grenache

Wines number one and two were separated only by a mere two points. Both wines are excellent and fantastic values. If you are interested in other Rosé wines, look at a few of our previous reviews.  We like the Domaine De Tamary at Cost Plus World Market. On sale, it is about $11 and very delicious.  Vintage Wine Taster Mike has been a long-time favorite of Charles & Charles Rosé from the state of Washington. Safeway and Cost Plus carry the Charles & Charles for about $8 a bottle. Now, that is a wine bargain! If you like Sparkling wine, try the lovely Gruet Brut Rosé for roughly $15 at various wine shops and supermarkets.

Following our bling tasting of the wines, Joe presented us with a fantastic French lunch.  We started with a citrus salad and then a gourmet beef bourguignon dish.  Thanks, Joe, for a great meal!

Excellent Video on Rosé wines are they are made, differences in style and food pairing

Number one Rosé wine, the Dry and Tasty Notorious Pink

Number one Rosé wine, the Dry and Tasty Notorious Pink

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