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May 1, 2015

Tips For Finding The Perfect Style For Your Palate

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Think pink is for girls? Think again! No matter what you look for in a wine there is definitely a rosé that’s right for you. From full-bodied to lean and crisp, fruit-forward to savory and still to sparkling, rosé wines span the spectrum. Below are a few tips for choosing a bottle to fit your tastes.  The only foolproof method is to simply try them all, which we’d highly recommend!

1. Color

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The many and lovely shades of pink that characterize rosé wine are one of its main points of appeal and can also be telling of what to expect on the palate.  A soft, light pink color often indicates a leaner style with bright acidity, delicate fruit and floral aromas and a touch of minerality while a deep, vibrant pink can signal a richer, fuller-bodied style with more pronounced flavors.  If you’re looking for light and bright try Jean-Luc Colombo Cape Bleue Rosé, Planeta Rosé or Bertani Bertarose. For something with a little more muscle check out Feudi di San Gregorio Ros’Aura.

 

2. Grape Variety

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Not all wines list grape varieties on the label but even those that don’t can usually be discovered through a quick online search or by using one of the many mobile apps available to wine consumers.  Like any wine, grape variety is a good indicator of what will come through in the glass.  Enjoy earthy flavors?  Look for Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc based rosés like Remy Pannier Rosé d’Anjou.  Prefer something a little savory?  Try rosés made from Spain’s Tempranillo grape like Faustino VII Rosado. Searching for a touch of spice?  Rosés made with the Syrah grape often have a pleasant peppery note; try Belguardo Rosé.

 

3. Origin

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Provence may be its spiritual home but don’t forget that rosé is made in every winemaking region in the world! A fun, adventurous tactic for finding a winner is trying rosés from the regions that make your favorite red wines.  Can’t get enough of Portugal?  Try Periquita Rosé; it’s made from the same fantastic blend of unpronounceable native grapes as the stellar reds! 

Fallen in love with Israeli terroir?  Taste Recanati Rosé; its fresh fruit flavors and crisp acidity will transport you to the Mediterranean coast!

 

4. Sparkle

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Champagne, Prosecco, Cava… you love it all!  If you’re a bubble-head then a great place to look for a rosé may be in the sparkling wine section.  Rosé sparklers are some of the most interesting sparkling wines available; bright and crisp but with added flavors, weight and nuances, these wines should definitely be on your list!  Try:  Ferrari RoséPere Ventura Tresor Brut Rosé and Roscato Rosé Dolce.