I recently had the pleasure of joining a panel of wine bloggers for an online tasting event that placed the spotlight on one of spring and summer’s most popular and refreshing wines – Rosé. The event, called “Pink Out,” is put on annually by RAP (Rosé Avengers and Producers) to promote and celebrate quality Rosé wines. Sadly, and I’ve seen this first-hand, when some people think pink they think of a cheap, sweet, and lackluster wine. This bad rap sometimes prevents people from buying pink colored wines altogether. While “sweet, cheap, and lackluster” may hold true for some pink juice, there are a large number of refreshing and attractive drier examples that not only taste good but are very food-friendly, with light summer fare (hint-hint). If you’ve written off Rosé and have yet to try a bright, crisp, and fairly dry example, visit your local wine shop and give one a swirl, sniff, and sip. I bet you'll enjoy what's inside!
Pink Out 2011 !!!
For Pink Out 2011, the good folks at RAP teamed up with Taste-Live, the world’s premier online wine tasting community, for a virtual tasting event. The online tasting was hosted by Courtney Cochran, sommelier and author of “Hip Tastes”, from the Butterfly restaurant in San Francisco, where Pink Out 2011 festivities were taking place. We had the opportunity to sample three Rosé wines, which were very diverse, well-made, and pleasing. Below are some of the twitter comments from a few wine bloggers and myself as we tasted through the wines.
Gloria Ferrer 2007 Brut Rosé
@Cellarmistress ~ The 2007 Gloria Ferrer Brut Rose is exquisite!!
@Cellarmistress ~ Brut Rose is the single most reason why I prefer pink when I drink sparkling wines!
@TraveleatloveMM ~ Pink plus bubbly equals happy :)
@myvinespot 07 ~ Gloria Ferrer Brut Rosé Starts out w/pleasing yeasty accents followed by vibrant red fruit, refined texture.
@myvinespot 07 ~ Gloria Ferrer Brut Rosé Dancing bubbles, Vibrant red fruit, moderate complexity -- a glass full of yummy :-)
Chateau d'Esclans 2007 "Garrus"
@TraveleatloveMM ~ We are in love with #chateaudesclans
@cellarmistress ~ Popping open the motherlode of all Rosé-'07 Chateau D'Esclans Garrus. OMIGOD!!!
@cellarmistress ~ Oh Oh Oh my God! I think I seriously just died and went to Rose' heaven!! #chateaudesclans
@myvinespot ~ '07 Chateau D'Esclans Garrus pale orange, good body for a Rosé, nice acidity, soft red fruit impressions and COMPLEX
@myvinespot ~ '07 Chateau D'Esclans Garrus This is that I would call a cerebral wine -- I'm still thinking.
@cellarmistress ~ This is by far one of the BEST wines I've had lately--2007 Chateau D'Esclans Garrus!
@myvinespot ~ Chateau D'Esclans Garrus 07 Lovely mouth-feel and a viscous mid-palate. Nice job!
@TraveleatloveMM ~ Feeling very lucky to have the opportunity to taste Chateau D'Esclans Garrus 07, thank you!
@myvinespot ~ Chateau D'Esclans Garrus Should also point out this is a "07" - not too many Rosé wines get better w/time.
Robert Oatley 2010 Sangiovese Rosé
@TraveleatloveMM ~ I am so loving the color of the #robertoatleyusa Rose of Sangiovese. What can I say, I love #pinkout!
@cellarmistress ~ Now '10 Robert Oatley Rose' of Sangiovese Mudgee from Australia...Great color, some nice sturdiness to it.
@myvinespot ~ 2010 Robert Oatley Rosé ~ beautiful vibrant color, refreshing acidity, clean, fruit fwd, and satisfying.
@TraveleatloveMM ~ The '10 Robert Oatley Rose' of Sangiovese just says summer to me. Even if it is gray and chilly here!
@myvinespot ~ 2010 Robert Oatley Rosé Well made and good QPR spring / summer Rosé. This is definitely a crowd-pleaser :-)
@BondGyrl ~ At $17 the 10 Robert Oatley Rose' of Sangiovese Mudgee is a must buy for your Summer Brunch gift wines!
** Closing Tweets **
@TraveleatloveMM ~ As always, thanks so much @creativefurnace and @tastelive! Great wines and great people!
@Cellarmistress ~ I think all three wines tonite were a big hit!!!
@myvinespot ~ This was a great selection of Rosé wines tonight ~ very diverse and also very good :-) 2 Pink thumbs up!
Have a question about this post, friends? Feel free to leave a comment or send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, and as always, Happy Sipping! Stay tuned ...more to come!
CLICK HERE to visit Gloria Ferrer's website.
CLICK HERE to visit Chateau d'Esclan's website.
CLICK HERE to visit Robert Oatley's website.
CLICK HERE to visit Rosé Avengers and Producer's website.
CLICK HERE to visit the Taste-Live website.
CLICK HERE to visit Courtney Cochran's website.
CLICK HERE to visit CellarMistress wine blog.
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