Rosé is back in vogue! See what is new and well worth tasting this spring and summer.
Rosés are made from the juice of red grapes, which were allowed only limited contact with the grape skins after the grapes were crushed. The resulting wines can range in color from a faint blush, to a dark rose. While rosé may be the quintessential summer wine, for the past few decades it’s not been a particularly fashionable wine. Wine, like clothing, has its fashions and fads, and until very recently rosé has been like the seersucker suit—a great, but dated, choice for summer weather. Fortunately though, fashions change, and while the seersucker suit may never come back, rosé’s popularity is once again on the rise.
Many wine producers and importers long ago stopped stop releasing new rosés, but a few companies have resisted the pressures, and year after year have continued to produce new vintages of rosé. It was these companies who have made rosé’s re-insurgent popularity possible. In the kosher wine world no company has done more for rosés than the Royal Wine Corp., which consistently produces or imports an impressive line of kosher rosés; and this year’s crop of Royal Wine rosés is better than ever.
Consistently, one of the very best kosher rosés is always Domaine Lafond’s Tavel Rosé. The town of Tavel, located in the southern part of France’s Rhone Valley, has long been known for it dry rosé wines, which were a favorite of King Louis XIV. Made from a Grenache dominated blend, the kosher Tavel rosé from Domaine Lafond is a bone dry, light bodied, dark-peach colored wine. Look for a floral bouquet with elements of peach and strawberry, and flavors of cherries, strawberries and citrus fruits, with a hint of watermelon. It would be the perfect accompaniment for a grilled tuna steak.
In Israel, Pierre Miodownick, Royal Wine’s Chief European Winemaker, makes an excellent Rhone-style rosé that one could almost swear was from Tavel. With a rich-peach color and flavors and aromas of strawberries, peaches, cantaloupe, and watermelon, this new, crisp, dry rosé is sure to be a crowd pleaser.
Also excellent is Capçanes’, Peraj Petita Rosat. This dark-rose colored wine is the first kosher Spanish rosé to be exported to the United States, and it is a truly refreshing wine. Made of a blend of Grenache, Tempranillo, and Merlot, this dry rosé has flavors and aromas of cherries, strawberries, and bananas, with a nice spicy note of earthiness. It’s a great choice for a barbeque. I was fortunate enough to taste this wine last week. A guest brought this hard to get Rose as a gift and everyone loved it. It’s a heartier Rose and paired perfectly with light grilled chicken and the roast turkey breast that I served.
Those who prefer their rosés to be a bit sweet should try Baron Herzog’s White Zinfandel—it’s a Californian classic. Light-bodied, and semi-sweet, this peach-colored wine has a captivating flavor of apples, strawberries and cotton candy. It would be a perfect accompaniment for a cold fruit soup.
Finally, for those decadent moments, when nothing less would do, pick up a bottle of Laurent Perrier’s Cuvée Rosé Brut Champagne, which is undoubtedly the best kosher rosé available. Made from Pinot Noir grapes, this dark-peach-colored sparkling wine is slightly sweeter, and much fruiter, than most white brut Champagnes. It has a delightfully yeasty bouquet of heather, citrus and cherries; a rich flavor of raspberries, lemons, gooseberries, Queen Anne cherries, bergamots, heather and yeast; and an abundant supply of tiny bubbles.
This summer, be a trendsetter and pick up some of Royal Wine Corps.’ excellent rosés. They’ll help make your summer sparkle.