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TASTING NOTES: Thinking about pink
I’m going to step up onto a familiar soapbox of mine this week, and a rather well-worn one at that. I’ll start out by sharing that I’ve long been a proponent of drinking pink (or Rosé) wines the whole year through, whether they’re French, Spanish, Italian, B.C. or anywhere else.
My constant beef is with those who deny themselves the joy of a good, dry Rosé for the majority of the year; instead relegating them to our too-few hot and sunny months here in British Columbia.
You see, I’ve just never bought into the quite-common perception that they’re strictly “summer” wines. We drink white wines during the winter after all, so the fact that it’s served chilled doesn’t rationalize the seasonality argument for me.
The aspect of drinking pink wines that I feel bolsters my argument most, is that they make such good food-pairing wines. From steak to seafood and an abundance of vegetables, almost everything is fair game.
Winter highlights in particular include the perfect pairing for Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey, your Easter ham and more.
Alas, it’s such an easier sell in the summer, and why wouldn’t it be? A cheery wine style that’s bright and thirst-quenching, not to mention perfect for your barbecue, can only add light to our sunny days.
So I’m going to share these great new discoveries that are fresh from Provence, the French home to killer Rosé for the last, oh, 2,600 years or so. The only thing I ask is that you drink ’em all year long.
Chateau d’Astros 2012 | $19.99
A fairly classic Provençal blend of Grenache, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon surges the palate with mandarin orange and rhubarb, settling into a nice, long finish of pink grapefruit and a crack of peppercorn for a little kick! It’ll stand up to big, colourful flavours, so think bouillabaisse, ratatouille and other regional staples.
Domaine du Dragon 2012 Cuvee Prestige | $23.99
Predominantly Cinsault and Syrah, this one offers the most aromatic, sweet flavours of this week’s quartet, but still finishes quite dry. Violets on the nose, pretty indicative of Provence, give way to watermelon, cotton candy and Pink Lady apples. A good balance for the sweet and salty dynamic of pissaladière; the classic onion tart from around these parts.
Mas de Cadenet Rosé 2012 Sainte Victoire | $24.99
A good dose of complexity here; again with violet or lavender on the nose, but the palate sings with a whole heap of fruit: Lemon! Gooseberry! Currant! Strawberry! With each sip, you’ll find a little something extra. Food-wise, if it swims — it should pair up perfectly.
Foncalieu 2012 Moulin de Rogne | $15.99
Some fantastic citrus intensity here. Kaffir lime leaf, lemongrass and Meyer lemon all mingle quite well with a handful of huckleberries. Grill up some salt-crusted steaks and pour liberally!
For optimal summer fun, I recommend you try a couple of these side-by-side to compare and contrast their styles.
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