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.