Rose is a unique type of wine - it offers the freshness of a white wine with the structure of a red wine.
Here are a few of my current favourites from local Niagara wineries.
I recently discovered this Cabernet Rose while visiting Creekside Estate Winery in Jordan. The hot pink label was a standout and so was the wine. How pretty would this be to serve at a bridal shower or a christening party for a baby girl?
Made from Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grapes, this wine has 'a big nose with intense aromas of wild strawberry, red currants and orange blossom' and is delicious with fresh smoked salmon, roast chicken with fresh herbs, barbecued pork tenderloin or spicy sausage. ( I am sipping a glass as I write this post.)
Another pink wine I love is from Lailey - a winery in Niagara on the Lake. This dry, deeper coloured rose is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Malbec making it a terrific food wine.
According to wine expert Beppi Crosariol from the Globe and Mail, " At their best, dry rose's deliver an uncanny essence of summer berries, lifted by crisp acidity and often a hint of fresh herbs. They are consummate warm-weather aperitifs, but they also pair sumptuously with a variety of foods."
And how about rose sangria? Check out the Early Summer issue of the LCBO's coveted Food and Drink magazine for a delightful drink made with strawberries, watermelon and grapefruit. This party-favourite drink can be made 2 days ahead of time allowing for the flavours to infuse.
So kick back and relax with a lighter but flavourful wine. Cheers to Rose'!