Pink – it’s the new red.

May 15, 2012 by

Pink – it’s the new red.

OK, I’ll admit it – pink is not one of my favorite colors. You won’t find any pink clothing in my closet, much to the chagrin of my more girly-girlfriends (I’m more of a black leather and lace, jeans and heels kinda gal). You will, however, find lots of pink in my cellar, or to be more honest, my wine closet.
I LOVE dry Rosé, particularly when the weather is warm. Oh yeah!

Rosé is also incredibly versatile – it pairs wonderfully well with many different foods, including salmon, turkey, pork, cheeses and fruit. In my humble opinion, dry Rosé is the ultimate picnic wine (well, I also LOVE Pinot Noir and Gewürztraminer for picnics, but I’ll take a good dry Rosé any time).

I recently tasted a handful of Rosé wines from California and a couple of sparklers from Spain and Italy. The following wines were my favorites:

Five Stars
Martin Ray
2011 Rosé of Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley $16
This delicious wine should come with a warning label, because it is waaaay to easy to drink. A wench could get in real trouble with this wine. Grin.
Mouthwatering aromas of strawberry, cherry and raspberry are enhanced just by a pinch of savory green herb notes. These aromas continue as flavors in the luscious, juicy mouthfeel and linger on through the finish, begging for another sip, and another…

Five Stars
Hop Kiln
2011 Rosé of Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley $24
Wickedly dry, but loaded with berry/cherry and spice aromas and flavors, this gorgeous Rosé is reminiscent of a dry French Rosé. Think Catherine Deneuve in the movie “Cat People – ” slinky, sexy and totally alluring and you’ll be with me on my happy, wenchy planet. Mrrow!

Five Stars
Toad Hollow
2011 “Eye of the Toad” Rosé of Pinot Noir, Sonoma County $13
Sun-warmed Bing cherry, strawberry and spice potpourri aromas delight the nose and continue as flavors in the crisp, dry mouth. Sassy!

Four Stars
Freixenet
NV Elyssia Pinot Noir Brut, Spain $18
Like Drew Barrymore eating Strawberry Pop Tarts as she sunbathes in a sequined bikini, this wine is sparkly, fruity and enjoyable. Aromas and flavors of strawberry and raspberry abound, all wrapped up in a bright, effervescent mouthfeel.

Four Stars
Villa Sandi
NV Il Fresco Rosato Spumante, Italy $15
Oooh! Pretty! Alluring aromas of sugar-dipped lavender, strawberry and cherry lure the taster into a semi-sweet, sparkling mouthful of delight. Perfect for poolside sipping! Oh, Cabaña Boy, rub more suntan oil on my back, please, and bring me another glass of this bubbly!

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