A Sea of Rosé
Those of you that know me well, know that I have a passion for rosé wine. However, rosé's can run the gamut in terms of flavor profile, varietal, and color. I lean heavily towards favoring the palest of rosé's, which typically means they are from Provence, and that they are dry and crisp in flavor.
Last night I had the pleasure of joining the Kimpton team at Poste Moderne Brasserie in the Hotel Monaco for a tasting of some of the rosé wines they are currently offering in the restaurant. The selected wines showcased a great scope and variety of rosés, which we enjoyed on the outdoor patio amidst a bustling happy hour scene. In addition to the light and refreshing flavor notes of the wine, I also couldn't help ogling over the beautiful hues of pink adorning the table. Almost too pretty to drink. Almost...
The rosé tasting included five wines, listed below:
- Grenache, Elizabeth Spencer, CA, 2013
- Temprañillo, Rosa de Arrocal, ESP, 2013
- Vinho Verde, Vera, POR, 2013
- Temprañillo, Ostaú, ESP, 2013
- Grenache-Cinsault, Chateau Pas du Cerf, FRA, 2013
It is no surprise that my favorite was the French rosé which is the palest in color as pictured above. However, I really enjoyed the Vinho Verde as well, which actually happens to be the darkest of the rosés pictured above. The wine was effervescent with a sparkling texture when poured, and had many similarities to a light Lambrusco.
For those of you that are looking for a nice evening of rosé drinking, Poste offers a great selection of bottles, and it's hard to beat the outdoor courtyard setting. For those of you looking to purchase some rosés for your own collection, here are a few that I recommend.
My mantra: Yes Way Rosé!