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Rosé wine has had a bad reputation in the last 10 years or so. Maybe even longer thanks to White Zinfandels being pumped out of California. I have no idea why they thought sweet, pink wine would sell but apparently it did. However, it has now turned most people off the pink stuff. Not this guy…pink is cool! Why do I love these wines so much? Besides the fact that it epitomizes summer for me this love reaches beyond towards the idealistic life of France, Italy and Spain.
Pretty much every Mediterranean country has a version of Rosé and it’s about time people start to celebrate these wines over here in North America. From a food pairing perspective, these wines are perfect. Just the right amount of acidity and body to match foods that fall in the middle of the food and wine pairing spectrum. So think, olives, tapenades, salads, charcuterie, pate etc.. The list goes on. The best advice for wine and food pairing is to look at the region of wine and research into what they eat there. You can’t really go wrong. Here are some foods I eat with rose:
- salamis and prosciutto
- olives and pickled veg as a perfect accompaniment to cheeses
- goats cheese rolled in fresh herbs
- cold seafood platter with aoili (garlicy mayonnaise)
- grilled prawns
- chinese bbq pork!
- indian food
- caprese salad, fresh mozzarella and pesto
- grilled polenta with mushrooms in cream
- salad nicoise
Here are some Rosé wine suggestions:
1. Domain Houchart Cotes de Provence $15-$20 – Rosé from Provence is like Whiskey from Scotland…perfect!
2. Olivares Jumilla Rosé – Spain – $15-$20 – Made from the Monastrell grape in Spain this is perfect with pork dishes
3. Scalabrone Bolgheri Rosé – Tuscany Italy – $20-$30 – Fantastic red hue with loads of body to stand up to Tuscan food!
4. Quail’s Gate Rosé – BC Canada - $15- $20 – Rhubarb and strawberry notes perfect with a mixed salad with red wine vinegar or grilled shrimp.
5. Villa Teresa Organic Frizzante Rosé – Veneto Italy – $15-$20 – Slightly bubbly with sour cherry notes. Perfect with a goat’s cheese tart and asparagus.
6. Banrock Station Shiraz Rosé – Australia - $10-$15 – Riper fruit gives this a fuller body perfect with soft wash rind cheeses like a Pont l’Evêque