What follows #RoséAllMay?
What pairs well with summer? Rosé!
Also fall, winter, and spring if you ask me!
Yep, for me it’s rosé wine all day every day please!
The second Saturday of June, today, June 13 is Rosé Wine Day, and to celebrate, we have three rosé wines from the Finger Lakes region of New York, a region just south of Lake Ontario and the city of Rochester in the northern part of the state. The deep glacial lakes moderate the temperatures so that wine grapes thrive– they don’t die or get damaged from frost in winter or spring and they don’t get too hot in the summer.
“Why do the bottles say ‘dry” rosé wine?” someone asked.
In the 1980s there was a phenomenon of sweet pink wine, primarily what was known as “white zinfandel.” My grandma loved it, and so did many others. When I worked at Ridge in 1984 and 1985, they even made one that had low residual sugar but it was still known as white zinfandel.
But in France, in Provence, rosé wine is dry, and it’s not known as “white grenache” even though grenache is likely to be the primary grape. You don’t even need to say that a rosé wine is dry because everyone knows that’s what you’re going to get.
Because of the prevalence of white zin, and and all pink wine made and sipped in the US became suspect: was it going to be sweet? flabby? lacking in acid and structure and character?
Pink wine had to redeem itself, and indeed it has; read more here about the rosé wine revolution.
However, part of the process to solve the problem has been to clarify whether a rosé wine is sweet or dry — in a similar fashion to riesling in the US which now often sports an axis indication how sweet or dry it is.
Today rosé wine in the US and around the world made by boutique, small and large production wineries is:
- more likely to be dry than sweet
- made from a wide range of red grapes
- produced all over the world
- popular all day and all year
We paired these rosé wines with a beet salad and a middle eastern spiced stew made in the instant pot to keep the house cool.
2019 Keuka Spring Dry Rosé
Blend: Lemberger, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon
As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, on June 3 on Facebook, Keuka Spring’s introduced their new winemaker, Lynne Fahy, who has extensive experience from Finger Lakes, Oregon, and New Zealand wineries, and is busy bottling 2019 vintages.
Color: Salmon, Coppery, Rose gold
Nose: Pollen, Pear, Orchard fruit flowers, Lots of fruit on the nose
Palate: Very fruit forward without being sweet, jack fruit, juicy fruit gum. This is a simple wine. There isn’t much of a finish, not much acidity. It is an easy drinking summer sipper. Great by the poolside or at the beach. Slight saline at the back of the palate.
Pairing: Great with the beet salad, it loves the candied pumpkin nuts, really likes the beets. Very nice with the lamb stew, bringing out fruit in the wine. Not so good with the kale.
2019 Zugibe Vineyards Rosé wine
Color: Coppery, orange gold, orange rim
Nose: Mud, grass, like the lake shore, Putty, fennel, fennel pollen, freshly watered rose garden.
Palate: Nice viscosity, funk on the front, pollen on the back, fruitiness with out being fruit forward, cherry, cherry
Pairing: Better with food than without, good with the cauliflower, It likes the spices in the lamb as well as the chick peas, fought with the beet salad a bit, it didn’t like the feta, Kale was too bitter.
2019 Fox Run Dry Rosé
Read about the Fox Run Riesling here.
Color: Pretty pink – rose – mauve. We liked how the pink of the wine tied into the color of the label
Nose: Grassy, saline, cherry, rhubarb, raspberry
Palate: Fruit forward, bright tart fruit, raspberry, silt
Pairing: Sue bought a fig salami with cinnamon and pistachio that was perfect with the wine. The spice and the fruit in the salami went so fantastically with the wine. Really nice with the D’Affinois, the creamy richness of the cheese is so fantastic and brings out fabulous fruit in the wine. The salt brined olives were a bit too salty for the wine and did not make a very good pair. Alright with the kale, but not great, The rose really likes the spices in the lamb stew. It likes the blue cheese dressing and the earthy beets in the salad. Fantastic with the creamy Dorothy’s Creamery Keep Dreaming cheese bringing out the fruit in the wine. The wine becomes very clean with the lamb stew. Mikale really liked this wine with the beet salad.
Happy Rosé Wine Day! Cheers! What’s in YOUR glass? Do you have a favorite Rosé wine? Do you want your rosé bone dry or with a little or a lot of sweetness?
Learn more bout the Finger Lakes by checking out these posts:
- Wendy at A Day in the Life on the Farm is “Exploring the Wines of New York’s Finger Lakes Region.”
- Camilla at Culinary Adventures with Camilla is pairing “Bibimbap with Garden Banchan + Forge Cellars Classique Riesling 2017.”
- Lori at Dracaena Wines is “Delving Into the History of the Finger Lakes with John Wagner.”
- David at Cooking Chat is exploring “Finger Lakes Wine Paired with Everyday Favorites.”
- Cindy at Grape Experiences shares “An Impressive New York Treasure: the Finger Lakes Wine Region.”
- Teri at Our Good Life pairs “Zero Degree Riesling with Pan Seared Scallops over Cheesy Grits.”
- Jeff at Food Wine Click! suggests “New York Finger Lakes – I Hope You Like Riesling!”
- Jill at L’OCCASION offers “New York Finger Lakes: Wine For Summer Pairings.”
- Pinny at Chinese Food and Wine Pairings shares “New York Finger Lakes Wines – Lonesome Stony Rose and Fox Run Rieslings Paired with Quick-Prepped Seafood.”
- Jane at Always Ravenous offers “Picnic Fare Paired with Finger Lake Wines.”
- Rupal at Syrah Queen discusses “The Charm Of New York Finger Lakes Rieslings.”
- Robin at Crushed Grape Chronicles is pairing “Finger Lake Riesling and Alsatian Salmon.”
- Gwendolyn at Wine Predator offers two posts: “Two Riesling from the Finger Lakes Paired with a Potluck” and “#RoséAllDay for #RoséDay: 3 from New York’s Finger Lakes.”
- Susannah at Avvinare shares “Delightful wines from the Finger Lakes.”
- Jennifer at Vino Travels takes a look at “Wines from Around Upstate New York’s Finger Lakes Wine Region.”
- Finally, Linda at My Full Wine Glass is sharing two posts: “Three Takes on Finger Lakes NY Cabernet Franc Rosé” and “Two Pair of NY Finger Lakes Riesling – a Winning Hand.”
Join our discussion or check out what we had to say by following the hashtag #WinePW at 8am Pacific Sat. June 13.
- Welcome to the #WinePW chat on NY Finger Lakes wine. Introduce yourself and share where you’re tweeting from. Share a link to your blog if applicable.
6/13/2020 11:05 a.m. EST
- Q1 We’re talking about the NY Finger Lakes this morning for today’s #WinePW. Is it easy for you to find these wines where you live?
6/13/2020 11:10 a.m. EST
- Q2 Tell us about the wine you tasted and the producer. Share the grape variety/varieties. #WinePW
6/13/2020 11:15 a.m. EST
- Q3 Was this a new region for you? Have you had much experience with Finger Lakes wine? #WinePW
6/13/2020 11:20 a.m. EST
- Q4. Was there anything about the region or producer that particularly stood out for you? Share a picture and your tasting notes. #WinePW
6/13/2020 11:30 a.m. EST
- Q5 What dish did you prepare? How was the pairing? Share a link or photo. #WinePW
6/13/2020 11:40 a.m. EST
- Q6 Did your Finger Lakes wine remind you of any other cool-climate wine regions? Which ones? How did they compare? #WinePW
6/13/2020 11:45a.m. EST
- Q7 Have you visited the Finger Lakes region? Would you like to visit after the pandemic ends? #WinePW
6/13/2020 11:50 a.m. EST
- Q8 How can Finger Lakes wines become better known? #WinePW
6/13/2020 11:55 a.m. EST
- Q9 Any final thoughts about Finger Lakes wine? #WinePW
6/13/2020 Noon EST
Thank you to everyone who participated in today’s chat. Next month #WinePW will be focusing on the wines of Moldova with Jeff @foodwineclick as our host. Join us!