June 11, 2016 is National Rosé Day.
Celebrated each year on the second Saturday in June, National Rosé Day gives wine lovers a day to celebrate “summer’s water”.
Rosé is considered the oldest known type of wine, dating as far back as 600 BC. Rosé wines are generally made from red grapes and are highly versatile wines that complement many types of foods. They are lighter than red wine and deeper than white. Their pink color depends on the amount of time the grape skin stays in contact with the juice.
Rosés are ideal for warm summer evenings and casual dinners outdoors with friends. Dry rosés, which have the acidity of white wine and the fruit character of red, pair particularly well with small plate fare and tapas like prosciutto and melon, asparagus, and quiches with mushrooms. Pork sausages right off the grill are terrific with rosés, as are grilled vegetables like peppers and zucchini.
Here are three rosés of interest to check out for National Rosé Day. You can find them, as well as a variety of others, in the new rosé aisle at Wyatt’s Wet Goods.
Chateau St. Jean Bijou Rosé
Located at the foot of Sugarloaf Ridge, Chateau St. Jean is the quintessential Sonoma valley winery. This dry Napa rosé wine joined the Bijou line to satisfy consumers’ desire for a crisp, clean, fruit-forward summer wine. It carries pleasing aromas and flavors of ripe field strawberries, melon and flower blossoms.
L’Escarelle’s Palm Rose
Palm Rose is a Mediterranean rosé table wine, estate bottled to capture its fine nose and elegance as both a wine of occasion and everyday use. Its mix of Grenache, Cinsault, and Syrah grapes yields a wine with a smooth drinkability and a palate full of fresh fruit. It makes a delightful aperitif, and is best served below 50 °F.
Unparalleled Rose Cuvee
This rosé is composed of Syrah, Grenache, and Vermentino varietals from vineyards in Provence, France, with soil consisting of clay-limestone rocks. It is fermented in concrete tanks and aged on fine lees for four months prior to bottling. It is playfully pale pink in color, expressing a bouquet of melon and tangerine with flavors of fresh pomegranate and grapefruit.
You can share your special celebration with these selections and other pink rosés on social media using the hashtag #NationalRoséDay.