You had me at rosé.

*wines reviewed in this post were a sample from Palm Bay International

Photo by Gabriel Manzo

Photo by Gabriel Manzo

Happy Spring Oenophiles! If you are like me, it is never not rosé season. However there is some greater weather correlation as to why we see it front and center at wine shops, groceries, bulk outlets and more, right about now. Spring is in the air! The sun is shining, the birds are singing and it is time to give that rosé a drinking!  We were fortunate enough to sample a few options from the Old World (Europe) that have some New World (anything not Europe, like The Americas, Australia, South Africa, etc) appeal. These 3 affordable and accessible wines hail from France Italy, and the autonomous region of Sicily and are sure to start your spring/summer rosé season off right. 

2016 Planeta Rosé

Region: Sicilia D.O.C.

Grapes: 50% Nero d’Avola & 50% Syrah

ABV: 12%  Retail: $10-$15

Tasting notes: This wine beckons tropical flowers and red fleshy berry on the nose. It is creamy on the palate with a brisk acidity that balances the experience. The freshness of this wine would complement many different salads. I paired it with a salad I recalled from when I lived in Denver, Colorado. A tried and true establishment called Racine's, a place my parents made sure to dine at when they visited me, has this nutty cheese salad that I used to delight in. My adaptation had fresh greens topped with avocado, banana, gouda, tomatoes, sunflower seeds, cashews and honey mustard dressing. It sounds wacky but it is tasty! The Planeta Rosé, paired very well with all that creaminess. 

Photos by Gabriel Manzo.

Photo by Gabriel Manzo

Photo by Gabriel Manzo

2016 Bertani Bertarose Rosé

Region: Veneto, Italy

Grapes: 75% Molinara & 25% Merlot

ABV: 12%  Retail: $12-$15

Tasting notes: A gorgeous ballerina pink color, this wine has aromatics of pomegranate, red currants and white flower petals. The wine has flavors of cherry and strawberry with a hint of almond on the palate. The dominance of the molinara grape, used in the traditional blends of Valpolicella such as Amarone,  brings out a welcome acidity, making this a good food wine. It would work well with vegetable dishes, salads or white fish. 

2016 Jean-Luc Colombo Cape Bleue Rosé

Region: Méditerranée IGP Provence, France 

Grapes: 67% Syrah & 33% Mourvèdre

ABV: 12.5%  Retail: $12-$15

Tasting notes: The tropical notes of this wine evokes the warmth of The Mediterranean. Wafts of juicy peach, succulent watermelon and lingering rose petals invite you to indulge. On the palate there is a red berry burst rounded out by a dry mineral finish. It would be great with a shrimp scampi or just to have on the patio on a Sunday afternoon, as we did. The name of the wine, Cape Bleue Rosé is an acknowledgement of place: The Blue Coast near Marseille. The image on the bottle conjurs up reveries of  languorous days by the sea, being kissed by the sun and sipping this affabale rosé. If you can't get there this summer, you can at least drink the wine!

What is your favorite rosé?!

Do tell!