Haven't you head: rosé is the new red! When the weather warms up and we begin cooking and eating outdoors, we know it is time to start opening the vino rosado, rosé wine. Rosé can run the entire spectrum of pink from pale blush to deep cerise (in general, darker colored wines will be more full-bodied than lighter versions), is extremely versatile, and pairs great with seasonal dishes. So here’s what we will be sharing with our friends this summer:
Apaltagua Carmenere Rosé 2013 (left): Medium blush in color, this wine made from Chile’s signature red grape has slightly tart flavors of raspberry and cranberry that meld nicely with notes of rose petal and clove. It can hold its own against mildly spicy seafood or chicken dishes.
Calcu Rosé Reserva 2013: Calcu means magician in Chile’s native Mapuche language, and this blend of Malbec, Syrah, and Petit Verdot lives up to the name. Flavors of cherry and strawberry with a strong vein of citrus are a nice match for foods with a dash of cayenne or chili powder.
Montes Cherub Rosé of Syrah 2013: Deep pink in color, this 100% Syrah offers fresh flavors of cherry, Turkish delight, and a touch of black pepper. A nice splash of acidity on the finish makes it a good pairing for fish tacos or shrimp with citrus.
We enjoy rosé wine at the merenderos that line the beaches of the Costa del Sol all summer long. Chilled in an ice bucket placed in the sand, we drink them alongside calamaritos, grilled sardines, and paella.
El Coto Rioja Rosado 2013 (left): A blend of Tempranillo and Grenache, this rosé from Rioja opens with bright flavors of strawberry and raspberry, which are joined on the palate by notes of thyme and oregano and a touch of lemon zest. It's a food-friendly wine with sophisticated savory notes that last through the finish.
Finca Museum Vinea Tempranillo Rosado 2013: Mouthwatering fruit of the wood flavors with strong mineral notes and bracing acidity make for a thoroughly enjoyable wine from the Cigales region, where Tempranillo is known as Tinta del Pais.
Next up, wines from France and Italy...