It’s Rosé season – and it’s one of our favorite times of the year!
The 2015 Rosés are exceptional, especially the ones coming out of Europe, says Andrew McMurray, VP at Zachys Wine & Liquor in Scarsdale, NY.
The European growing season wasn’t looking so great at first. It was very hot and many vintners were worried that their grapes would then be too ripe. But Mother Nature worked her magic, brought in some storms and “fixed” everything.
So the 2015 Rosés actually give us a sneak peak into the upcoming wines, notes McMurray.
Because remember, most European Rosé wines are blends of multiple grapes like Grenache, Sangiovese, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Carignan, Cinsault, and/or Pinot Noir – so we get to preview all those grapes.
But before you run out and buy up cases of this “springtime-in-a-bottle,” make sure you ask yourself some questions, suggests McMurray.
Rosés are made all over the world now and serve different purposes: Some are great with food, some without. Some can actually be cellared, many can be drunk on the ride home.
So make sure you know what you want when you start buying.
Also know that you can find many amazing Rosés for under $20 and at about 80 calories per glass you can (and should!) drink it with EVERYTHING – especially BBQ! Or the sun. Or a long day.
So here are a few suggestions to get the season started:
Chateau Puech-Haut Rose Cuvee Prestige Coteaux, $17, from Languedoc, France. Cinsaut and Grenache grapes.
Charles and Charles Rosé, $13, from Columbia Valley, Washington. Syrah.
Mulderbosch, $10, from Stellenbosch, South Africa. Cabernet Sauvignon.
Schloss Gobelsburg Domaene Gobelsburg Rose, $16, from Kamptal, Austria. Zweigelt and St. Laurent grapes.
Tracy Byrnes, former FOX Business Network anchor and host of “Wine with Me” for Foxnews.com, is editor-in-chief and chief contributor of The Sip.