Every winelover knows that a lovely glass of rosé is perfect for any season, not only on a sweltering summer day. Across the globe, people are clinking glasses of this delicious wine that expresses a myriad of flavors at any given moment.
Whether your favorite rosé is crafted from one or more of a wide range of grapes (Pinot Noir, Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mourvedre, Zinfandel…), and is dry or bubbly, sweet or tart, there’s a delectable dish just waiting to complement your choice. Sometimes, though, we find ourselves wondering what that perfect pairing should be. Should we consider a recipe that’s a snap to create or choose one that’s a bit more complicated? Cue #winePW!
The #winePW group is a savvy band of winelovers and foodies that meets the second Saturday of each month on Twitter to share delicious food and wines combos that fit a theme. This month’s topic is, you guessed it, “Rosé and …” Please join us Saturday, August 12 at 11am EST and use the hashtag #winePW as we tweet about our favorite dishes that bring out the best of our beloved choice of rosé. I hope to see you then and read your thoughts!
Among the many choices I have, I’ve been enjoying lovely, affordable selections from the Languedoc in the south of France. In particular, two absolutely delicious, easy drinking rosés (sent as samples) from Jean-Claude Mas, fourth generation wine grower and first generation vigneron of Domaines Paul Mas, have been poured…and poured again. With each sip, I’m reminded of how much I love this stunning country.
According to Languedoc native Jean-Claude Mas, “Languedoc is a destination for fine rosé, thanks to the wide variety of soils and ideal varietals.” His mission is to “use only premium quality grapes to craft superior wines with a modern, New World flair.” Mas took over the small family property in 2000 and actively reduced yields by 50% in order to assure higher quality. And, of course, Jean-Claude Mas is a firm believer in the versatility of rosé as a pairing for a plethora of dishes and occasions.
Côté Mas Rosé Aurore 2016 ($10.99 for 1 liter) – This charming wine of 50% Grenache, 30% Cinsault, and 20% Syrah cultivated on clay and limestone soil, prompted the question: what’s not to love about this amazing value and palate profile? I found clean and fresh aromas of freshly picked peonies, a basket of juicy raspberries, and a hint of cherries. Flavors of strawberries, raspberries, and soft candied fruit were enhanced by mouthwatering acidity and the most gentle of tannins.