Summer Wine Features: Dry Rosé
As the warm weather approaches, so does the perfect time of year for dry rosés. With the crispness and acidity of white wine and hints of the body and structure of a red wine, the dry rosé is the perfect accompaniment to warm summer evenings and lighter, summer fare (they go perfectly with our June crab features!).
Dry rosés are made when red grapes are pressed and the juice is left in contact with the skins for a short amount of time (usually one to three days). This imparts the resulting wine with lighter versions of the varietals' characteristics-creating a vivacious wine with bit more oomph than many of your white wines. Dry rosés can be made from any red grape varietal: Pinot Noir, Malbec, Cabernet, Syrah, Grenache, as well as any of the lesser-known red varietals. Because of this, their characteristics can vary widely-they are anything but a flat, static category of wine.
This summer we will be offering two different dry rosés:
Happy Valley Vineyard Prairie Rose
A dry blend of Cayuga White and Chancellor grapes that fully ripen on the vine to ensure distinct varietal characters of citrus, cherry and berry flavors and aroma. This dry wine has an exciting mouth feel with a smooth, lingering finish. This wine is grown and made locally by vintner & enologist, Elwin Stewart.
E. Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rose
Crushed stone on the nose leads into dusty cherry flavors and hints of wood and resin. Medium-bodied yet refreshing on the finish. A classic french rosé.
Enjoy theses wine by the glass, the bottle or as part of our featured Summer Wine Flight (Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, and both featured dry rosés). Cheers to warm weather!