By John Garland
The Solo Vino Rosé Tent Tasting was once again a wonderful gathering of beautiful people drinking equally pretty wines. Over 130 were sampled last Sunday – mostly rosé, with some whites, reds and beers thrown in for good measure.
Rosés are perfect wine for the early spring. They’re light and refreshing and, as Kanski notes, they’ll please the red wine drinker and white wine drinker alike. Rosé is also some of the most food-friendly wine on earth. I’m convinced that rosé and barbecued chicken is one of the ultimate food-wine pairings. Just slap a marinade on some thighs and legs, make a salad while that’s chilling in the fridge, grill it up, pop a bottle (well, the second bottle, because you finished the first one while the chicken was marinating), and you have the perfect spring meal.
Now would be a great time to head over to Chuck Kanski’s Selby Avenue bottle shop, as wines are 20% off through the end of the month (notice all my recommendations are under $10?). Despite tasting a couple dozen rosés on Sunday, I managed to write down a few coherent tasting notes for you. You should pick up…(sale prices in parentheses).
Chateau L’Ermitage Rosé ($9.59) – Grenache/syrah/mourvedre from the Rhone valley. Lots of ripeness, so easy-going, perfectly balanced.
Zestos Rosado ($8.79) – An absurd value for a wine so drinkable. Bursting berry fruit from old vine garnacha. Get a case of this stuff before anyone else finds out.
Liquid Geography Rosé ($9.59) – Each year I taste this wine and every year I’m impressed. Zesty, ripe, lively acids prickle around a structure of gorgeous fruit.
Cortijo Rosado ($9.59) – It’s Rioja-lite. All that rich, juicy garnacha in a more streamlined body.
Mulderbosch Rosé ($8.79) – a fine teaching wine because it’s exactly what South African cabernet sauvignon should taste like. That signature smoky/black olive note would kill along side some chicken and Greek salad.