Spring and Summer Rosé Wines

Hello! Oh my, it’s been a while since I sat down to write a blog post! I’ve been busy with wine sales, studying for a Somm competition for South African wines (didn’t make the cut, but learned a tonne!), applying for scholarship towards wine studies (which I was awarded!) and getting my balcony summer ready. So IT IS the perfect time to share some favourite rosé wines with you. As I love rosé, now, but any time of the year really. They are often made with different grapes, and either pressed with a gentle method called Saignee, which has minimal skin contact or blended or pressed with a little skin contact for color and character. ALL methods offer a different style which are equally interesting – but the only way you’ll know this is if you do research yourself or ask your favourite Somm in a store or restaurant who sells it.

Regardless, drink more rosé! With salads, crab, paté, spicy salami, explore different countries, different grapes, and different price points, because sometimes, you get what you pay for… just like a good pair of shoes!

Here are some rosé wines I have tried recently, enjoy…

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Probably my favourite sparkling wine made in BC (Canada). Bella Wines is located in the Okanagan Valley on the Naramata Bench. Hand harvested Gamay Noir grapes made with care and very expressive of the vineyard it’s grown in. It’s fresh and bubbly and just enough fruits, with citrus and soft notes, absolutely delicious! Made in the traditional method, being bottle fermented, hand riddled and hand disgorged. “Bella exclusively produces single vineyard, single varietal sparkling wines.” – taken from their website.

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I can’t seem to go wrong with rosé wines from Italy – this was a delicious find! Costaripa Rosamara has notes of soft red fruits (almost bruised) with a hint of nuttiness and integrated acidity, its bold yet balanced! Made from Groppello, Marzemino, Barbera and Sangiovese. 

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What a beautiful champagne from the Champagne region in France! There are not many producers that take the time in making their rosé bubbly, but Champagne Jacquesson did, as this is made from the Saignee method (no blending, just a gentle press) using Pinot Noir grapes.

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If you are lucky enough to find this sparkling Nebbiolo and Pinot Nero, buy it! Vajra from Italy, has notes of Cranberries with mousy bubbles, not aggressive, just tart and refreshing. Made from the Saignee method and spends 30 mos. on the lees. The coolest rosé I’ve had in a while at a premium price.

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If you are interested in learning more about Rosé Wine, like my Facebook page called The Pink Tank.

Bella Sparkling Wines made in BC

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The greatest part of exploring a wine region is coming across a gem. And this winery is definitely on that list! Located in Naramata in the Okanagan Valley in BC, Canada. Most of Naramata sits on a slope facing West to Okanagan Lake, giving it ideal sun exposure and breezes from the lake and mountains behind. If you were a vine, I believe you would be very happy here. As well, soils vary vineyard to vineyard, granite to alluvial to clay, etc. –  a great variation that is ideal for grapes to do well.naramata map

map courtesy of winebc.com

Not only was Jay Drysdale (the winemaker) passionate and knowledgeable – the experience was fun. Upon arrival you get to choose your own wine tasting glass (which he collects online and at antique sales), from a modern flute to an antique glass. Your choice.

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I tasted through his line up of 3 different sparkling Chardonnay (each coming from a different vineyard in the Okanagan – Keremeos, Oliver and Kamloops), all influenced by the soil and climate of each area; And his rosé sparkling made from Gamay Noir is delicious! What he does, he does well.

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His passion and enjoyment of making wine starts with using the Methode Ancestral, riddling (turning the bottle slightly one by one as the fermentation in the bottle takes place) , and then he will disgorge each bottle by hand when ready to meet order deadlines and get them shipped off. I love old school in a new world, it’s just so cool.

Definitely worth a visit!

Bella Wines

Naramata, BC, Canada

http://bellawines.ca