Friday, August 1, 2014

not your mother's pink wine

Back in the 1970's and 80's everyone drank white zinfandel, 
it was the "In" wine to drink.  
What most people don't know is it was actually a mistake made at the Sutter Home Winery. The owner was trying to make Rosé  wine and basically screwed up, but made a gazillion dollars anyway.  The real deal is French Rosé from Provence and is the quintessential summer wine. It's made from red grapes, but is crisp and served cold like a white white. It pairs with everything we eat in the summer, grilled meats and seafood, salads, pasta and even cold food with vinaigrettes and garlic. 
Our own West Coast is making some great ones now that aren't sickly sweet like the white zin of the old days. Sunset Magazine did an article this month declaring Pink the New White.  Here's some of their recommendations:

Charles & Charles 2013 Rosé
(Columbia Valley; $11)
"Strawberry, white raspberry, kumquat, and rose petals, walk on the wild side." Sunset Magazine

Inman Family 2013 "Endless Crush" Rosé of Pinot Noir
(Russian River Valley; $25)
"Tart raspberry and bright citrus with hints of wet earth and honeysuckle".
Sunset Magazine

Charles Heintz 2013 Rosé of Pinot Noir
(Sonoma Coast $19)
"Lovely florals, red berries, grapefruit, and earth in pinpoint balance." Sunset Magazine

Drink up the Pink!
Pics from the wineries and pinterest!

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