The Popularity of Rose is rising

Heard of anyone drinking a good rose lately? The answer to that question may be yes, since rose sales are rising around the world. Once considered to be “starter wines” or only suitable for the sweet palate, they are now coming into their own as many savvy lovers of wine are finding pink wines that fit into the dry category. Their pink color comes from the limited time they have enjoyed with the grape skin. But if you can get past the color and go for a blind tasting, you would find yourself pleasantly surprised! In fact, they can be one of the most versatile wines around, as their pairing with food is without boundaries. I’m sharing a few of my favorites with you and guess what? They are all under $20 a pop. Pick up one at the store, throw it in a chiller and be ready for a surprise.

Beginning in Chile

The Montes Cherub Rose of Syrah 2010 has a gorgeous hot pink color, but don’t let that turn you off. It is made exclusivity from Syrah grapes, which are dark skinned, abundant in the northern Rhone Valley of France. While flavors of Syrah wines can range from floral while young to peppery, they can also reveal tanned leather or smoky scents as they age. This particular choice is an elegant ultra-dry rose with strong red berry overtones and a touch of citrus.

Rose from the South of France

The 2011 Hecht & Bannier Languedoc Rose is a fun wine full of fruit flavors and a welcome dose of acuity. While it is rich and juicy, it is also super fresh and clean tasting. Not heavy for full of a super serious attitude, it contains nuances of strawberry, pomegranate, pineapple and watermelon that goes especially well with a Mediterranean menu.

Wine from Piedmont, Italy

Northwest Italy is home to the Piedmont region which is the perfect growing climate for the red Nebbiolo grape. Two red wines that are produced from the Nebbiolo have gained international fame. Both the Barolo and the Barbaresco wines are big and bold. The Nebbiolo perfumes the wine with sweet fruit flavors reminiscent of currant, blackberries, cherries and plums. Therefore, it’s a great choice when paired with strong and flavorful meats and spicy cheeses. While not all of them fall into the winerymost expensive category, they are well worth their price. As hoped for, they get better with age.

Going with Barolo

Made from Nebbiolo grapes, a nice introduction to one of Italy’s best is Beni di Batasiolo Barolo 2000. On from there the Boroli Barolo 1999 is a wine with medium body and milder tannins. Instilled with deep cherry flavor and a soft finish, it has an overall nice balance. While both of those selections are easy to find at about $38, it’s worth stepping it up a bit. A bottle of Beni di Batasiolo Barolo 2007 can cost $48, but what you’ll get is a touch of sweet spice, red ripe fruit and a hint of tobacco. Going with a Barolo that is pricier and harder to find can be well worth the trouble. Take for example the Vietti Barolo Rocche 2000, which sells for $65. Though you will be lucky to find a bottle of it, it is worth the effort. With succulent raspberries boasting of a satin finish, it could be well worth even double the price.