America has fallen in love with rosé wines, one of the fastest growing segments of the US wine market.
Popularized in the South of France, rosé is now made in every major wine region around the world, including Southern California's premier wine region, the Temecula Valley.
As a matter of fact, wineries here have been making rosés for decades - Hart Winery made its first pink wine, a Rosé of Grenache, in 1980, the year the winery opened!
Originally posted on Broadwayworld.com Food + Wine Today on April 3rd, 2016
America has fallen in love with rosé wines, one of the fastest growing segments of the US wine market. Popularized in the South of France, rosé is now made in every major wine region around the world, including Southern California's premier wine region, the Temecula Valley. As a matter of fact, wineries here have been making rosés for decades - Hart Winery made its first pink wine, a Rosé of Grenache, in 1980, the year the winery opened!
From sensuously sweet to classically dry to splendidly sparkling, Temecula Valley wineries deliver a myriad of styles to suit every palate and occasion.
Rosés are created by limiting the amount of time the skins of the grapes are left to sit with the colorless juice, often for only a few hours. This minimal skin contact creates a wide a range of shades, from pale salmon pink, to raspberry through to deeper strawberry hues. The grape variety will also influence the final tone. Thicker skinned varieties, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo and Cinsault, lend a slightly deeper berry red to the finished wine, while those crafted from more delicate grapes, like Grenache, may have a paler, rose-petal tinge.
But don't be fooled into thinking that lighter means leaner when it comes to aroma and taste! Paler wines may explode with just as many notes of strawberry, raspberry, watermelon, cranberry, ripe peach and deep citrus as their bolder-colored cousins.
According to Nielsen, sales of rosé wines priced over $11 are up a staggering 60%, accounting for .2% of all table wine, about the same size as the entire US market for the wines of Portugal or South Africa. One reason for the popularity of rosé, besides its easy-drinking, laid-back, relaxed vibe, is its versatility. It's easy to sip on its own, at the beach or poolside, and it can be the perfect foil for food. No matter the occasion, you'll find a Temecula Valley rosé that will prove the perfect compliment.
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Sparkling rosé is always a wonderful way to start a gathering of any kind. Award-winning South Coast Winery produces four fabulous pink sparklers including their NV Blanc de Noir, a classic dry style, and the popular Ruby Cuveé with a touch of berry-filled sweetness. Not to be outdone, Thornton Winery has been creating sparkling wines for many years and features several sparkling rosés on its extensive list, as do Oak Mountain Winery, Wiens and Wilson Creek wineries. These high-quality blushing bubblies fall in the $19 to $38 price range.
The region of Provence, in the south of France, is the benchmark for traditional, dry, food-friendly rosé. That tradition is alive and well in Temecula, with many of the wineries emulating this classic style, approachability priced at an average of $22.
Hart Winery has a delightful Rosé of Tempranillo, or venture next door and try Callaway Vineyard & Winery's Rosé of Sangiovese - it's won a bevy of awards since its initial 2008 vintage. Travel down Rancho California Road and sample Miramonte Winery's Rosé, made from a blend of typical Mediterranean grape varieties: Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah. Oak Mountain Winery, on the DePortola Trail, produces several variations on the Rosé theme, including their multiple-award-winning 2013 River Rhodes Rosé made with 100% Syrah. Or enjoy a bottle of Vindemia Winery's Vermeille Grenache 2013, a lovely single-varietal pink wine.
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