JUNE 1, 2017
BY Sarah Kavanaugh

Some people call it pink wine, girly wine, white Zinfandel...I call it rosé!

If you're one of those people who loves drinking rosé and always looks forward to current vintages, well skip this part and just read about the wines below. If you relate to the "girly wine" statement, then it's my job to convince you otherwise!

Let's first address any white Zinfandel issues, because this is not that. White Zinfandel was made popular back in the mid 70’s by Sutter Home. The wine itself happened by accident, but remains one of the top selling brands for the company. That's all great, but white Zinfandel is sweet and is not the best food wine. For the uninitiated, rosé consists of red fruits with bright acidity, and is dry on the palate.

If you refer to rosé as “pink wine” or “girly wine”...well you're right about the color. It can be all sorts of pink shades depending on the grape. But hear me out... in no way is this wine considered “girly." The most masculine men I know drink rosé, including my husband. So get all those thoughts out of your head, and go out and try some this summer!

Made from several different grapes varietals, rosé comes from all over the world. Created from the minimal amount of time the grape skin and juice meet each other, this contact creates a wine that's a beautiful combination of red and white. The wine’s taste combines tart berry fruits with bright acidity and depth. Rosé is the perfect summertime wine, and I always look forward to its release.

Domaine du Bagnol (Cassis) ‘16
A blend of Grenache, Mourvèdre, and Cinsault, this wine has a super bright berry flavor and a tart, almost orange peel on the palate. Both bright and refreshing, I could and probably drink the majority of this wine on a boat. I highly recommend you doing the same!

Château Peyrassol (Côtes de Provence) ‘16
Harvested from vines that are around 35 years old, this beauty is composed mainly of Cinsault, Grenache, and Syrah. The juice of this wine sits a bit longer on the grape skin, giving it a hint of a darker color with more intense aroma and flavor. Definitely one of my favorites!!

Triennes (Méditerrainée) '16
Two of Burgundies greatest names, Jacques Seysses of Domaine Dujac, and Aubert de Villaine, co-owner of DRC, are partners behind this pioneering brand, located in Provence, just northeast of Marseille. They began searching for a vineyard site in south of France in the 1980’s, purchasing the estate in 1989. Mostly Cinsault, with a little Grenache, Syrah, and Merlot, you’ll taste strawberries and cranberry notes with some green apple skin and tangy mineral notes.

Rosé de Printemps (Côtes-du-Provence) '16
This light and crisp rosé literally translates to "Rose of Spring," and with bright acidity and mouth-feel, this wine has loads of flavor. Made from 69% Grenache, 20% Syrah, and 20% Cinsault, it's a wine that's not to be taken too seriously, so get yourself a magnum and have a rosé party!

Château Pradeaux (Bandol) ’16
Despite the light pink delicate color, these wines are meant to be taken seriously. 50% Cinsault and 50% Mourvèdre, this wine is rich and complex with the ability to age even more beautifully. The juice and the skins are pressed together for 24 hours, and then fermented and aged. This is one of those wines you have to wait for at least until May, as it isn't bottled until mid-April. However, it's definitely worth the wait!

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