Oh, sweet Jesus thank you for Rose! Warning: if you are under the impression that pink wine sucks, you can stop reading right about now. Or I should say- if you are firmly resolute in that belief, and have no desire to think otherwise, then you can stop reading. However, if you are willing to consider (just consider!) that your long clung-to belief that pink wine sucks MIGHT be slightly inaccurate, than READ ON! Because I just might change your mind. I’m pretty determined about this.
Why do I like pink wine so much? Hmm. Let me examine that one. One of the reasons I like pink wine is because it reminds me of warm sunny days and relaxation. There is something carefree about a pink bottle of wine, it just screams “forget about all those little annoying things about life and just drink me.” Does this identify me as a procrastinator? Well, yes, I am. It doesn’t take a bottle of pink wine to make me want to procrastinate. But it’s not just about procrastination or warm sunny days. It’s more about slowing down to actually just do one.thing.at.a.time. Which isn’t always easy. So I’m by no means suggesting that you blow off all your responsibilities and jet off to the nearest pool to drink rose and not give a F*@% about anything. But a rose to me suggests setting aside a small block of time to just do ONE thing, and that thing is gently sip a glass of rose. Notice how pretty it’s color is, how frosty and inviting the bottle is, contemplate all the lovely fruits you taste in it. Call it a meditation if you want. So maybe that’s why I like pink wine. It reminds me to slow down and enjoy.
Yesterday was a good day for me, as you can see by all the open bottles pictured above! This is possibly the first of many posts about Rose in store for you this summer. First in line we have my personal favorite, the Charles & Charles Rose of Syrah, 2010 Washington State. As you can tell, it has the lightest, most delicate coloring. But don’t you dare call it a pansy. This just released wine is sleek, sexy and polished. It has pretty femininity, with a masculine edge. How, you ask? You’ll taste lovely notes of raspberry, sour cherry and pomegranate. Then you’ll notice some exciting hints of herbs and leaves. It’ll hit you with a nice dose of acidity and minerality, and then at the very end? a touch of strawberries and cream. Ahhhhh. I love it. Crisp, refreshing, and an awesome looking bottle to boot. Goes on by the glass tonight, and retails for $13.
This one’s a fun one- just look at the name! Gaga Rose, 2009 California (retail $11). This was the most fruit-forward of today’s bunch, with a somewhat sweet finish. Ripe, ripe, ripe red fruits to be found here; watermelon, red cherries, strawberries and a faint aroma of herbal tea. All fruit all the time once you taste it, too- plus be prepared for some yummy flavors of watermelon Jolly Ranchers! Now, I can’t tell you what to do, but I think this one in particular would make a great gift for that 20-something year old niece, daughter, sister, friend, whatever-of-yours that’s graduating this weekend! It will make you seem very hip and in tune with what the “kids” are into these days. Plus, nothing says “welcome to the real world” like wine!
Next on the list is the Bodegas Tikalo Albaliza Rosado, 2010 Spain. I like this wine for it’s sturdy simplicity, nice marriage of fruit and dryness, and of course, PRICE (retail $9!). It has a nice deep color and is made of Tempranillo, Garnacha and Cabernet. It’s fruit offers a little more tartness- think cranberries, with notes of rose petals, spice and a palate-pleasing “quench.” I’m a big fan of this one as an everyday go-to Rose, and perfect for entertaining given it’s friendly pricetag. You will most certainly find this one at this Saturday’s Wine Sale at Cellar from 12-2 if you wish to experience it for yourself!
Last but not least, we must include a Rose bubbly! Life is not complete without pink bubbles. This one has been a favorite of mine for quite some time, and we also just put it on by the glass. So, you know how everyone likes Champagne? Well, it turns out, they make sparkling wine in France that’s NOT just from the Champagne region. And often, it represents some of the best value out there AND can often be more delicious (in my opinion) than a “true” Champagne. Such is the case with the Marquis de la Tour Brut Rose, NV Loire Valley. I especially love sparkling from the Loire, and this little guy is made by Remy Pannier, one of the better known and well-respected Loire valley producers. It’s a pretty salmon color, and has a delicate, fresh palate of strawberries and peaches, perfect mousse, and a round mouthfeel. It makes a perfect party guest and will please the masses fo’ sho! And you can party with it all night long, too- cuz it only costs $11!
Soooo… what do you say? you’ll give pink wine a try? Pretty please? Here’s one last plea- well, not so much a plea as a statement of fact- and it comes with every case of Charles & Charles Rose (yes, you can have one, but only if you buy a case):