Everything's Coming Up Rosé
La Nuit en Rosé New York
|Courtesy Photo/ Credit: Guillaume Gaudet|
is in a couple of weeks (June 25-27 on the Hornblower Infinity Yacht), so we figured it's time to give you the real deal on rosé. We asked the folks from the world's first rosé wine festival a few questions on your behalf. Here's what you should know:
SNB: What, exactly, is rosé, and how's it different from other categories?
LNeR: Most rosé is made from red grapes (such as Pinot Noir in the West Coast or Nero d’avola in Sicily) that have not been left in contact with the skin long enough to impart full color, resulting in a much lighter pink color. There are some rosés out there that are a blend of red and grapes. Whereas white wines are made from specific white varietals such as Pinot Grigio.
SNB: Ah. OK. And why is rosé consumed during the summer months?
LNeR: It basically tastes like summer in a glass! Rosés are fruity but dry. Almost all rosés are served well-chilled and are made from refreshing, crisp grape varietals, so they do not overwhelm the palate or whatever you happen to be eating.
SNB: Speaking of eating, are there foods that are better to pair with rosés?
LNeR: Roses have balanced acid and they’re crisp so they are easy to pair with common summer foods like grilled vegetables, lighter meats and seafood as well as daytime foods you often see in brunch or lunch like eggs and asparagus (those are notoriously hard to pair with anything besides rosé!). If there is a wine for breakfast, this is it.
SNB: Wine for breakfast? Count us in! Wait… we hear rosé in lots of song lyrics these days, and it seems to refer to bubbly. Does all rosé sparkle?
LNeR: No. Not at all. There is tremendous variety in this category in terms of flavor, style and price point. With elegant hues ranging from pale peach to salmon, rosés just look beautiful at the table and in the glass. It’s elegant, bubbles or not.
SNB: Good to know. So, what are some great rosé choices for beginners?
LNeR: Here are some great rosés for beginners from Italy, France and New York (There’s a fancy sparkling one included because those are great for ANYONE no matter how much of a beginner or for a special occasion!) They, among an assortment of more than 100 others — and some rosé cocktails— will be served at the event:
Stemmari Rosé 2014
Region: Sicily, Italy
Grape: 100% Nero d’Avola
Intense in color, Stemmari’s Rosé offers a bouquet of wild strawberry that is typical of Nero d’Avola, with complexity of cherry, gooseberry and red currant. The flavor profile is exceptionally warm and delicate, striking an ideal balance between freshness and minerality.
Domaine Montrose Rosé 2014
Region: Languedoc Roussillon, Pays d'Oc
Grape: 65% grenache, 25% cabernet sauvignon, 10% syrah
Light pink in color, this is an everyday rosé wine with flavors of red berries and peach, along with spicy undertones. The taste is well-rounded, and it's extremely easy to pair with food or sip by itself.
Bridge Lane Rosé 2014
Region: New York, North Fork of Long Island
Grape: 63% Cabernet Franc, 21% Merlot, 8% Pinot Blanc, 5% Riesling, 3% Gewürztraminer
This is a dry rosé, meaning it's not too fruit-forward (sweet). It has a complex flavor with notes of Jolly Rancher (yes, you read that correctly), strawberry and rosemary. It's both refreshing and calming to the palate, so it works well with more robust dishes.
Ca' del Bosco Annamaria Clementi Rosé
Region: Italy, Lombardy,
Grape: Franciacorta Riserva DOCG
When it's time to celebrate, this rosé is a prime choice, thanks to its balanced flavor, beautiful hue and tiny, effervescent bubbles.