The Rose Season

Sometimes the Board does good. Such as their practice of adding a bunch of Rosés to the shelves for the Summer season. However, they never buy enough. So, stock-up once you discover a favourite.

On any given sunny day, on a leafy patio, overlooking a lake, I’d find joy in just about any Rosé, but the following will tip the odds in favour of a special experience. Spain and the South of France are still the masters of this wine style. With Spain winning for value, and France scoring for charm, as well as authenticity.

Hopefully there is no longer the need for me to say that Rosé is a dry wine, and that they vary in weight from light to rich. There are differences.

CAMPO VIEJO 15 Rioja, Spain 175620 $11.70
Campo Viejo has come up with the goods again. Another delicious, semi-rich Rosé that scores for refreshment while also delivering enough heft for the supper table. Bravo.

BODEGAS GRAN FEUDO 15 Rosé, Navarra, Spain 165845 $11.95
Gran Feudo has been a little thin of late, but this vintage is better. Fresh, frank, fruity with the “˜good for most things’ feeling.

LA VIEILLE FERME 15 Rosé, Ventoux, France 622134 $10.95
Why pay more! When you can have South of France personality ““ fruity/herbaceous/richish ““ for this price. La Vieille Ferme is on par with most of the $15″“$18 Rosés offered at Vintages.

P.S. Some summers I buy one of those curvy, sexy Provence bottles ““ and re-use it as a carafe for my “˜bargain’ wines.

CONO SUR 15 Pinot Noir Rosé, Chile 318014 $9.95
Fruity, but drier than in previous years. Yummy, crowdpleasing party gulper. At a great price. Cono Sur scores again.

MUGA 15 Rioja Rosé, Spain 603795 Vintages $13.95
Appears simple at first, but there’s savoury flavours and richness lurking. Waiting to rock your food. And world.

DUCA CATEMARIO 15 Pinot Gris Rosé, Venezie, Italy 451146 Vintages $14.95
Bone dry, and super refreshing. Classy feeling to kick-off a special luncheon or supper.

CAVE SPRING 15 Rosé, VQA Niagara 295006 $14.95
Fruity, fresh, frank. Very decent stuff. Pick of the locals.


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