Don’t get Mom roses, get her rosé!

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and you still don’t have her gift yet. Yes, I know. Mom has worked hard to raise you, teach you, take care of you and your children…she’s worked hard! She doesn’t need another macaroni necklace or a dozen roses. Get her what she really wants and needs to make it to next year, ROSÉ!

This is the time of year to find several different examples of rosé, from dry to sweet, sparkling to still. So let’s talk about how rosé is made…

Rosé is created by two styles: vin gris and saignée. Vin gris is made by immediately pressing red grapes without any maceration or fermentation time. I mean, they pick the grapes, they press them, and then they’re fermented. This method creates a lighter style and color rosé.

Rosé made in the saignée (or bleeding) more closely resembles the method for producing regular red wine. But in this method, the red grapes macerate (chill all together in the barrel or tank) for a period of time. There are some wineries that have ‘rosé watchmen’ that check the tanks every hour or so to see when it gets the right color. When the right color is achieved, some of the juice is “bled” off. The juice that was bled off is then moved to a tank or barrel for fermentation.

100_3103The style of rosé matters when thinking of the color and the final flavor of the wine. A thin-skinned grape (Pinot Noir, Sangiovese) will need a bit more contact with the wine in order to give it a pink hue. Whereas a thicker-skinned grape (Zinfandel, Mourvedre, Cabernet Sauvignon) won’t need as much contact with the wine to give it it’s color and flavor.

Now that we all know a little more about rosé, let’s get into the wine picks for mom.

Le Pont Bandol Rose
Provence, FR

Made from a blend of Mourvedre and Grenache, Rosés from Bandol pair expertly with food due to their bright berry notes and bracing acidity. Pair this classic rosé with Mediterranean cuisine and grilled vegetables.

Bouvet-Ladubay: Excellence Brut Rosé
Loire Valley, FR

Celebrate Mom with this sparkling rosé made from 100% Cabernet Franc. This wine is a bright salmon pink color with fine bubbles and a pleasant mousse. It has a fresh raspberry, red currant and peach nose with a structure on the palate of black currant and quince. It pairs well with an aperitif, grilled fish, chicken, pork or during dessert with fresh berries.

2015 Diablo Paso Rosé Sine Pecado
Paso Robles, CA

The rosé Mom will enjoy ‘without sin’ (sine pecado). Made from a blend of 92% Grenache, 5% Tempranillo and 3% Albarino, this fresh wine has light fruit aromas of cherries and strawberries.

Hazlitt Vineyards Cabin Fever
Finger Lakes, NY

With flavors of ripe melon, sweet cherry, strawberry and pink grapefruit, this semi-sweet blush goes great with brunch or stands alone for casual sipping. Enjoy with snacks, quiche, or fresh strawberries. Or make Mom a cocktail with Cabin Fever over ice with a splash of club soda and garnish with strawberry and a pineapple slice.

Banfi Piemonte
Rosa Regale

Although Banfi’s Rosa Regale can stand on its own, there’s nothing like pairing its natural raspberry and strawberry flavors with actual fruit to make a delicious sangria for Mother’s Day.

Sangria Rosa
1 ½ oz. Rosa Regale
1 Whole Strawberry
1 Pineapple Cube
1 ½ oz. Raspberry Vodka
½ oz. Simple Syrup
½ oz. Lime Juice
1 oz. Soda

Muddle strawberry and pineapple. Add ice, raspberry vodka, simple syrup and lime juice, and shake. Add Rosa Regale and soda. Swirl and strain into 14 oz glass over ice. Garnish with a pineapple Leaf, skewered pineapple and strawberry. Serves 1

Happy Mother’s Day – hope you all enjoy a glass of rosé!
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There’s a special connection when a girl meets a glass of wine after a long day. Glass in hand, Tanisha Townsend is a wine and spirits expert, educator, and consultant whose mission is to educate and entertain, while promoting the history and joys of fermented beverages to the mass- es. On her uber-popular blog, Girl Meets Glass, Tanisha shares her experiences in the world of wine and spirits with readers everywhere.

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