The Face of Canadian Rose-eh!

By / Wine + Drinks / April 16th, 2014 / 2

A little misnomer in the title; I’m really only speaking about Ontario Rosé because during a recent Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada tasting of Rosé wines only the Ontario wineries represented … what’s up B.C.?

Many of us grew up with the pink stuff: usually a white Zinfandel from California that was basically sweet and tasted like that palatable kid’s cough syrup mom gave us; and if it were “Canadian”, it was most likely a Vidal blended blush that was also sweet.

Today, the face of Ontario Rosé has changed, for the better, food friendly and refreshing, the way a Rosé should be. Next week we’ll look at some Rosés from around the world, but for now let’s look at some pinks from Ontario.

Henry of Pelham 2013 Rosé ($13.95)

Pleasantly dry with sour cherry and a strawberry-raspberry combo on the finish; this one has a real nice presence in the mouth.

Malivoire 2013 Moira Rosé ($21.95)

A new offering from the folks at Malivoire, and this is some serious Rosé with dry lemon and peach pit nuances while also providing you with some raspberry moments. Bring on the salmon.

Pondview 2013 Cabernet Franc Rosé ($14.95)

The palate is the lure here with its cherry, rasp-cranberry and citrus notes; the acidity kicks in on the finish to make this a good food pairing rosé for the summer ahead.

Flat Rock 2013 Pinot Noir Rosé ($16.95)

Is rosé supposed to be complex? This one sure offers up the argument that it can: earthy raspberry notes with strawberry and some real appealing grapefruit rind/zest on the finish.

For more wine suggestions, see our other #WineWednesday posts.



Michael is an award-winning journalist: Promoting the Promoters Award Cuvée 2010 and Ontario Wine Awards Journalist of the Year 2012.  He is also a national and international wine judge - Ontario Wine Awards, All Canadian Wine Championships; Best of Riesling — Germany; Essencia do Vinho — "Top Wines of Portugal".  He is currently the President of the Wine Writers Circle of Canada and the wine columnist for Ottawa Life and Grand magazine as well as regular contributor to Tidings, and Grapevine ... his reviews have also appeared in the LCBO Vintages magazine. Michael has also added a YouTube channel to his activities where he reviews bottles of great Ontario wine on a weekly basis. In whatever he does, it is Michael’s desire to educate, inspire and encourage others to grow their own love and enthusiasm for wine – and to realize that it is their palate that ultimately makes the decision.

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