Chinook Rosé tasting, May 8 2015

Friday May 8
Riley Fisher

On Friday May 8 we hosted our first tasting dedicated to the love of all things pink which brought together our best selection of Rosé wines and Rosé wine lovers! It’s officially Rosé season everyone! Dust off your patio chairs and head straight down for your supply of delicious Rose refreshments to welcome in the warmer weather!

We began our night with Dumangin Brut Rosé! As staple in our store, it’s no wonder why it was the overwhelming favorite of the night. This non-vintage blend is made up of 54% Chardonnay, 36% Pinot Noir and 10% Pinot Meunier. Very pale pink color, it has a soft and delicate bouquet of wild strawberries and beautifully subtle red florals. Full bodied on the palate but still with plenty of finesse. Bring this to your next brunch or dinner get-together and you’ll be the life of the party! $48.99

2014 CVNE Rosé was next up. This beautiful wine is made from Tempranillo grapes and shows bright strawberry and floral notes. Nice and light, its perfect acidity makes your mouth water for more. It was one of my favorites of the night. $18.99

Shortly after pouring the 2014 Pegau Pink, our third choice for the evening, I had to top some guests for more! This is an incredibly refreshing Rosé from France’s Southern Rhone and a close favourite of the night! Showing pale pink ballet slipper in color with peach, floral and red fruit aromas. Dry, with a crisp, mouth-watering acidity leading to a long, spicy, mineral finish. One of the guests called this her 2PM wine! I think we could all imagine sipping this before, during and after lunch on a hot day! $26.99

Half way through the evening we had a special surprise appearance from the lovely Kathrin Davaz visiting from Chianti Classico’s darling estate, Poggio Al Sole. Kathrin showcased her freshest Rosé (2014) made from Sangiovese, and it was an absolute hit! Fresh and fruity, this makes the perfect pairing for chicken or salmon and was the second favourite of the night! Make sure you get your order in soon as we are expecting arrival in 6-8 weeks and bottles are pre-selling fast! Planning a trip to Tuscany? Check out their estate, they have guest rooms! http://www.poggioalsole.com/en/about-us/

Although this wine had the least votes, I absolutely adored this next rose! The 2013 CARM Rosé is made from a blend of Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo) and Touriga Franca, this unique Portuguese rose was delightful. It’s mouth filling flavours of watermelon and strawberry balanced perfectly with it’s acidity and structure. Lovely price too! $19.99

The third favorite of the night was the 2012 Barra Pinot Noir Rosé. It’s a new addition for us and we are not disappointed! Barra showed beautifully with notes of honeyed strawberries, lychee fruit and a round mouthfeel! It paired wonderfully with cheeses supplied by Peasant Cheese Shop, but I also think it would be a lovely pair with fish tacos, summer salads or grilled fish! $19.99

The 2014 Jelly Jar Rosé was a close favourite as well. With the mesmerizing vibrant pink color (we named her Barbie), it was hard not to like! Made from organically grown old vine Zinfandel, this dry rose was crisp and balanced with hints of strawberry, peach and watermelon! Deliciously refreshing! $29.99

Ending the night on my favorite holiday rose, the 2014 Charles Melton Rosé did not disappoint. A richer Rosé made from predominately Grenache grapes comes from the Barossa Valley in Australia. Beautiful rose petal, allspice and summer berries makes this a perfect match for turkey, fish and sunny days. A great finish to a lovely evening! $26.99

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