This post is inspired by a quote I read in this month’s issue of Bon Appetit magazine: There are four seasons; rosé isn’t one of them.
Wine lovers are on a mission to break the hype over rosé season – it’s not only for warm weather.
I can quickly get behind a chilled glass of light pink fermented grape juice at the height of summer by the sea, but at a casual tasting this past weekend, the idea that rosé is an anytime wine solidified for me.
It was a darker, tannic rosé that changed my opinion. Yes, tannic. Not the typical word used to describe the rosé we sip daintily on balconies in 80 degree weather.
Using punch-impact grapes like Zinfandel and implementing a longer skin-contact time in the wine making process, darker and more flavorful rosés with slight tannin are born. Despite the more intense color, the sweetness of these rosés is not amplified (although the dark juicy pink appearance – and sometimes the aroma – might lead you to think it is). Instead, the flavor is stronger and tannic, while the wine remains dry and yet the body is still light – mindbogglingly drinkable.
This bottle of rosé (from a Croatian vineyard, Zlatan) I tasted this weekend could just as easily be paired with an autumn campfire as with the summer poolside. I’m already daydreaming about pairing this wine with veggie burgers at summer cookouts, and yet also keeping it in my stash for next Thanksgiving.
While the goal here is to open the doors to other seasons for rosé, we are entering the season of drinking chilled wines outdoors nonetheless, so now is the time to start exploring new avenues of the pink stuff. Start stocking up. Try a darker rosé next time you indulge, and you’ll see that it can easily carry you into the fall as well.
P.S. Another all-time favorite rosé of mine that everyone MUST try is a sparkling variety – from Bugey-Cerdon “La Cueille”. Dry, crisp, aromatic, fabulous color. Tastes like the color pink without the sweetness.
What are some of your favorite rosés and places to drink it? Let me know in the comments!