THE BESTÂ YEARÂ EVER FOR LOCAL ROSE!
Iâ€™ve been drinking local RosÃ© since day one and have to say that this yearâ€™s crop (2012) is the best ever. For quality â€“ flavours and richness, and number of wines availability. While most of these wines are through the Vintages department I think youâ€™ll find they are well distributed across the province.Â Iâ€™ve arranged my picks from light to rich, from refreshers to meal partners.
Inniskillin 12 Pinot Noir RosÃ© feels light and simple at first, but delicious, strawberry fruits unfold as it warms up. The natural tartness of Pinot delivers zesty refreshment. A candidate for those really hot ways. Would be perfect with an alfresco lunch. INNISKILLIN 12 Pinot Noir RosÃ©, VQA Niagara 336461 Vintages $14.95
Featherstone always makes a friendly, party sipping RosÃ©. Sure to create a carefree mood and put a shine on life.
FEATHERSTONE 12 RosÃ©, VQA Niagara 117861 Vintages $14.95
Charmes RosÃ© could easily be from Provence. Feels semi rich and exotic. Thereâ€™s delicious fruitiness and a warm, sunny day feeling. Would flatter almost any summer meal.
CHATEAU DES CHARMES 12 Rose â€˜CuvÃ©e dâ€™AndrÃ©eâ€™, VQA Niagara-on-the-Lake 333260 Vintages $14.95
Fans of richness will love Pond View and Stratus RosÃ©s. Both deliver luscious mouthfuls of sweet/berry flavor, and a fullness thatâ€™s rare for Niagara. Thereâ€™s also the charm that I once thought was exclusive to the RosÃ©s of Provence. Bravo. Certainly more mealtime than sippers.
POND VIEW 12 Cabernet Franc RosÃ©, VQA Four Mile Creek 241803 Vintages $14.95
STRATUS 12 RosÃ© â€˜Wildassâ€™, VQA Niagara 71712 Vintages $19.95
P.S. The second biggest RosÃ© fan in the world is John Maxwell of Allenâ€™s (on the Danforth) and last week our annual Men in Pink luncheon was attended by 30+ local winemakers. Drinking pink AND wearing pink. Who would have though in conservative Ontario! Check out Allenâ€™s huge VQA list and magical back-yard patio.