There are so many reasons why I adore Rosé wines; they brighten my days and make me feel like sunshine. And, in times like these, who doesn’t need a bit of brightening?
Rosé wines are synonymous with the French, sun-soaked region of Provence – it is their happy birthplace. Provence Rosé is pretty incredible, and I will not lie to you and say that I didn’t imbibe during our year journey to Champagne last year. Bubbles are fabulous and lovely and elegant, but there were days when I just wanted to crack open a perfectly chilled bottle of incredibly affordable Rosé and kickback.
Rosé is versatile and can be straight forward and uncomplicated, yet it can also be structured, dense, sparkling, and intriguing. There is even a wine-growing appellation in France called Tavel where Rosé is the only wine you can produce! You get the picture; I love Rosé. And, I also love British Columbia’s wine industry, and all the love B.C. shows to Rosé – both the producers and consumers. #YesWayRosé
So, please sit back, pour yourself something tasty and have a gander at some of my current suggestions from France and British Columbia.
- Gérard Bertrand ‘Cote des Roses’ Languedoc, France 2018 – This was one of my ‘go-to’ Rosés when I lived in Champagne. The bottle is pretty, but the wine is fantastic. It is a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault and hit all the right points for me as I sweltered away in the French heatwaves. $24.99
- Haywire Gamay Rosé Okanagan Valley, B.C. VQA 2018 – I am continually in awe of everything that the Okanagan Crush Pad produces. This Gamay Rosé is no exception. Made with native yeasts and fermented in both concrete and stainless steel tanks, the purity of fruit is unmatched. Lifted red strawberry and raspberry notes lead the way with a flirty, herbal kiss on the finish. $22.90
- Roubine ‘La Vie en Rose’ Côtes de Provence, France 2018 – I am usually not a sucker for labels and bottle design, but I am human. Possibly one of the prettiest bottles I have ever seen and entirely directed to a feminine connaisseur. Bursting with pink grapefruit and orange blossom flavours, this will make anyone’s day a bit better. $25.99
- Blue Grouse Estate Winery ‘Quill Rosé’ British Columbia 2019 – Who likes rhubarb? I do, and this fun Rosé is bursting with it alongside yummy savoury notes of bramble and a dash of white pepper. Crafted with both Gamay and Pinot Noir sourced in the Cowichan Valley and the Okanagan Valley, this Rosé has excellent structure and depth. $21.99
- La Vielle Ferme Rosé Ventoux, France – I have been a boxed wine snob in my past. Don’t believe me? Ask my sister. But this one changed me – forever. I first enjoyed this cheap and cheerful Rosé in 750 ml and then in a magnum a few years ago when it was the hero of the BBQ. Now served up in a 3 Litre format, this is a Rosé to keep in your refrigerator for those moments you can have people over again. It is bright and easy with juicy red berry fruit flavours and a hint of floral on the finish. $36.99
- Quails’ Gate Rosé Okanagan Valley, B.C. VQA 2019 – The Quails’ Gate Rosé has been consistently tasty for as long as I can remember drinking it. Made entirely with Gamay, this years’ vintage does not disappoint. I appreciate the lifted notes of pomegranate and cranberry in this zesty bottle. $17.99
I hope you are keeping well and finding some bright spots in each day.