Looking at the World thru Rosé colored glasses
Spring is just around the corner and Rosés are just starting to be released to your local wine shops. They are usually a bargain, especially compared with red wines because they are usually bottled and drank at a relatively young age. They’re more popular in France making them extremely affordable. Rosé, unlike red wine, does not improve over the years so there’s no shame in drinking something with last year printed on the label.
Rosé wines top the charts for food-friendly versatility.If you are opting for "surf 'n turf" rest assured that a rosé can handle both the seafood and the steak. It's also a great picnic wine and pairs well with ham, chicken or roast beef sandwich, along with a fruit, potato or egg salad and can even handle a variety of chips and dips. Rosés are also the perfect guest for a backyard barbecue, tackling hamburgers, hot dogs and even French fries and ketchup with class.
Whether it's rosé, rosado (Spain), rosato (Italy) or "blush" - these terms all refer to pink wine. This pink shade can range from a soft, subtle hue to a vibrant, hot pink, depending on the grape used and how long the skins were in contact with the juice. The shorter the contact time with the skins, the lighter the wine's color will be.
Here’s a general rule of thumb:
OLD WORLD ROSÉ (Europe) = IT WILL USUALLY BE MORE DRY
NEW WORLD ROSÉ (everywhere else) = IT MIGHT BE LESS DRY
There are tons of exceptions, but rest assured you and your friends will love these wines and start to seek them out as the weather gets warmer. Our friends at Saintsbury in Napa just released their fantastic Vin Gris rosé that a number of our Bin 415 guests have had the opportunity to taste and we hope you'll call them for your bottle today. http://www.saintsbury.com/Our-Story Phone:(707) 252-0592