3 Great Gift Rosés for Mother’s Day

Looking for a simple gift for Mother’s Day that she will appreciate and use? How about a quality bottle of rosé?

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 warmer evenings and casual dinners 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.

All three of these suggestions are reliable crowd pleasers and perfect for “Mommy Time-outs”:

Bieler Pere et Fils Rosé

This classic Provence rosé is a blend of 55% Syrah, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 20% Grenache. Its aromas of wild strawberry and watermelon are followed by a bright yet broad mid-palate with a raspberry, cherry, peach, herbal, citrus and mineral core, topped by a crisp finish.

Mirabeau Provence Rosé

Mirabeau Classic is a Côtes de Provence made from beautiful hillside vineyards to the southeast of Aix-en-Provence. This is a vibrant pink, classic pale Provence rosé whose generous fruit charms the senses immediately with a heady mixture of wild strawberry, red cherry, and raspberry aromatics. It is surprisingly elegant and balanced on the palate with a delicious fresh acidity that combines with generous fruit to create a sumptuous lingering finish.

Greetings Willamette Valley Rosé

Greetings Rosé is flawlessly layered with soft berries, a lush mid-palate texture, and a refreshing, pleasing acidity in its finish. It begins with an enchanting flamingo color, leading to sweet berry aromas and a mouth of plump cherry and raspberry. A definite pink gem from the Pacific Northwest.

You can find these, and other rosés to celebrate spring, at large, local, family-owned liquor stores that offer you a superior selection experience with knowledgeable staff who take the intimidation out of wine buying.

Hahn SLH Pinot Noir is A-OK

Hahn SLH (for Santa Lucia Highlands) is a pinot noir of remarkable quality.

This estate wine is produced entirely in the Santa Lucia Highlands where the nearby windswept mountains near the Pacific Ocean experience a long growing season, contributing a depth and complexity in their wines.

Hahn founder Nicky Hahn speared headed the movement to have this area deemed a unique winegrowing district. In 1991, the federal government approved the Highlands as an official American Viticultural Area (AVA). Today, Hahn SLH Pinot Noir and Chardonnay come entirely from their estate in this breathtakingly beautiful region of Monterey County. The fruit is grown in their family-owned vineyards and the wine is barrel-aged in French oak in the winery’s cellar.

For the Hahn SLH Pinot Noir, their winemakers select grapes that yields the most expressive aromas and flavors. After the fruit is carefully sorted, it undergoes a three-day cold soak in open top stainless-steel fermenting tanks. It is then aged for 11 months in a selection of 60-gallon French oak barrels. When the wine is ready to be blended, they choose barrels that they feel best exemplified the aromas, flavors, and structure of the Santa Lucia Highlands.

Hahn SLH Pinot Noir carries aromas of bright red cherry and strawberry with hints of earth, spices, and toasty oak. An explosion of red fruit flavors such as strawberry, cherry, and raspberry lead to a long finish with refined, supple tannins, and a soft mouthfeel.

Pinot Noir is the most universally food-friendly wine choice for pairing.

You can find Hahn SLH, and other prestige pinot noirs, at Wyatt’s Wet Goods. During our huge “Pinot Days” sale, dozens of pinot noirs are on sale, April 25-May 1st!

Greetings Wines will have you saying hello to your new drinking buddy

The Greetings Wine Company of Oregon offers a variety of tasty, accessible wines that showcase some of the best that the Pacific Northwest wine cultivating region has to offer.

If you are looking to expand your spring wine experience, try one of these varietals:

Greetings Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

Oregon is known for its Pinot Noir, and with this one from Greetings, you can see why. This handcrafted Willamette Pinot Noir is bursting with flavors of blackberry, spice, and dark cherries. Lush and rounded, it is accented by a bright acidity and a long finish. This versatile Pinot Noir teams well with sweet and tangy BBQ dishes, Asian cuisine and gourmet burgers. Try serving it slightly chilled on a warm evening.

Greetings Pinot Gris

This Willamette Valley is not a simple wine. It is vibrant, clean, and well-balanced with notes of soft peach, melon, and citrus on a sleek frame with a touch of minerality in its crisp finish. It is wonderful when paired with spicy pork, mushrooms, or a charcuterie plate.

Greetings Willamette Valley Rosé

Greetings Rosé is flawlessly layered with soft berries, a lush mid-palate texture, and a refreshing, pleasing acidity in its finish. It begins with an enchanting flamingo color, leading to sweet berry aromas and a mouth of plump black cherry and raspberry. A definite pink gem from the Pacific Northwest.

Locally, you can say hello to Greetings Wines at larger, family-owned liquor stores, like Wyatt’s Wet Goods, that offers you a superior selection with knowledgeable staff who take the intimidation out of wine buying.

Torchbearer lights the way to a brilliant new Cabernet

Are you searching for a new bright star for your wine collection?

Grab hold of the Torchbearer Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.

Torcherbearer Cabernet is a big, bold offering that does not disappoint.

Torchbearer offers black fruit as well as spice on the nose. Black currants, blueberries, and cherries on the palate are laced by hints of exotic spices and chocolate. It is full-bodied and velvet textured, without a hard edge to be found. Toasty oak nuances emerge in its long finish. As it breathes, it grows brighter and fresher with time in the glass.

Torchbearer is both a deal and a steal for a solid Napa Cabernet. It is ideal by itself for any occasion, both intimate and collective. Well-balanced and sturdy, experience it with a well-grilled steak, rosemary braised lamb shanks, or even a nicely smoked Gouda.

If you’re hot to pick up this great tasting Cabernet, you can find it locally at Longmont’s big beacon of libation, Wyatt’s Wet Goods, a liquor and wine emporium which shines above all overs in customer service and selection.