Roses For All seasons
What Roses I Am Drinking
By: Philip S. Kampe - May 16, 2019
Springtime has arrived, even in New England (May 2019). I was stopped, however, for two hours on the Massachusetts Turnpike, due to a snow storm. Several inches of snow accumulated on the ground.
In both good and bad weather as we wait for a late spring, rose wine is the perfect substitute to brighten your day.
I’m in Narragansett, Rhode Island for the next four day. It's an escape from the end of winter and chance to tour a beautiful state.
Hopefully we may open your mind and palate to what rose wine has to offer year round.
Choosing rose wine has always been simple, because, most bottles are easy on the palate and pocketbook. Lately, Rose can be made from any varietal, so, the choices keep growing.
There are numerous Roses that I favor including those I packed to drink while on vacation. An organic wine and a wine from Israel are among my choices. They are worth considering.
PEYRASSOL Cuvee de la Caommanderie 2018 A.O.P. Cotes de Provence ($21)
Overly fruity, yet, light, with a hint of tannins, this rose is sophisticated and is always ready to drink. Raspberries mixed with citrus dominate the palate. This rose is so elegant, it can be used as an aperif or as an after dinner drink (In this case it is my breakfast.)
FRESCOBALDI ALIE Rose 2017 ($19)
I Love Frescobaldi. This wine is both alluring in appearance, and bright on the palate. I drink it overly chilled, so, the ripe, red fruit and earthy flower nuances appear. It seems that all Frescobaldi wines are elegant and this one follows suit.
CANELLA Pinot Noir Rose Brut NV ($23)
Character and class sum up this lively sparkling wine, loaded with millions of bubbles that pop with flavorful fruit explosions of flavor. Production of only 100,000 bottles shouldn’t keep up with the demand for this show stopper.
LA BERNARDE ‘La Hauts du Lue; Rose 2018 ($15)
Quite a magical blend of Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah, Rolle and Mouvedre make up a mineral laden, velvety wine full of peach, vanilla, cherry and grapefruit flavors that captivate your palate. Organic.
JACQUES CAPSOUTO Vignobles Cuvee EVA Rose de Gaililee Villages 2017 ($23)
A wonderful Rhone style blend, with bright citrus that lights up the room. A truly refreshing wine that cools you down on a warm summer day, with its refreshing acidity and lively fruit flavors. This wine is from Israel.