5 ROSÉ WINES TO STEP INTO SPRING
Although we normally think of rosé as a summer wine, it can actually be enjoyed all year round. Find out why with this selection of amazing wines.
Rosé wines are often associated with summer and for a good reason. The delicate pink hue of a glass of rosé on a warm summer day is hard to beat. But what if I told you that rosé wine is the perfect drink whatever the season? Sometimes wine suffers from outdated views that just merely stands in the way of enjoying some of these great beverages whenever you feel like it. I’m not saying you shouldn’t drink rosé during summer, you definitely should, but you should also enjoy it during spring, fall or winter. If you can drink white wine or sparkling wine when it’s -10°C outside, you could just as easily drink rosé.
Rain, sleet or snow, just grab one of these bottles and let the wine do the talking: here is a list of good rosé wines to try.
DOMAINES OTT CLOS MIREILLE COEUR DE GRAIN ROSÉ
This wine is basically the Mediterranean captured in a bottle. This genie of a wine will transport you to sunny Southern France with just one sip. The vineyards at Clos Mireille are located near the Mediterranean Sea which has an excellent cooling effect maintaining the freshness of the grapes. Why strain yourself with invisible barricades and just enjoy a glass of good rosé.
CHATEAU MUSAR ROSÉ
Lebanese Chateau Musar has almost a cult-like following among some wine enthusiast. If you didn’t know that Lebanon produces good wine, consider this as a full-blown intervention. Chateau Musar and their wines are known for a distinctive character, and this rosé is no exception. Indigenous grape varieties such as Obaideh and Merwah and a touch of subtle oak ensures that you’re in for an experience.
CHATEAU D'ESCLANS WHISPERING ANGEL
If you are looking for a mouthwatering rosé, this is it. Chateau d’Esclans Whispering Angel is somewhat of a benchmark rosé. It always seems to deliver a great balance of freshness and a rich flavour profile. A well-rounded Côtes de Provence Rosé is something you should always have on hand because you never know when you are in the mood for something delicious and fun.
ARTAZURI GARNACHA ROSADO
Some would argue that Garnacha (a.k.a. Grenache) is the best grape variety to produce rosé wines, and I’m not here to say otherwise. Although it’s not the only grape suited for rosé, it is for sure one of the most significant varieties. This 100% Garnacha from Navarra, Spain, has more muscle to it than your average rosé. Sometimes big rosé wines fall flat because they lack acidity, but this is not one of them. You could drink this with incredible ease with seafood or why not some barbecue.
ANDRE & MICHEL QUENARD SAVOIE ROSÉ
Savoie is a French wine region tucked away near the western Alps. It’s not the most prominent and most well-known wine region out there, but it’s a place every savvy wine drinker should know. Andre & Michel Quenard’s Savoie Rosé is an utterly delicious drop of rosé. It’s almost scary how fast this wine disappears once poured into a glass. If you manage to surround one of these versatile rosés with good food, game over, you won.