3 Rosé Wines for Every Day Delight
Yesterday was a great day. I made a deal with a new client that I’ve been working on for over a month. I was so excited I did a happy dance in my living room, which Evelyn (and probably my neighbours) found hysterical. Giddy, I decided to buy a little bottle of something to celebrate. At the store, I found myself subconsciously gravitating to the Rosés. It occurred to me, I’ve been all about Rosé this summer so why not talk about some of my favourites?
Don’t get me wrong, I’m an equal opportunity wine drinker. But there is something about Rosé that has just appealed to me the last few months. Maybe it’s because I’m new to the world of Rosé wine. Maybe it’s because it pairs well with a variety of foods. Or maybe it’s because there are so many different types, you can find one to please pretty much any palette. Whatever it is, the delightful pink nectar has been drink numero uno for this gal this summer. Here are my top three favourites right now:
All Around Favourite: Cevennes Rosé – Les Fleurs du Mal
I have been raving about this Rosé since I first tried it. Funnily enough, it was actually the first wine I tried when I started this whole Rosé kick. I purchased it on the recommendation of a staff member and after the first sip I was in love.
Les Fleurs du Mal has a feminine, peach-blush tone to it and a lovely floral scent. For me, it strikes the perfect balance between sweet and full-bodied. Each mouthful is sock-full of berries but it’s not an overly sweet Rosé. It pairs well with pretty much everything I’ve tried so far, and is also a wonderful stand-alone sipper. Plus that bottle? Heellloooo! I know you shouldn’t judge a book (or a wine) by its cover, but the label of this French beauty is, well, just that. Beautiful.
It’s a widely available wine, here in BC you can get it at our BC Liquor Stores and Everything Wine. It’ll run you $14-$15 a bottle, which is totally reasonable. I recommend trying your first bottle by yourself because, if you’re anything like me, once you have your first glass you’ll want the whole bottle.
Casual Sipping Favourite: Casa de Vila Verde – Tiroliro Vinho Verde Rosé
I first picked up a bottle of this wine on a whim. A Portuguese Rosé? I was intrigued. Maybe I’m showing my ignorance here, but Portugal is not the first place I think of when I think Rosé.
I was pleasantly surprised with this little gem though. It is full-on pink in colour and has a very surprising bubbly texture. It’s not a sparkling wine, but there is an unmistakable fizz to it. I find the Tiroliro lighter in flavour than Les Fleurs du Mal. And, even though they have a similar sweetness level, I find the Tiroliro to be much more tart and acidic.
Still, it’s a delightfully tangy little sipper. The tartness actually works better when paired with appetizers or after dinner, rather than having it as a dinner wine. I also recommend letting it breathe a bit before diving in; a little time helps mellow out the tartness and lets it settle into a very nice drink.
A bottle costs $13 and is also available in BC Liquor stores.
Cheapy favourite: Peller Estates – Proprietors Reserve Rosé
This is a great wine if you’re looking for quantity on a budget. It’s actually my favourite Rosé to make sangria with (watch for my favourite recipe in an upcoming post). Not going to lie, the price is what first attracted me to this wine. At $13.50 for a 1.5 L bottle, you can’t really beat the value.
This Rosé is PINK; in fact it’s damned near neon. It’s got a really light and juicy flavour though, and it’s a little sweeter than the other wines I’ve recommended here. You can really taste green apples and ripe berries in this wine, which reminds me of warm summer nights in the Okanagan. It also makes it a perfect wine for sangria because every fruit you add just enhances the flavours already there.
As far as food pairings go, this wine can accompany pretty much anything. The only thing I might avoid is pairing it with dessert. I think that because this Rosé is so juicy and it is a little on the sweet side, drinking it with dessert would just be overkill.
It’s available at BC Liquor Stores as well as lots of other off-sales stores.