A Rosé that says “HELLO THERE, GORGEOUS!”

Can you sense Spring in the air? I can. It’s delayed, but soooo soooo welcome.

So I thought I’d share my first article written for a friends brand new online magazine called: The Planters Guide.

 

Here is my article, I hope you enjoy it!

I don’t know about you, but when I start to see buds on trees, and feel the temperature change in the air as Spring arrives, truth be told, I get a little giddy. Do you remember that schoolgirl excited kind of feeling?

If you’ve forgotten what ‘giddy’ looks like, Urban Dictionary explains it: “…as if you just saw a rock star, crush, celebrity, that made you seem speechless or incompetent of acting normal.” So for women, this could be seeing George Clooney at Starbucks; for men, perhaps it could be when Kate Upton says hello and smiles at you on the street.

And if I were to pick a wine style to match that “giddy” feeling, well… it would be Rosé wine every time. To me, it’s like a happy dance from winter to spring, from cozy and cold to fresh and warm. If this wine could talk, it would say “hello there, gorgeous!” And I am definitely drinking a wine that talks to me like that!

So as spring is arriving around British Columbia, it seems only fitting to share a must-have-giddy-inducing-wine that will help you transition from winter rain into buds and flowers. Intrigued?

Just chill a bottle of the 2017 TIME Winery Rosé, made from 100% Syrah grapes, and you’ll get fun notes of candied fruits and red liquorice on the nose; while it dances on your palate with red raspberries, a little citrus, a touch of bramble fruit and hints of orange peel.

It’s refreshing and fruit-driven, all rolled into one little pink package. And you’ll need this wine on hand for when you dust off that patio furniture for the first time; grilled zucchini and red pepper skewers with friends; Serve up an antipasto feast with BBQ’d marinated vegetables; or with a bruschetta platter including fresh tomatoes, fruits (think strawberries, cantaloupe) and pesto. And what’s even better news, it’s a local BC wine that is about to open a brand new downtown winery in the heart of Penticton in the South Okanagan Valley. Can anyone say “road trip?”

What: TIME Winery 2017 Rosé

Where: TIME Winery (opening this spring), 361 Martin Street, Penticton, BC, online at timewinery.com and various private retailers and restaurants across BC

Price: $22.99 / 750ml

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To me, this online magazine is a cool new concept.

It’s got three main headings: Ingest – all about vegan and vegetarian foods; Imbibe – about wine and other beverages; Inhale – is about cannabis – from an educational perspective.

What did I just write?! Yes indeed. I said that controversial word – cannabis. But truth be told, we all know about it. It’s about to be legalized in Canada. And we all have pre-conceptions of who uses it too. And yet, I think we know very little about it. I personally don’t use it. But with its pending legalization, there are more products popping up (think body lotions and bath products) and more articles, and I am starting to learn that there are tonnes of health benefits to do with fighting disease (specifically cancer). Who knew?!

So, I believe there IS a place in our society for The Planter’s Guide; it educates, informs and has a very mindful purpose. So I am happy to be the monthly “Rosé Wine Correspondent”!

You can read the article on The Planter’s Guide HERE, and poke around on their website. 😉

Lebanese + Italian Summer Wine

As summer has truly arrived in Vancouver, I find myself sipping on refreshing white wines and definitely rosé wines. And with just a couple of weeks away from a Wine Bloggers Conference in Lodi, California, I want to wake up my palate so I am ready for the abundance of wine I will try! So…. I need to try more wine! 😉

Here are a few I’ve had recently, which are truly fun discoveries…

Chateau Musar Jeaune from Bekka Valley, Lebanon (private store CAD $30ish)

This is not a light style rosé, and by the color you might think it’s going to be fruit forward, however it had a lot of tart and sweet cherry notes, stewed strawberries and cherries, a touch of herbaceous or maybe it was baking spice, it was rich and had body, almost replaces a red wine on a summers eve. Made naturally from 100% Cinsault. The Bekka Valley doesn’t make lots of wine that we see, but they definitely are doing a great job! My good friend Christine (a wine blogger as well) and I review it below… check out other wine reviews on my YouTube channel here.

 

 

 Costaripa RosaMara from northern Italy (private store CAD $30 ish)

Taken from their website on their winemaking style…”Mattia’s trademarked definition, il vino di una notte, “one-night wine”, for vinification occurs just hours from pressing, during the night, and requires great winemaking sensibility to gauge the perfect balance between subtlety and structure, and the precise nuance of color that stands for this.” This is a blend of Groppello, Sangiovese, Marzemino and Barbera. Notes of  blossoms, sour cherry and pomegranate. It’s crisp, slightly minerally and really refreshing with bruised fruit like style balance. I’ve reviewed this one before here.

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Umani Ronchi CaSal di Serra Verdicchio Dei Castelli Di Jesi from central Italy (BC govt. store CAD $17 ish)

This was a delightful find. Refreshing and crisp, yet soft and smooth. A perfect balance! Made from 100% Verdicchio from the Marche region on the east coast of Italy. Expect citrus notes mingled with minerality and a rounded finish. Visit a post from last summer of another completely different summer white here.

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I hope this gets you excited to try these wines or wines from the regions! Explore, sip & learn!