Hi, guys! The wine or wines of the week are Rosés. I’ve been a red wine drinker for many, many years. Anything full, dark and spicy just sets my tongue a tingling. But as I started to experience those good, ole hot flashes (thanks to aging), it was no longer enjoyable drinking too much red wine. Especially in the summertime.
I had to come up with an alternative. Beers are great in the summer, but I can only have so many before I start feeling bloated. I am not a sweet wine drinker, so White Zinfandel or Moscato were not an option. I still wanted something dry, but light and crisp. I tried adding ice to my red and well, ugh. No judgement here guys! But that did not work for me.
So I embarked on a journey to find the perfect Rosé. And I’ve tried many, but recently for Easter Sunday I had one of the best ones up until now. “Pink wine, or rosé, happily spans the colorspace between red and white wine, in a way, rosé is more like a state of mind.” –http://winefolly.com/review/what-is-rose-wine/ Rosés to me are reminiscent of picnics, a drive along the countryside, or sitting outside at a cafe.
Anyway, do you guys remember Francis Ford Coppola? Yes, the screenwriter and director. Did you know he owns a famous winery in Napa Valley? I had no idea. I won’t bore you with all the details, but you can read all about it here: https://www.winemag.com/2012/08/06/francis-ford-coppola-from-feature-films-to-fine-wine/.
In the meantime, let me tell you about the wine. I picked up a bottle of Sofia Rosé. Definitely one of my favorites right now. The bottle averages about $14.99, but its flavor is worth more than the price.
Sofia Rosé hits your mouth with a burst of berries that might appeal to those of you who like a tinge of sweetness. But, it also has a perfectly balanced dryness. Sofia has a lot of body for being a Rosé which reminded me of some reds that I enjoy. Because of its crispness you can pair this with chicken or fish, but it’s body also make it great with steak (if you’re into that).
I just tried it, but I definitely will be drinking this poolside this summer, even though I don’t have a pool. But hey if you guys invite me I will definitely bring you a bottle…or two.
But seriously, great wine, great price, can pair with meals or drink alone. By the way, ShopRite in Little Falls, those of you who are local, have an abundance of Rosés to choose from. Can be a little overwhelming, but I suggest, picking one from a region you are already familiar with. For example, if you love California Reds, try a Rosé from California. If you like reds from Argentina, try a Rosé from argentinian grapes. You can start there.
Some of my other favorite Rosés so far are:
- Dark Horse- averages about $10 has a lovely finish.
- Whispering Angel- a little pricier, but one of the first ones I tried and pairs lovely with cheese. Yum! Yum! Averages about $22
- White Girl Rosé – nice and crisp- averages $15 a bottle and apparently launched by an IG star (fun fact).
- Barefoot Bubbly makes a brut Rose which my sister in laws and I love. Averages about $10 a bottle and perfect for bridal showers or brunch.
- Luc Belair Rosé is ABSOLUTELY fantastic. Averages about $30 a bottle. I got TWO for my birthday last year…and guess what I drank both alone. Too delish to share!!!
I hope this inspires you to go try a rosé if you haven’t already. If you have I would love to hear what your favorite is. Click on the comment link and leave me some suggestions!
Is it too early to rosé ?