glass shimmers a hue that ranges from the barest blush to the deepest
pink, but donít let its color fool you; itís not white zinfandel
or some other sweet wine. Rosť wine is a great dry wine, especially
for spring and summer. "Theyíre really these beautiful, elegant
wines, and they tend to have such a great freshness to them,"
says Talish Barrow, certified sommelier for Rare steakhouses in
Milwaukee and Madison.
growing in popularity, and they can be made out of almost any kind of
red grape, says Michael Greguska, owner of Discount Liquor in
Waukesha. "Theyíre very drinkable, very quaffable wines,"
also a good bargain, as many great rosťs can be had in the $10 to $20
price range," says Jaclyn Stuart, certified sommelier and owner
of Vintage Elkhart Lake. "Itís also an incredible food pairing
Take a sip of these pretties in pink and you might be converted.
Bieler Pere et
Fils rosť is a very traditional French rosť made mostly with
grenache, syrah and cabernet sauvignon grapes. Itís balanced with a
nice acidity, Stuart and Greguska say.
pink pinot noir hails from Oregon. "Itís got this great
brightness ó a tart, fresh quality of new strawberries that makes
you just want to sit out in the sun and be grateful itís not winter
any more," Barrow says.
Jed Steele, who
put Kendall Jackson on the map, makes a rosť from cabernet franc
grapes for his own Steele Winery. "Itís dark and brooding in
style, and it can actually age three to four years," says
Villa Wolf is a
German pinot noir rosť. "It drinks like a white in that itís
very light-bodied, but it also has that little pop of strawberry to it
with just a hint of spritz," Stuart says.
is a Washington winery that makes a rosť from sangiovese grapes.
"This one has more of a dark color to it, and it has a fuller,
richer aftertaste and nice body," Greguska says.
Cremant de Bordeaux Cuvee de LíAbbaye is a sparkling rosť made from
merlot. "Itís super ripe with a little bell pepper on the
nose," Barrow says. "Itís a great food wine, but itís
also a really charming way to begin a meal." M