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BY ANNETTE ALVAREZ-PETERS
HERE IN the beautiful
Paci;c Northwest, we
experience all four
distinct seasons. After
a long and particularly
cold winter, spring is
welcomed with joy.
Regardless of the climate you live in, spring is a special season
that marks the release of new vintages of
The rosé wine category has exploded
in popularity over the past few years.
These pink wines, produced in a number
of countries, have traditionally been
enjoyed during spring and summer but
are now being consumed year-round.
Dry rosés have a fantastic range of
subtle ;avors and are made from a number of grape varieties. Limiting the contact between the juice and the skin of the
grapes results in a palette that runs from
pale salmon pink to a darker ruby pink.
Lovely variations from Europe
Fresh and fruity rosé is a simple
re;ection of local grapes and winemak-ing. France makes outstanding dry rosé,
with the most popular from the Côtes de
Provence, a widely known wine region in
the south. The vineyards of Provence are
lined with cypress trees and cooled by
breezes from the nearby Mediterranean
Sea. Grenache is the principal grape, and
winemakers may include cinsault, syrah
and mourvedre. The style is crisp and
refreshing, displaying fresh strawberries
with lovely rose petal and ;oral notes.
Rosé is also made elsewhere in Europe.
In Italy, rosé may be called rosato. Well
known as the home of sangiovese and neb-biolo grapes, Italy also has hundreds of
indigenous varieties used to make various
styles of rosés, from dry to fairly fruity.
Typically, lighter styles are found in the
northeast region, while much fuller-bod-ied wines are typical of southern Italy.
Pretty in pink
Rosés are perfect
for spring sips
FOR YOUR TABLE
FEATURED AT COSTCO
Try these ;ne rosé wines, available in
most Costco locations.
Gerard Bertrand Côte des Roses Rosé
Languedoc, France Item #903670
Miraval Côtes de Provence Rosé
Provence, France Item #800349
Julia’s Dazzle Rosé
Columbia Valley, Washington
Lucien Albrecht Crémant d’Alsace
Alsace, France Item #254348
These mouthwatering rosés, with varying
degrees of acidity, are wonderful to explore.
Some of my favorite rosés hail from
Spain, where they’re known as rosado.
Rosados are typically made from garnacha
(grenache) and tempranillo grapes, which
produce very refreshing wines that are pale
salmon in color, with fresh acidity and ;avors of juicy strawberry and watermelon.
An American favorite
Rosé is also abundant in wine regions
here in the United States. Building on
pinot noir’s growing popularity, Oregon
rosés made from pinot noir display bright
acidity and lively raspberry and strawberry ;avors.
In California’s Napa Valley, many
producers use cabernet sauvignon in the
production of rosé. These wines are
slightly deeper in color and deliver a
more savory black cherry character. To
the south, many wineries in the Central
Coast area are producing delicious rosés
from traditional Rhône varieties, including syrah and grenache.
Rosé wines are versatile and pair beautifully with lighter foods. These dry wines
are best served chilled and enhance a variety of hors d’oeuvres, cheeses, charcuterie
and salads. The acidity and light tannic
structure make rosés excellent companions to grilled chicken, ;sh and roasted
vegetables. Rosés made in an o;-dry style
pair beautifully with spicier or salty dishes.
As spring approaches, I turn to the
lovely shades of pink while perusing the
wine section. Sunshine and warmer days
are naturally suited to a glass of rosé.
Enjoy, and cheers! C
Annette Alvarez-Peters oversees Costco’s beer,
wine and spirits program.