I am always looking for the perfect wine to bring to a summer BBQ…something that will be a crowd pleaser and go well with warm weather and summer foods. After a visit to Annadel Estate Winery last fall, I was introduced Big Pink Rosé. Annadel, owned by Dean Bordigioni, is one of the most beautiful properties in Sonoma County and hosts some of the most picturesque weddings I have ever seen (their weddings have been featured in Martha Stewart Weddings, Real Simple magazine, and C Magazine). It was easy to be romanced by the property but what I really liked was Big Pink.
Big Pink 2009 Rosé comes from the Alexander Valley and is a Rosé of Zinfandel. It has 14.5% alcohol and retails for $20. (Big Pink is named after the Harley on the bottle below…Bordigioni once owned a Harley dealership, this particular model started off red, but due to a faulty paint job, faded to pink…not such a tough motorcycle now, huh?) For more information see www.AnnadelEstateWinery.com
Big Pink 2009 Rosé pours a light red. The nose is full of sweet berries including strawberries and raspberries. The wine has a “big” berry taste and ends with a smooth, dry finish. While Big Pink is not a refined Rosé, it is a fun wine and very easy to drink…especially when the weather is warm. This is a great summer wine so you may want to hop on their website and grab a bottle..or you can do I as did and order a case!
My Wine Rating- B+
*Wine Pairing Note- I have been asked a lot lately about wine pairing for hot dogs since summer is coming quickly. Big Pink Rosé is among one of my favorites to sip with hot dogs on a warm summer day!