Hang on - I'll get to the International Rosé Day in a minute. But first...
Have you ever been told that you’re naive or unsophisticated because you like a certain type of wine or food?
In fact, it happened this past week when I filled in an online survey to see “what type of wine drinker” I am.
The answer came back from this web site – I was obviously lacking in any knowledge about wine and needed to up my game when it came to understanding wine.
I was offended.
So all that time I spent at college in a teaching winery was a waste – the chemistry, the labs, the biology, the wine making, the soil analysis, the pruning, the viticulture studies, the history, the math (yes MATH), the sensory training – it was all for naught. And then there’s actually WORKING at two different wineries. And I must not forget the studying I did in Florence, Italy to pass (with merit!) the Level 3 for WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust) which is no small achievement. Plus all the travelling and tasting I have done in Europe, North America and Asia. Plus the studying I am currently undertaking to achieve my master level in Provence wines. And then there’s the fact that I’ve spent a lifetime tasting and enjoying wine.
And then I giggled.
That answer was sent to me because I chose ROSÉ as the wine I like best right now.
Wow. Just WOW.
Rosé really gets a bad rap sometimes. But only here in North America, and only among unsophisticated and naive wine drinkers and wine bloggers (I really enjoyed writing this last sentence).
Rosé is trending throughout the world. When you spend time in countries like France and Spain, many of the wine bottles you see on restaurant tables are rosés! At ANY time of the year. With ANY and ALL types of food. I know. I’ve been there and I’ve seen it. And had the occasional glass of rosé myself in those restaurants (OK – maybe more than an “occasional” glass!)
In 2013, rosé represented 30% of total wine consumption in France. In FRANCE!!!!
So what do the French know that we don’t?... that rosé is an extremely versatile wine... that it’s easy to pair with food ranging from salads and creamy cheeses to burgers and steaks and heavy stews. That rosé ranges from the palest of pale gray to a red tone that verges on what you’d see in a red wine such as Pinot Noir. That there is a rosé for almost every food and every occasion!
Every August 14th has been designated International Rosé Day. To celebrate this day, and for the rest of the month, I’m going to be drinking rosé. Well into the fall... and well into winter. I love rosé. If you haven’t tried it, start experimenting. There are so many different types out there. (And please, do yourself a favour and avoid sweet Zinfandel and other sweet rosés. Try the dry rosés that are available from Spain and France - look for regions such as Ventoux, Penedes, Rioja, Tavel, Provence, to name only a few. You’ll be absolutely amazed at the flavors and food pairing options they offer.)
And best of all... come join us on one of our Wine DeTours! You’ll have the opportunity to taste out-of-this-world rosés with amazing food on a wine tour that's like nothing you've experienced before.