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Summer Pinks

At The Wine Rack

with Christopher Reckord

Thursday, August 16, 2018

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Pink wines have been long celebrated as the choice for summer for many years. Over the last 10 years, however, the category has experienced tremendous growth in sales and more importantly, great improvement in quality, reports Wine Spectator , the world's most influential source of wine information, in its June 30 cover story. Marketers for this category have been working hard to convince consumers that these wines are not only for summer; it seems the plan is working as the numbers for the USA market indicate.

 

All pink wines are not created equal

A true rosé is often dry in nature and displays fresh fruit flavours that lean toward the strawberry and raspberry side of the fruit spectrum. Rosé wines can be still or they can be sparkling. Blush is another name for the sweet American version of rosé wines as the winemakers in California made their product a little sweeter, which made them a huge hit among new wine drinkers worldwide. The most popular of these blush wines is White Zinfandel.

I share with you today six pink wines to experiment with for not only summer, but the rest of the year. The list includes a sparkling, three new world dry rosé wines, a French rosé and a sweet blush.

 

Lunetta Rosé, Italy (sparkling)

Winemaker's notes: A beautifully fresh and dry sparkling rosé from the foothills of the Trentino mountains. Colour: Pale straw with greenish reflections, fine bubbles and a creamy white foam; Nose:Fragrant, with enticing aromas of apple and peach; Palate: Refreshing, dry and harmonious, with crisp fruit flavours and a clean finish.

 

Meiomi Rosé, California

Winemaker's notes: Delicately pink in colour, Meiomi Rosé is delightfully dry with vibrant acidity. The wine opens to delicate aromas of watermelon, orange peel, and subtle hints of rose petal. The palate offers a lush mouthfeel with flavours of stone fruit and strawberry with a cool minerality on the finish.

 

Josh Cellars Rosé, California

Winemaker's notes: The nose is bright with aromas of fresh strawberries, white flowers and stone fruits. On the palate, the wine is light-bodied, dry, and bursts with citrus, white peach and strawberries, finishing with a crisp, mouth-watering citrus flavour.

 

Elouan Rosé, Oregon

Winermaker's notes: A gorgeous pale pink colour with a copper hue. Ripe raspberry and strawberry aromas with hints of citrus. On entry, bright acidity enlivens the palate with firm red berry fruit flavours combined with tart, dried apricot and concentrated minerality. The mid-palate is rich and expansive with fresh acidity that carries flavours of freeze-dried berries and clementine rind through the long-lasting finish.

 

Chateau d'Esclans Rock Angel, Provence, France

The “big brother to Whispering Angel” , this is a soft, aromatic and ripe wine. It wears its high alcohol lightly, showing off good acidity as well as rich strawberry flavours. An attractive touch of spice mingles with the final crisp acidity.

 

Sutter Home White Zinfandel, California (sweet)

Winemaker's Notes: Sutter Home created America's original White Zinfandel in 1972. This blush wine is a delicate berry fragrance captures your attention, leading to sweet, creamy strawberry and melon flavours balanced by a crisp finish. Lightly sweet and incredibly refreshing.

Yes, way, Rosé!

 

Christopher Reckord - Information Technology Entrepreneur & Wine Enthusiast. Send your questions and comments to creckord@gmail.com. You can also follow me on Facebook, Instagram @chrisreckord and on Twitter: @Reckord

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