#WineWednesday: Rosé Way of Thinking

By / Wine + Drinks / August 14th, 2013 / 1

I have a friend who drinks nothing but Rosé, I’ve often considered him a sophisticated man with an unsophisticated palate.  We get together every year with another couple (6 of us in total) and I’m in charge of the wine, so every year I have to figure out what Rosé to get so that he’ll at least have a glass in his hand like the rest of us lushes.

This year I took the job more seriously, tired of slipping him bottles of White Zinfandel and other sweet pink wines – I wanted to see the world through his Rosé coloured glasses, which means I tasted plenty of Rosés.  This year, for the first time ever, I actually compiled a top 5 rosé list, and I now see where my buddy is coming from … though I’m not quite sure how he drinks this in the winter – but maybe one day we’ll all come around to his way of thinking.

Here are the top 3 in order …

Chateau des Charmes 2012 Rosé, Cuvee d’Andree ($14.95)

100% Pinot Noir – It’s a red berry number with cherry and raspberry that moves the party seamlessly from glass to the mouth with a nice tang on the finish – this rosé screams.

Lailey 2012 Rosé ($18.00)

Four red grapes bleed their juice into this one. Floral, raspberry and strawberry on the nose and while the palate starts off sweet it’s nicely balanced by a finish that comes off as tart and bitter with elements of spice.

Huff 2012 Rosé ($18.00)

100% Cabernet Franc.  A nose of grapefruit, white pepper and raspberry and a palate that has a lovely peppered raspberry-cherry note all with citrus backing.

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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