May 25th, 2012 -


Rosé Roundup

A rose is a rose is a rose, as Gertrude Stein wrote, but a rosé 
can be even better. This spring and summer, when you want 
the refreshing quality of a white wine but with more weight and
more flavor, choose a dry, French-style rosé. They don’t have 
to come from France– wineries all over the world are making 
wines in this style. The French region they are most identified
 with, Provence, is enjoying record sales right now. So if you
 want to be trendy, embrace chilled dry rosés this spring and 
summer. If you just want good wine, enjoy this style of rosé
 anytime, all year round, like I do. Below are several I 
recommend after recent tastings. Following them are some 
unorthodox, but interesting, pink products I came across while
 looking for rosés, a rosé Port and a rhubarb liqueur.

2011 Rosé of Cabernet Sauvignon, Mulderbosch,
 South Africa, ($12) was a delightful find as it is the first rosé 
I have ever tasted from South Africa. Yummy red fruit, crisp
 with a firm acidity and a sturdy weightiness in the mouth are 
the hallmarks of this wine. 12.5% alcohol.

Janice Fuhrman, May 2012

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