Spring into Rosé Season
Snow is in the forecast but we can still pretend it’s 75 degrees. We will taste a rosé, a white, and two pleasant reds this week at our Friday Tasting. If you need more wine activities to add to your calendar, you could taste seven Pinot Noirs from Santa Barbara side-by-side with Carelli’s delicious appetizers. $35/person, Tuesday, April 26th, from 6:30-8. If you have never been to one of these events, we highly recommend it as a fun date night and/or educational event. Seats are limited. Call us at 303-499-2337 to reserve your spots. Until then, join us for our weekly FREE in-store wine tasting tonight from 5-7. Charlie will be pouring:
Rosé Facts and Misconceptions
Where It’s From: France is the largest producer of rosé wines in the world (almost a third of the total production). Provence is the big player, since more than half of the wine they produce is rosé. But definitely, definitely try out ones from the U.S. and Spain (my new obsession) which you can easily find in the store and on wine lists. Big bargains are the ruby-hued rosados from Spain, which are often cheaper than French or American rosés but still delicious.
Call Me Rosé Maybe: In France and America it’s called rosé. In Spain it’s rosado and in Italy rosato. Just don’t call it blush, which refers to semi-sweet wine like White Zinfandel. A world of difference between sweet blush wines and the awesome dry rosés we’re talking about here.
It’s Not Just For Girls: Rosé gets sort of a rap as a “girly” wine, and really I have no idea why. As if wine could be masculine or feminine anyway! I think we’re coming around on this, and Charles & Charles winery even goes so far as to make a bumper sticker letting everyone know, “Yes, you can drink rosé and still be a badass.” Love it!
It Goes Amazingly With All Kinds of Food: Hot BBQ, sushi, spicy Indian, and tons of stuff in between. And of course, sometimes the best pairing is just with a friend and a beach.
OUR FRIDAY LINE-UP:
“Pink Pedals” Rosé- Reg. $16.99 SALE $13.99
Starting off this week we have the “Pink Pedals” Rosé from Chronic Cellars in Paso Robles, California. Aromas of fresh watermelon and a hint of cherries are carried in the wind as you pedal along the path to a delicious bouquet of strawberries, raspberries and hints of mild spice. The palate directly mimics the nose with a good amount of minerality and clean acid on the finish. A rosé that stays true to style and lets you ride along nicely.
Bogle Sauvignon Blanc- Reg. $12.99 SALE $9.99
Up next we have the Bogle Sauvignon Blanc. This Sauvignon Blanc takes its cues from winemaking methods used in the classic New Zealand-style to capture the character of this lively varietal. Freshly mowed grass and green citrus notes permeate the aromas of this wine, while lemongrass, asparagus, and a touch of white pepper enliven the palate. This full entry leads to a crisp finish, filled with zest of lime and zingy acidity. Finishing bright and satisfying, this wine makes your mouth water for more!
Mark West Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir- Reg. $16.99 SALE $13.99
Third up for the evening we have the Mark West Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands. This wine is harvested in the morning when the temperatures are coolest. Once the grapes have fermented, the wines are carefully pressed and racked clean directly into barrels and undergo malolactic fermentation for softness and complexity. This Pinot Noir offers aromas of wild blackberries, ripe Bing cherries, and delicate herbs followed by flavors of black fruit, cocoa and toasted oak.
Columbia Crest Cabernet Sauvignon- Reg. $11.99 SALE $9.99
Last up we have the Columbia Crest Cabernet Sauvignon. Primarily Cab with a bit of Merlot and hints of Syrah and other varietals this wine has a lot going on. This bold style Cabernet Sauvignon displays great complexity and structure. There are aromas of dark berry fruits and plum on the nose with chocolate and vanilla on the palate. This wine also recently received a 90 point rating from Wine Enthusiast. Come check it out!
See you tonight!