Summer and the Rosé is Fine
“Eat, Slay, Rosé, Repeat” – RoseSeason
Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer. You will notice that rosé wines start crowding the shelves at your local wine store. Rosé’s slight fruit tastes as well as light crispness make it a great wine to enjoy during the hotter months of the year.
Rosés vary greatly in their finishes and level of sweetness. The pink color of a rosé can be created by a process known as maceration that keeps the grape skins in contact with the wine for a short amount of time. Rosés gained popularity after World War II throughout Europe and the U.S. While rosés can be found in your local wine store year-round, the summer months are when distributors time their delivery of the largest variety of taste and price points.
Today’s blog will feature two slightly different rosés. The first is a new entry into the wine market –Day Owl Rosé. The catchy bottle and easy to open screw top make this a wine that is easily transportable and a great wine for day time consumption. This is a fruit forward, light rosé with hints of strawberry, cherry, plum and vanilla. It is very crisp and refreshing. Day Owl is made 100% from the Barbera grape varietal originally from Italy. The Barbera grape doesn’t have much tannin, thereby making it one that should be enjoyed within a 1-2-year time frame after bottling.it the perfect grape for summer rosés. Day Owl Rosé has a light floral bouquet and is an off-pink color in your glass. Slight acidity is evident when this rosé hits your tongue and there is a lingering finish. Day Owl Rosé lists for $17.99 retail and I found it on sale for $10.99 per bottle.
PositiveVines Helpful Hint: Maceration is the process by which tannin, color and flavor are extracted from the grape skin into the wine by contact. Roses generally stay in contact with the skins for up to 20 hours.
My next wine is Evoe! Rosé. This is a medium weight Rosé with a full flower bouquet. It was the scent that drew me in. The wine is a blend of Pinot Noir and Trollinger that come from the German region of Wurttemberg in the Southwest corner of the country. Rainer Schnaitmann has developed the winery in a short 15 years going from 21 acres to 61 and becoming one of the top producers in the region.
Evoe! Rosé has a bright lemon zest with hints of strawberry. It is lively and a perfect pairing during summer with cheeses, light meats and fruits. You may have to ask your local wine store owner if they stock this Rosé since it does not appear to be widely distributed in the U.S in larger beverage stores. I found a wide price variety online from $10.00 per bottle on WineOnline.com (full case price) to individual bottles at $18.99 from thewinecountry.com.
Consider selecting a few bottles of these rosés before your next summer excursion or when you are enjoying your backyard this year. Roses pair well with seafood, light hors d-oeuvres and mild cheeses. You can also enjoy them alone as a refreshing wine to enjoy during the day.
Remember to drink what it is that makes you truly happy and always think positively!