“Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose.” was written by Gertrude Stein. Most people think that she was talking about a flower. Today, however, it is appropriate to assume that, instead, she was referring to the most subtle and nuanced of wines, the rosé. That’s right, wine lovers, today is National Rosé Day!
The second Saturday in June has been designated as National Rosé Day by whoever is in charge of such things. It is a wonderful day! The weather is not too hot and not too cold, just as a rosé is not too rad and not too white. A perfect match.
Considered by many to be THE original wine, rosé wines were made by the Greeks in 600 B.C. in Provence. Rosé wine gets its unique blush color from its limited time spent in contact with the grape skins. There is a rosé for every palate, from dessert wine sweetness to dusty dry. If someone can’t find one that makes them happy, it may be time to consider beer.
We have found quite a few rosés that make us happy. The Lone Dove Rosé of Malbec is crisp and dry. The Darcie Kent Victories is fruity and aromatic, and the Gianelli Bella Rosato is brisk and refreshing. Our favorite? That depends on the day, the weather, and the setting. All three are on the dry side, with the varietal well presented without a lot of barrel influence. Each can stand alone or pair with a variety of foods. We stock all three, just to keep our options open.
So how will YOU celebrate National Rosé Day?
About the Author: John grills a mean steak and is always in the market for another wine fridge. Believes that if a winery has more than 10 employees, it's probably too big. Buys wine faster than he drinks it, but who cares?
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