Prettiest Rosé in the Garden

Given we are just beginning rosé season I thought I’d share some beautiful rosé wines to drink this spring & summer or if you are willing to share they make the best gifts. I know your not “supposed” to judge a wine but it’s label however sometimes it’s just best of both worlds scenario and they are blessed with looks and taste. Enjoy the following list of rosés that I personally thought were some of the prettiest out there:

Summer in a Bottle Rosé 2017 by Wolffer Estate Vineyard – $25

This unique shiny coppery rosé gold color stems from its blend of 51% Merlot 23% Chardonnay 9% Gewürztraminer 8% Cabernet Franc 5% Cabernet Sauvignon 4% Riesling. This isn’t called summer in a bottle for nothing. It’s the bright fruit, melon and lychee that make you feel like you are drinking summer. Made and bottled in New York!

Gerard Bertrand Cote des Roses Rose 2016 -$15.99

This peachy Rosé is from Languedoc-Roussillon, France.  

The bouquet releases aromas of summer fruits, cassis and redcurrant. Floral notes of rose along with hints of grapefruit complete the picture. The finish is fresh, offering notes of candy. On the palate the impression is fresh and full, with great aromatic persistence and balance.

Notorious Pink 2016 Grenache Rose   -$ 16.99

This rosé is pale pink in color that exudes floral orange blossom aromas. Made from 100% Grenache from the South of France, we use mature berries to balance the flavors of ripe berries that gives it a wonderful acidity and soft minerality. I received this one from my amor for Valentines Day and truly the bottle is so feminine and pretty. Sleek opaque glass with a glass cork epitomizes class and elegance.

J Vineyards Sparkling Rose    –$31.99

Made in Cali (whoop whoop). This rosé yields aromas of strawberry, nectarine and juicy red apples. On the palate, the wine opens with flavors of cherry, orange, citrus peel and the tropical star fruit that are underlined by a bright acidity that keeps the impression delightfully fresh with a lively, lingering finish. This simplistic design is perfect for anyone you know that has a name that starts with J.

Armand de Brignac Rose –$ 439.97

Made in Champagne, France with a champagne in France price point. A stunning wine, with aromas of strawberries and toast layered over a creamy palate filled with apple tart and fresh berries. Elegant, supple and rich, with a balanced finish and fine mousse. One of the top Champagnes to be found today. This wine is for a very special occasion or if you have money to throw around. Not your average summer pool party rosé.

 

Cavicchioli 1928 Rosé Spumante Dolce is made from 100% Lambrusco grapes. In the vineyard, the vines are raised with a Guyot training system, with spurred cordon pruning, on loose mixed soils. When poured and tasted, white and evanescent foam; fine and lingering perlage; bright and pale pink “candy” color; fresh and fruity aroma; sweet, slightly spicy and aromatic taste with red fruit notes with a lingering aftertaste.

Tsarine Brut Rose NV -$49.99

Aromas of red fruits with hints of brioche; this Champagne brings layers of fruit and creaminess on palate with bright freshness leading to an elegant finish. This twisted glass bottle makes for a elegant gift to a friend worth giving a $50 bottle of rosé. Not your average summer picnic wine.

Coping with wine overload 

I often find myself in a grocery store feeling flustered with the amount of wine choices. Many times I have left or just went with what I am used to simply because it felt like choosing something else is too daunting. By the end of choosing a new wine I felt as though I should grab another bottle simply because the stress from choosing a wine has driven me to drink more.

I have found it necessary to take a step back, breathe and follow these steps when choosing wine.

  1. Are you eating with the wine or are you just leisurely drinking? If you are eating that changes the game a bit, you want to think of what type of food you are eating. If it’s red meat get a bold tannic red (cab or chanti) if it is a light meat get a Pinot Noir or if it’s heavy fish go with chardonnay or a light fish try sparkling. I could go on a bit more but listen you gotta keep it simple (don’t over think it). Check out Wine Folly to get a quick reference of pairing.
  2. Just leisurely drinking, think about what you like or are in the mood for. That simple! Do you like white’s or red’s, sweet or dry. That will quickly narrow down the selection.
  3. Price matters! Let’s be franc. It’s just like a liquor store they put the higher price wines eye level and above and then the lower below the waist so you have to lay on the ground to read prices. Are you drinking alone then maybe check out the lower cost wines or if you are trying to impress go mid-high self. Totally your call!
  4. Try something new or somewhere new! Don’t just head to where you are comfortable in the aisle. Try something based off the tops steps and maybe if you always go for Cabernet from California switch up the region and try a Malbec from Argentina. It’s like traveling to a new place and learning a little of their culture when trying a wine from a different country.
  5. If all else fails download an app! The Wine Spectator app which has a comprehensive database of wine ratings organized by price points and varietals

Feel free to comment if you have any other helpful suggestions!!

Mumm Napa

I was with two girlfriends who are in the Air Force and suggested we visit Mumm because they are great to the military and it is their favorite sparkling wine. This was my first time drinking Mumm.

When we arrived at Mumm it was a bit crowded but it was a Saturday at 1:30 pm. We waited about 15 minutes for a table, once we sat down we were greeted quickly by our server. She was energetic and was very excited to get us tasting. She was kind enough to suggest us 3 girls splitting two tastings. This was cool because this was before she knew they were in the military and the tastings would be free. She wasn’t pushy and let us sit back relax and enjoy each sparkling wine. She gave us an overview of each of the wines and a bit on the history of the brand. What I found most enjoyable is the noticeable difference in all the wines I tasted. Each were so well crafted and delicious. It was a great experience and I plan on going back early November.

My Favorites:

Brut Reserve Rosé: a blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, with a small amount of red wine added to enhance color, body and flavor. A lovely, all-purpose sparkling wine that looks beautiful in the glass, this wine provides a fine accompaniment to a wide range of foods and makes a unique gift.

Brut Reserve Rosé displays fresh, fragrant strawberry jam and dark plum aromas. Creamy and impressively dense on the palate, its bright red fruit flavors pick up a pleasing dash of spice in the long, crisp finish.

Demi-Sec: Meaning “half-dry” in French, this semi-sweet sparkling wine is very soft and subtle with a light and fresh style.

Mumm Napa Demi-Sec is a deliciously light, fresh and fruity wine with a delightful pale straw color, edged with a hint of yellow-green. The rich aromas are predominantly citrus with a faint touch of caramel in the background. This wine is rich, full and lush on the entry with orange blossom, citrus fruits and cantaloupe on the palate. The finish is long, dominated by white chocolate and vanilla flavors.

Visiting & Tasting:

No reservation required for tastings with less than 6.
Priced from $25-30 for flights

Free for Military!! 

Sum it up:

  1. All sparking wines are very different and high quality
  2. Full glass pours
  3. Worth the wait!!

Wines “to die for”

In lieu of Halloween quickly approaching, I am featuring some spook-tacular wines!! 

These wines can be purchased at Cost Plus World Market


Poizin California Zinfindel: 

Ripe with the tastes of concentrated fruit and mocha, Poizon California Zinfandel is simply “to die for!” Blended with Petite Verdot, it boasts an unexpected flavor profile that is sure to please the palate.

Produced from Zinfandel grapes

Made in United States

Moselland Black Cat Riesling:

You’ll get nothing but good luck when this cat crosses your path. The bottle is eye catching; the wine inside is excellent. Sweet, crisp and bursting with citrus, it’s ideal alongside Thai food.

Produced from 100% German Riesling

Made in Germany

Hob Nob Wicked Red:

Despite its name there’s nothing devious about this delicious French red blend. Fruity with red berries, mocha and spice, it’s one of our favorite picks for chilly evenings.

Produced from Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Pinot Noir

Made in France

Apothic Dark:

A bold and full-bodied red wine that’s perfect with fall fare, this red blend is decidedly not shy. It leads with rich, opulent notes of coffee and dark chocolate, and finishes with a dash of spice.

Produced from Zinfandel, Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon

Made in United States

Fright Night White Blend:

Frightfully delicious, this white is forceful with fruit flavors. Lingering acidity and wispy aromatics give it an air of mystery and intrigue.

Produced with Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay and Moscato grapes from California

Made in United States

Hope you go out, get festive and pick up a few. All are under $15!!