Wine Predator — June 26, 2020 — You Ready for Another #RoséDay? Here’s 6 From Around the World!

Another day, another Rosé Day? 

YES! Espe­cially when it is sum­mer time and grill time!

Here’s six — from bub­bles to sweet from six coun­tries around the world– for you to con­si­der today or for Inter­na­tio­nal Rosé Day, cele­bra­ted on the fourth Fri­day each June. Also, of the six, two are kosher and two are orga­nic, and the gra­pes ran­ge from pinot noir to tem­pra­ni­llo to gre­na­che to Zwei­gelt and more!

Natio­nal Rosé Day, as you may recall, is the second Satur­day of June, and we fea­tu­red wines from the Fin­ger Lakes. During #RoseAll­Day #All­May and Ore­gon Wine Month, we went with wines from Ore­gon. Last year we went local with Ven­tu­ra County wine­ries, whi­le another year we com­pa­red Fran­ce with Lodi pai­red with fresh fish. We like this pink drink and appre­cia­te how well it pairs with food.

Today we’re hea­ding out around the world: star­ting with Fran­ce with a toast with spar­kling wine, then moving on to Argen­ti­na, Cali­for­nia, Aus­tria, Spain, and ending up in Italy with a sweet ver­sion pai­red with Sue’s cajun spi­ced gri­lled fish tacos.


NV La Viei­lle Fer­me Reser­ve Rosé  Fran­ce
12% alcohol; SRP $15
Sam­ple for my review con­si­de­ra­tion.

This blend of 40% Gre­na­che noir, 40% Cin­sault, and 20% Pinot Noir is a fun affor­da­ble spar­kling wine from Fran­ce that’s widely avai­la­ble and lar­ge pro­duc­tion. They also make still wines but we went for fes­ti­ve bub­bles! Learn more here.

Color: Rose gold, not qui­te cop­per.

Nose: The­re is a brea­di­ness to it, a bit sour like a sour sal­mon berry, sour beer.

Pala­te: Sweet tart, pink sweet tarts, nice fizz. Bread, yeast, straw­berry danish, nice crea­mi­ness.

Pai­ring: We had this wine with cajon spi­ced fish tacos, and whi­le the fla­vors went well together, the bub­bles bring out the heat a bit more which you may love or may not like.

2019 Domai­ne Bous­quet Rosé  Tupun­ga­to Uco Valley Men­do­za
12.5% alcohol SRP $12
Sam­ple for my review 

This blend of orga­nic gra­pes con­sists of 45% Mal­bec, 45% Caber­net Sau­vig­non, 5% Sau­vig­non Blanc, 5% Pinot Gris grown at 4,000′ — high abo­ve the desert heat whe­re the night’s cool air allows the gra­pes to deve­lop acid in balan­ce with fruit.

Domai­ne Bous­quet is com­mit­ted to orga­nic and sus­tai­na­ble prac­ti­ces becau­se, as Anne Bous­quet says:

By nou­rishing the land and trea­ting it with res­pect, we know that the land will give us back its finest fruits.”

  • Read more about Domai­ne Bous­quet here.
  • Read what else we’ve said about this line here.
  • Read what we said about their orga­nic line Gaia here.

Color: Peachy

Nose: More mine­rals than fruit and flo­ral, subtle nose, slightly sulphu­ric, clay, lots of earth.

Pala­te: Light clean refreshing, rasp­berry and cherry fruit on the finish, essen­ce of fresh fruit.

Pai­ring: Pool side sip­per, plea­se! Whi­le my first pai­ring choi­ce would not be fish tacos with this wine, it did fine. Sue felt this would be bet­ter with gri­lled chee­se sand­wi­ches, or even oys­ters. The fla­vors of the sea would marry well with this wine, but so would a ham sand­wich or a smo­ked ham din­ner.

From Aus­tria:
2017 Pratsch Rosé of Zwei­gelt, 
11.5% alcohol; SRP $13
Sam­ple for my review con­si­de­ra­tion.

At first I admit I thought this wine was made from orga­nic Nie­de­rös­te­rreich gra­pes, but the truth is that that’s the region and it’s made from 100% Zwei­gelt. Clearly I need to impro­ve my game in terms of Aus­trian wine! And if this wine is any indi­ca­tion, it will be well worth the effort!

Color: Pretty pink, peach skin.

Nose: Mine­rals, melon, wild straw­berry; much more fruit than flo­ral.

Pala­te: Melon, long lin­ge­ring finish, gene­rous aci­dity, straw­berry, cucum­ber. Peo­ple have been tal­king about Rose from Aus­tria; we can see why.

Pai­ring: Great with our fish taco meal. The spicy food pla­yed well off of the fruit and melon fla­vors of the wine. The wine tamed the spi­ce in the food and the food brought out the fruit ele­ments in the wine. I loved this also with sushi.

John: “mmmmm, so good”

If you see this in a res­tau­rant, get a glass!

From Spain:
2017 Elvi Wines Vina Enci­na Rosa­do
13% alcohol; SRP $10
Sam­ple for my review con­si­de­ra­tion.

From the La Man­cha region of Spain, this kosher wine is made from 100% Tem­pra­ni­llo

Color: Deeply hued pink rose with a bit of sal­mon, Myr felt it was like the flesh of fresh plums.

Nose: Cherry star­burst, citric acid, rasp­berry.

Pala­te: Very light in body, nice inten­sity of fruit fla­vor at the back of the pala­te as well as silty mine­rals. This is a very clean light wine. Light flo­rals, wild laven­der, laven­der lemo­na­de. The fruit finish hangs on for a whi­le. This is a dry wine, it is not very fruit for­ward but the fruit is the­re. The­re is also melon cha­rac­te­ris­tics as well as lemon.

Pai­ring: Par­ti­cu­larly good with the spicy Spa­nish rice!

From Cali­for­nia:
2017  Her­zog Linea­ge Rosé Clarks­burg CA
13.5% alcohol
Sam­ple for my review con­si­de­ra­tion.

Her­zog is loca­ted in Oxnard, Cali­for­nia, and they ship in the gra­pes from all over Cali­for­nia to pro­cess them here near whe­re we live. A few years ago, Sue and I took a tour and tas­ted with the wine­ma­ker which you can read about here.

Color: Deeply hued pink, rose mau­ve in the glass.

Nose: Exhu­be­rant, una­bashed. This is a very expres­si­ve wine with river rock, moss, plum, fresh plum. John felt it sme­lled like oys­ters, like the smell of the ocean with tide pools and algae. We also found a bit of melon on the cucum­ber side or a can­ta­lou­pe.

Pala­te: Very fruit for­ward, round, lus­cious.

Pai­ring: John says, “It goes with the tacos!”

From Italy:
NV Cas­te­llo Del Pog­gio Sweet Rosé
7% alcohol; SRP $13.
Sam­ple for my review con­si­de­ra­tion.
Sweet! Tech sheet here.

At the end of din­ner, it’s nice to have something a bit sweet to drink with des­sert or ins­tead of des­sert, and this sweet pink drink just might be it! It would also work well as a mixer for a cock­tail.

The low alcohol on this wine also makes it great for the end of the eve­ning — or the begin­ning of one!

Color: Sal­mon color with a bit of effer­ves­cen­ce.

Nose: Silt, clay earth, sweet­ness of the early mor­ning gar­den when the earth is damp. By the nose, John thought this was a whi­te wine.

Pala­te: Straw­berry lemo­na­de with a hint of lemo­na­de. For Sue it remin­ded her of a mus­cat. The bub­bles keep the wine more lively on the pala­te. The sil­ki­ness is the­re on the pala­te as well. This would be a great cock­tail wine. You can put it on ice and find it very refreshing.

Pai­ring: Myr wan­ted this wine with a pros­ciut­to wrap­ped can­ta­lou­pe with bal­sa­mic reduc­tion. I could ima­gi­ne this with spicy foods, and indeed, John felt is was “super good” with our spicy fish tacos: “it totally can­cels out the pep­per spi­ce in the food.” Myr felt “this wine nee­ded no pai­ring; it was delight­ful on its own.” Sue made a fruit tart, and the sweet of the tart and the wine really com­pli­men­ted each other. The sweet­ness in the wine made the des­sert less sweet.

Cheers to the pink drink and to sum­mer sip­ping! What’s in your glass?


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