Ring Around The Rose

Author: Andrew Huber
Let’s face it, there’s no avoiding Rose these days. It seems like everywhere you look there’s another article declaring it the ultimate summer drink. Well, there’s a reason for that – they’re right. There is no finer adult beverage for warm weather than a good glass of rose. Think about it, rose is light, tart, and refreshing. It’s delicious cold, but with a wide serving temperature range of 46-57 degrees, if it warms up a little in the sun, it’s still very enjoyable. With how popular rose is, there’s no excuse not to know at least something about this versatile and classic style
Rose With a Southern Twist: Barboursville Vineyards 2018 Allegrante Rose Virginia

Rose With a Southern Twist: Barboursville Vineyards 2018 Allegrante Rose Virginia

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Yes, you read that right. Our top scoring rose is from Virginia, a state known for it's history, but never for its wine, which is a shame because VA has 276 wineries producing incredible wines, like this |Barboursville Vineyards 2018 Allegrante Rose, Virginia|. Immediately you will notice that the wine is dryer than many roses, with less than 1% residual sugars. You'll also notice lively fruit notes, like the deep but understated sweetness of a ripe tomato, which pairs well with, what else, a baked Virginia ham. The other thing that will catch your attention is the price. At $19.99 a bottle, this top rated pick is also a top value. If the Barboursville piques your interest about Virginia wines, read about VA's hometown hero grape varietal, the Norton.

Heaven in a Glass: Eden Rift Vineyards 2018 Estate Rosé, Pinot Noir, Cienega Valley

Heaven in a Glass: Eden Rift Vineyards 2018 Estate Rosé, Pinot Noir, Cienega Valley

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Though often eclipsed by its more famous counterpart the Napa Valley, the American Viticultural Area known as the Cienega Valley is producing excellent wines, as evidenced by the 92 point rating we gave the |Eden Rift Vineyards 2018 Estate Rose, Pinot Noir, Cienega Valley|. This rose just exudes summer, with fruit forward everything, from the tropical aromas of guanabana and guava to juicy strawberry flavors. To say it's an easy drinking wine is an understatement – you might as well throw away the cork when you open this wine, because whether you're drinking it on its own or pairing it with a delicate food like salmon or turkey, the bottle is going to be gone before you know it.

Vive la France: Château Minuty 2018 Rosé et Or, Côtes de Provence

Vive la France: Château Minuty 2018 Rosé et Or, Côtes de Provence

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The very first thing you will see when you pick up this bottle of |Chateau Minuty 2018 Rose et Or, Cotes de Provence| is that it's silvery pink color is far less vibrant than many of the other rose wines you see on the shelf. You might even mistake it on the shelf for a particularly colorful white wine like our top rated |Duck Pond 2018 Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley|, but make no mistake, this is a rose through and through. In fact, Cotes de Provence produces nearly nothing but rose wines, making the producers there experts in creating the berry and melon notes that good rose wines are known for. A particularly great example of the region, Chateau Minuty has produced a sophisticated and lively wine with just a small hint of oak.

Fine Wine on a Dime: Alain de la Treille 2018 Le Rosé, France

Fine Wine on a Dime: Alain de la Treille 2018 Le Rosé, France

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At $11.99 per bottle, this French rose blend is not only an incredible wine, it's an incredible value as well. Our tasters called the aromas 'interesting,' which is a bit of an understatement considering they found notes of pickle relish along with spiced berries and plantains. It's certainly a strange combination but it's a combination that works perfectly. The flavors are no less eclectic, with watermelon, cherry, and, of all things, nut brittle making appearances, this complex rose will keep your palate busy. A wine this unique needs similarly unique pairings, so try this one with chicken shawarma or a roast duck.

Rose With a Southern Twist: Barboursville Vineyards 2018 Allegrante Rose Virginia
Heaven in a Glass: Eden Rift Vineyards 2018 Estate Rosé, Pinot Noir, Cienega Valley
Vive la France: Château Minuty 2018 Rosé et Or, Côtes de Provence
Fine Wine on a Dime: Alain de la Treille 2018 Le Rosé, France
Ring Around The Rose
Let’s face it, there’s no avoiding Rose these days. It seems like everywhere you look there’s another article declaring it the ultimate summer drink. Well, there’s a reason for that – they’re right. There is no finer adult beverage for warm weather than a good glass of rose. Think about it, rose is light, tart, and refreshing. It’s delicious cold, but with a wide serving temperature range of 46-57 degrees, if it warms up a little in the sun, it’s still very enjoyable. With how popular rose is, there’s no excuse not to know at least something about this versatile and classic style

Rose With a Southern Twist: Barboursville Vineyards 2018 Allegrante Rose Virginia

Rose With a Southern Twist: Barboursville Vineyards 2018 Allegrante Rose Virginia
Photo Credit: Tastings.com
Yes, you read that right. Our top scoring rose is from Virginia, a state known for it's history, but never for its wine, which is a shame because VA has 276 wineries producing incredible wines, like this |Barboursville Vineyards 2018 Allegrante Rose, Virginia|. Immediately you will notice that the wine is dryer than many roses, with less than 1% residual sugars. You'll also notice lively fruit notes, like the deep but understated sweetness of a ripe tomato, which pairs well with, what else, a baked Virginia ham. The other thing that will catch your attention is the price. At $19.99 a bottle, this top rated pick is also a top value. If the Barboursville piques your interest about Virginia wines, read about VA's hometown hero grape varietal, the Norton.

Heaven in a Glass: Eden Rift Vineyards 2018 Estate Rosé, Pinot Noir, Cienega Valley

Heaven in a Glass: Eden Rift Vineyards 2018 Estate Rosé, Pinot Noir, Cienega Valley
Photo Credit: Tastings.com
Though often eclipsed by its more famous counterpart the Napa Valley, the American Viticultural Area known as the Cienega Valley is producing excellent wines, as evidenced by the 92 point rating we gave the |Eden Rift Vineyards 2018 Estate Rose, Pinot Noir, Cienega Valley|. This rose just exudes summer, with fruit forward everything, from the tropical aromas of guanabana and guava to juicy strawberry flavors. To say it's an easy drinking wine is an understatement – you might as well throw away the cork when you open this wine, because whether you're drinking it on its own or pairing it with a delicate food like salmon or turkey, the bottle is going to be gone before you know it.

Vive la France: Château Minuty 2018 Rosé et Or, Côtes de Provence

Vive la France: Château Minuty 2018 Rosé et Or, Côtes de Provence
Photo Credit: Tastings.com
The very first thing you will see when you pick up this bottle of |Chateau Minuty 2018 Rose et Or, Cotes de Provence| is that it's silvery pink color is far less vibrant than many of the other rose wines you see on the shelf. You might even mistake it on the shelf for a particularly colorful white wine like our top rated |Duck Pond 2018 Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley|, but make no mistake, this is a rose through and through. In fact, Cotes de Provence produces nearly nothing but rose wines, making the producers there experts in creating the berry and melon notes that good rose wines are known for. A particularly great example of the region, Chateau Minuty has produced a sophisticated and lively wine with just a small hint of oak.

Fine Wine on a Dime: Alain de la Treille 2018 Le Rosé, France

Fine Wine on a Dime: Alain de la Treille 2018 Le Rosé, France
Photo Credit: Tastings.com
At $11.99 per bottle, this French rose blend is not only an incredible wine, it's an incredible value as well. Our tasters called the aromas 'interesting,' which is a bit of an understatement considering they found notes of pickle relish along with spiced berries and plantains. It's certainly a strange combination but it's a combination that works perfectly. The flavors are no less eclectic, with watermelon, cherry, and, of all things, nut brittle making appearances, this complex rose will keep your palate busy. A wine this unique needs similarly unique pairings, so try this one with chicken shawarma or a roast duck.