Today is the first Tuesday Night Farmers’ Market of the season in Sonoma and I cannot wait to go. The whole community comes together in Sonoma Square to enjoy wine and food while listening to live music. Rosé is a mainstay in our cooler and we are kicking off the first farmers’ market celebration with a bottle of Domaine de Fontsainte Corbières Gris de Gris Rosé. It is a blend of 50% Grenache Gris, 20% Grenache Noir, 20% Carignan, 5% Cinsault, and 5% Mourvèdre from the Corbières appellation in the Languedoc region of France. The wine is made with minimal intervention in the winemaking process and is imported by Kermit Lynch. It is a Rosé I come back to vintage after vintage and it never seems to disappoint!
The 2015 vintage of Domaine de Fontsainte Corbières Gris de Gris Rosé pours a beautiful salmon color in the glass. The wine has aromas of red berries with hints of citrus. The palate is vibrant and juicy with tastes of strawberries, cherries, and tart cranberries. A fun and refreshing Rosé that we will undoubtedly be enjoying throughout the farmers’ market season! (For all of you fellow Sonomans, Whole Foods Market in Sonoma sells this bottle chilled and ready to sip)
I drink Rosé year round but it is hard not to pop open a bottle even more frequently as the temperature rises. There are so many great bottles of Rosé to choose from however there is one I return to year after year when I am looking for the most bang for my buck…Moulin de Gassac Guilhem Rosé. The wine hails from the Languedoc region of France and is a blend of 50% Syrah and 50% Carignan. The wine is aged in stainless steel and retails for somewhere in the neighborhood of $11 (a steal!).
Moulin de Gassac Guilhem Rosé is fresh and fruity. There are tastes of strawberries and red raspberries with hints of minerality. There is also plenty of acidity and a crisp, refreshing finish. This is type the wine I want to enjoy on a Tuesday evening in Sonoma Square or on a warm Saturday afternoon at the coast. Buy this wine by the case if you can find it because you will want some to sip all summer! (12% alcohol)
It is definitely Rosé season! My inbox is full of new release emails from wineries and every wine shop is stocked full of 2014 Rosés. One of the first bottles I reached for this year is 2014 Moulin de Gassac “Guilhem” Vin de Pays d’Hérault Rosé. Each and every year, this fairly priced Rosé exceeds my expectations. This year, the wine is a blend of 50% Grenache and 50% Syrah from the Languedoc region of France. With a price of $9-10 a bottle, it is hard to pass up!
It has been really warm in SoCal over the last few weeks and I have been constantly sipping Rosé. I recently picked up a bottle of 2013 Domaine de Fontsainte Gris de Gris from a local wine shop and was blown away by what I tasted. This is my favorite Rosé of the season for under $20 by a landslide!
A blend of 70% Grenache Gris and Grenache Noir; 10% Mourvèdre; 10% Carignan; 10% Cinsault from Corbieres. This wine undergoes no malolactic fermentation and is made with minimal intervention in the winemaking process. 12.5% alcohol and a retail price of around $14.
The beautiful salmon color of Domaine de Fontsainte Gris de Gris is really striking. The nose has fresh aromas of watermelon, raspberries, and strawberries The palate is lively and refreshing. There are tastes of red cherries and strawberries along with hints of citrus. The finish is crisp and will keep you reaching for more. A fantastic tasting and well-made wine at a great price!
There is a good chance that most of us will be enjoying a hot dog or two at a BBQ this Memorial weekend as well as throughout the summer. While a lot of people tend to reach for a beer with their hot dog, Rosé is also a really great pairing! Look for a balanced Rosé that is dry with ample acidity so it will hold its own against the meat.
Tablas Creek 2013 Patelin de Tablas Rosé is an excellent choice to reach for whether you are grilling traditional hot dogs or sausages. This blend of Grenache, Mourvedre, and Counoise offers tastes of strawberry, watermelon, citrus, and minerals with healthy acidity and a refreshing finish. A perfect pairing with hot dogs! (14.1% alcohol, SRP $20)
It’s getting warmer every week and that means it’s time to stock up on lighter wines. Last week, I discovered 2013 Moulin de Gassac Guilhem Rosé at Domaine LA and it will likely be taking up several spots in my wine cooler throughout the summer!
A blend of 55% Syrah and 45% Grenache from Languedoc. Organically farmed and fermented in stainless steel. 12% alcohol with a retail price of around $10.
Pouring a pretty coral color in the glass, 2013 Moulin de Gassac Guilhem Rosé opens with aromas of red berries and citrus. The palate is light and refreshing with flavors of strawberries, raspberries, and red cherries along with healthy acidity. Bright, crisp, and super food-friendly. I could (and will!) drink this all summer long!
Late last year, we had an awesome tasting with Kevin Kelley of Salinia Wine Co. and Natural Process Alliance. His juice is nothing short of brilliant and we are anxiously (yet patiently) awaiting to open some of the bottles we brought home with us. A couple of weeks ago we were in a celebratory mood and decided to open up a bottle of NPA 2012 Sparkling Rose. It was just as impressive as when we last sipped it at NPA’s tasting room in Santa Rosa.
This naturally produced Rose hails from Mendocino County and weighs in at 12% alcohol. Kevin bottled it straight from the barrel for us (the wine is part of his bottle exchange program) and crown capped it. The wine opens with aromas of strawberries and red cherries surrounded by hints of minerals. The clean palate has beautiful minerality along with tastes of bright, red fruit. Balanced, delicious, and refreshing…I would sip this all summer if I lived closer!
I have been sipping wines from Lioco for the past couple of years and have become a pretty big fan of the wines they produce. Over the weekend, I imbibed in a couple of glasses of their 2012 Indica Rosé. It is 100% Carignan and retails for around $17 a bottle.
This naturally made Rosé opens with attractive aromas of red berries, rose petals, and citrus. On the palate, there are clean flavors of strawberry, raspberry, and licorice with healthy acidity. Really enjoyable and refreshing. Don’t pass this by just because the weather has cooled down…it is excellent any time of year!
The summer heat brings on a whole new wave of wine and food pairings. Every year it seems that my friends ask me if there is a wine they can pair with hot dogs at their weekend BBQs. They seem perplexed and often rather reach for a beer. While some beers are always great pairings with hot dogs, I think that Rosé is an excellent wine pairing.
Look for a light-bodied Rosé that has soft fruit flavors, healthy acidity, and perhaps a hint of white pepper. One wine I suggest is Tablas Creek’s 2012 Patelin de Tablas Rosé. With ripe, red fruit, hints of citrus, spice, and noticeable acidity, this wine is a great complement to a hot dog (or sausage). ($20, 14% alcohol)
Last time we were in Sonoma, I called up a small, family run winery called Pasterick and tried to schedule a tasting appointment. Friends had told us the property (which includes wine caves) was beautiful and the wines were definitely worth tasting. Unfortunately, they were closed that week and we never got to check them out. So, needless to say, I was super excited when a bottle of their 2012 Estate Rosé of Syrah showed up at my door. It is 100% Syrah with 12% alcohol and comes in at $24 a bottle.
This Rosé is a beautiful, peach-hued copper color and has floral aromas with earthy undertones. The palate is full-bodied with bright acidity. The tastes of watermelon and white pepper that are both refreshing and expressive. Balanced, full of finesse, and perfect for a summer meal!
My Wine Rating – A-
Food Pairing Suggestions – Pair with grilled pork, seafood salad, or as an aperitif.