Tomorrow is the second Saturday of June — which means it is Rose Day! Cheers!
Join us on June 10 in celebrating this festive, pretty in pink wine! Go sweet like my grandma or dry like the traditional style from Provence France or explore the world of Rose and its many variances in style, sweetness, color, technique of production, and grape!
This month on #WineStudio, we are once again going pink! On Tuesdays from 6-7pm PST, we are tasting wines from four different regions starting with France, traveling to Spain on June 13, then two sites in California: Mendocino and Napa.
6 June – We were joined on twitter by fourth-generation vine grower and first generation vigneron Jean-Claude Mas who says “Languedoc is a destination for fine rosé, thanks to the wide variety of soils and ideal varietals.” We tasted Coté Mas Rosé Aurore 2016 Sud de France $11 and Arrogant Frog Rosé 2016 Languedoc $10 (and compared them to two wines from Lodi) plus
Côté Mas Crémant de Limoux Rosé Brut NV St. Hilaire Languedoc $16 which is a great wine to toast Rose Day with!
Cote Mas – cremant de limoux – Rose Brut – 12% alcohol -$16.00
This wine is composed of 70% Chardonnay, 20% Chenin, 10% Pinot Noir and it makes a very pretty coppery salmon rose gold, very quiet and calm. It has a super classy label with pretty colored on the foil with a cap underneath with an M on it creating a lovely, festive “unboxing” experience. The pelage is not particularly fine in nature, more gassey but not quite as gassey as soda.
The taco and the sparkling wine made for a perfect pairing, pink on pink, subtle yet complex flavors in both our tuna tacos and the wine. It loved the savory, sweetness of our tacos.
On the nose, fruity, florals and yeast, like fresh strawberry bread if there were such a thing or like a strawberry pastry, yeasty, baked bread. It’s relatively quiet on the note with a bit of raspberry also.
On the palate, lively, fun bubbles, with citrus and mineral, bright lemony not meyer, brisk clean finish.
Don’t use a flute! Use a nice wine glass!
When sipping this wine in a Pinot Grigio glass it showcases the aromatics, where in a Chardonnay glass it highlights both the bubbles and the nose.
Cheers to ROSE DAY!
PS What’s next for #WineStudio this month as we continue our educational foray into ROSE?
13 June – The Arinzano Estate has earned an environmentally friendly World Wildlife Fund award. We will be tasting: Hacienda de Arinzano Rosé 2016 (100% Tempranillo) $20.
20 June – Bonterra winemaker Jeff Cichocki crafts his rose with vacation and a Provençal style in mind! Rosé grapes hail from some of Mendocino’s most exciting organic vineyards. Winemaker Sebastian Donoso joins us– bring your questions about biodynamic wine! The Bonterra Rosé 2016 Mendocino is comprised of Grenache, Sangiovese, Nebbiolo and SRP is $16. This wine is easy to find so pick up and bottle and join us online from 6-7pm on T. June 20!
27 June – Conn Creek Winery was founded nearly 40 years ago to focus on Cabernet Sauvignon and other Bordeaux varieties” “Mike McGrath started with Conn Creek back in the 1980s and perhaps is one of the longest tenured Napa Valley winemakers working for just one winery. Occasionally Conn Creek makes a small lot of wine in a spirit of experimentation and fun, so this Rosé of Malbec is the result of their most recent experiment with just 67 cases produced!” We will be tasting: Conn Creek Rosé of Malbec 2016 Antica Vineyard, Atlas Peak, Napa Valley $24 and joined by Alyssa Taylor Enologist @alyssaataylor, Christina Starr Communications Manager, Luxury & Import Wines St. Michelle Wine Estates NS @conncreekwinery Tracey Hoff Visitor Center Manager at Conn Creek Winery @Tracey914 .