Thursday, April 15, 2010
Pretty in Pink - Rosé is The Hip New WineWords by Jennifer Stein Words by Autumn Millhouse
Drinking white zinfandel is still a faux pas. However, rosé is the hippest wedding wine because of the blushing pink color, and affordable price points. This uber-chic wine is known for its soft salmon color which is created by using mainly a syrah grape, delicate balance and dry yet fragrant taste. Rosé is also a heavenly warm-weather wine.
Last weekend at the San Francisco Vintners Market, I had the opportunity to taste some the latest rosé releases and found a few that left a lasting impression.
All are spectacular and available for sale, in limited quantities, online.
Clos Saron 2009 Tickled Pink
A dry rose made of 100% Syrah from the Sierra Foothills. Light, dry, very lively and refreshing with a slight fizz and a pure, delicately bitter finish. A must for anyone who believes that California cannot or does not produce any classic rosé. Price $18
Comartin Cellars Adelaide's Rose 2008
In honor of the winemaker’s daughter, Adelaide, they have introduced a rose to the Comartin Cellars line-up. Although Adelaide didn't make the rose herself, she did give the inspiration behind this special wine. She demanded something pink. Adelaide's namesake comes from the beautiful city of Adelaide in South Australia where we lived in 2005. The flavors are sweet yet a little sassy. Price: $16
Grey Stack Cellars 2009 Rose
This Rose has more structure and depth than most Rosés. Completely dry, with excellent acidity this rose has lovely elements of Watermelon and Strawberry along with a nice grip. The Viognier keeps the finish from being bitter or astringent. Price $18
For more on Autumn Millhouse and her book Romantic Napa Valley, An Insider’s Guide for Couples, click here.
Autumn Millhouse is an award-winning travel writer who specializes in wine, food and romantic getaways. She is also an international trekker who has wined and dined across the globe from Barcelona to Beijing . A self-proclaimed “hopeless-romantic” and author of Romantic Napa Valley: An Insider’s Guide for Couples, Autumn also has a bi-monthly column called "Love Vines" published in Napa Valley Life Magazine. She resides in Napa Valley where she cultivates her wine and food relationships with top chefs, winemakers and a slew of other foodies. Besides, sniffing, swirling and sipping wine daily, Autumn is currently working on her next travel book Romantic Sonoma Valley: An Insider’s Guide for Couples.
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