As the heat of the summer comes bearing down upon us, those whites and rosés begin to sound better and better. What could be more refreshing or pleasant to beat the heat than a chilled wine sitting in your glass? Here in Paso we’re starting to open those wonderful rosés produced from some of the best grapes around here… this isn’t your grandma’s blush with ice.
Depending on the region a Rosé can be made with a wide variety of grapes. In Paso Robles is it not uncommon to see a GSM (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre) style of Rosé. A Rose should have a light familiarity of its red counterpart. A winemaker will first take the red grapes and immediately press them to extract all the juice but leaving behind all the tannin. This creates a wine that’s light in color but fruity and refreshing without all the mouth-drying body of a red. It’s the best kind of cross between whites and reds!
In France this is the drink of choice during the summer months where every afternoon people get together to enjoy wine and food at its best. The versatility of these wines can be enjoyed at brunch, with surf’n’turf, or at a concert in the park. Our 2011 Grenache Rosé, an off-dry blush, has floral notes in its aroma with a bright, fresh, tropical flavor that finishes crisp on the palate. The Grenache Rosé can be paired as an apéritif out on the patio, or enjoyed with lobster on the BBQ. The dryer and more savory 2011 Sangiovese Rosé has a fuller mouth feel paired with ripe guava and a dry supple finish. This dry pink wine can handle any appetizer and dinner, or simply meet your cocktail needs.