Thursday, May 9, 2013

Buy Mum a Rose

Mother's Day is just a few days away and you may be scrambling for gift ideas and a plan to make the mums in your life feel special. If reservations to her favourite restaurant don't pan out then why not just organize a potluck brunch at home? Not only will the effort be highly appreciated, but the standard potluck fare cries out for rosé wines due to their versatility to pair with a variety of foods.

To satisfy the gift element of the celebration, ask all of your guests to bring a bottle of pink for mum to take home. Below are but a few of the food-friendliest rosé wines on the market in BC today.

Fort Berens Estate Winery 2012 Pinot Noir Rosé - 18
Produced from 100% estate grown fruit in Lillooet, this cheerfully pink Pinot Noir rosé has generous aromas of juicy red fruit and light mineral notes followed by a dry palate with similar flavours, terroir influence and just a hint of tannins.
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Stag's Hollow Winery 2012 Syrah Rosé - $20
The 2012 edition of this excellent Syrah rosé from Stag's Hollow sees only a nominal amount of Orange Muscat and Viognier (2% and 1% respectively) added to the blend but the effect is impressive with gorgeous, sweet, floral and tangy aromas of cherry, rose petals, tangerine, lime rind and rhubarb appearing on the nose.
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SynchroMesh Wines 2011 Pinot Noir Rosé - $20
Look for a new vintage to be released soon. Ever-so-slightly off-dry on the rhubarb and strawberry infused palate adding texture and body - but not a girlie, sweet rosé and certainly far from being a push-over.
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River Stone Estate Winery 2012 Malbec Rosé - $20
Bold, both in hue and in flavour, the River Stone Malbec Rosé is one of the more colourful and fuller-bodied blush wines on the market in BC today. Juicy and ripe cran-apple, pomegranate and strawberry flavours are supported by light tannins and grapefruit acidity.
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JoieFarm 2012 Rosé - $21
A remarkably consistent wine, year-to-year, thanks to the Naramata Bench winery's flexibility with each year's blend. The 2012 assemblage is made up of 60% Pinot Noir, 30% Gamay, 5% Pinot Meunier and 5% Pinot Gris with the components soaked on their skins for 3 to 4 days, helping to extract just the right amount of tannin and create the signature watermelon Jolly Rancher colour.
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Tinhorn Creek Vineyards 2012 Oldfield Series 2Bench Rosé - $23
The signature light brick/salmon colour remains for the new 2012 edition, as does the refreshing blend of cranberry and strawberry-kiwi fruit flavours, ever-so-light tannins and delightful, aromatic nose.
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 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2013

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