Or by any name, where the hell are they?
Apparently I am the designated “ranter”. Some are born to rant others have it thrust upon. In my case it’s both. Today’s complaint is the dearth of rosé wines to buy around here. Now granted we shop in supermarkets for much of our wine. Supermarkets aren’t known to be on the cutting edge of the wine world, but I went to two national chains and neither had a single bottle (unless you consider Sutter Home White Zin a rosé, which I don’t). The local wine shops that are near here also have a very limited selection of rosés in stock.
But my gripe isn’t with them. Its with us.
The wine drinking public, at least around here, has forsaken rosé, or perhaps never embraced it. It’s a shame if you ask me. Actually it’s a shame even if you don’t ask me. Especially heading into the warmer weather.
For pairing with a wide variety of light summer fare and for pure summer refreshment rosés are hard to beat. If you never have had one, give yourself a treat and find a good rosé. Not the sweeter White Zins or White Merlots but something dryer, with some nice zingly acid to balance the fruit. You’ll find red fruit, including cherry and strawberry, citrus, and perhaps herb, spice or minerals lurking, as well as peach, melon, flowers, and other flavors usually attributed to whites.
Somehow, here in America, rosé got a bad rap, or had bad timing. Used to be that the two most widely known and enjoyed imported wines were Lancers and Mateus. I hear they were nice, simple, fruity, tasty easy to drink Portuguese rosés. But then the White Zinfandel thing happened. Not being one to cast aspersions (yeah, right) but apparently rosé was lumped in with it as being pink and not worthy of serious notice. So, I haven’t seen a bottle of Lancers since the old pottery bottle that sat on our parent’s bookshelf when us catz were just kitz.
And so here we are, me bitching about not being able to easily find a good rosé around here and you reading about it.
But all is not lost. My local wine shop, Oregon Wine Cellars, has come through. Geno (he runs the place) turned my sister and I onto a cheeky little number, A to Z 2009 Rosé from Southern Oregon. A delicious rosé made from Sangiovese, with red fruit and berry and sweet spice. Perfectly balanced and delightful to relax with on a hot summer afternoon or with light summer fare. This one heads our list of Oregon rosés worth noting. (Sadly this vintage appears sold out unless your local shop still has some stocked.)
More rosés to be tasted soon. Stand by for our 5 continent rosé tasting tour results (taking place at home compliments of K & L Wines, Wine.com and UPS. Unfortunately not at the actual wineries). All rosés we are sampling are under $20.
Tell us what rosés you like!