Happy May, the inevitable start to summer filled with blooming flowers that Guinevere sung so joyfully about in “Camelot.” As a toast, this morning on KXAS/NBC DFW we raise a glass to May with refreshingly lively rosé, both traditional styles and varieites, and a few non-traditional. Below are a few notes on each, a link to the segment is here. Cheers and aloha!
Traditional method, or Methode Champanoise, sparkling wine, crafted with the second fermentation occurring in the bottle, is the hallmark of Champagne and many sparkling wines throughout the world. Domaine Chandon, Moet Hennesey’s uber successful sparkling house in Napa Valley, celebrates their 45th anniversary this year, launching a new style to their classic sparklers focusing freshness, with incredible structure and texture. Their ultra dry Blanc de Noirs Brut, with just a whisper of pink color, melds golden apple and tangerine notes with fresh baked bread and honey. ($25)
Leading Italian producer, Martini, crafts their Asti Spumante Rosé in the Charmant method, as they have done for over 150 years. Though today their style and focus is to enjoy their low alcohol, red berry and cherry filled sparkler over picnics served as the base of cocktails over ice. ($10)
When we think of Ros, Provence may immediately come to mind, as the region is the leading producer of rosé in the world, with wine production dating back over two centuries when the Romans brought vines to Provence. Very dry, elegant and refined, the rosé wines of Provence are serious wines with character. Fleur de Mer melds classic varieties of the region, like Syrah, Cinsault, Grenache, and Rolle, together for a fresh and dried herb, wild flower and citrus filled wine. ($20)
Paso Robles, California’s wine region that can grow just about anything, proves the perfect playground for Epoch Wines Rosé dominanted by Mourvedre, an inherently robust red variety that thrives in the sunshine, with Syrah and Grenache. Produced for Rosé, the balanced summer has textrue, freshness and character. ($30)
Fruity, very fresh and juicy, Côté Mas Rosé Aurore from Domaines Paul Mas in France’s Languedoc region is meant to be a fun, flirty wine to be enjoyed with friends and lovers over summer picnics and barbecues. Packaged in a 1L bottle size, for ultimat enjoyment with friends, the cherry, berry and apple filled wine is ideal to enjoy all summer. ($13)
Rose of Pinot Noir, particularly those from Willamette Valley, sing the song of summer for me. Leaping from the glass with notes of ruby red grapefruit, wild strawberry and raspberry, producers like Erath, Adelsheim, Stoller and more, have captured the essence of their Oregon home in each and every bottle. Slightly more unconventional, Wine by Joe’s canned rosé wine is a slightly less serious wine, packaged for easy transport to pool parties and outings, and best served very, very cold.
Sustainably farmed Lange Twins Winery in Lodi presents an unconventional variety for their rosé wine, Sangiovese. The variety of Chianti delivers notes of olive, herbs and red cherry with fresh acidity and delicious balance. ($15)
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