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Jean-Luc Colombo Cape Bleue Rosé

Cost: Average price $11.99

Where buy now: Byerly’s Wines & Spirits, Minnetonka- $11.99, France 44 – $11.99

Grapes: 67% Syrah, 33% Mourvedre

Region: Marsaille, France

Vintage: 2011

Jean-Luc Colombo Cape Bleue Rosé

If you’ve been out and about at liquor stores lately, you may be seeing more pink wines adorning the shelves. Don’t be alarmed- tis the season for Rosé. For those who are familiar, you know what I’m saying and are ready to get your pink wine rocks off. For those who cringe in horror at the thought of some Bartles & Jaymes wine cooler-thingy, the White Zin boom of the 80s, or blush wine (just threw up a little in my mouth), I understand your apprehension. But there’s a new breed of Rosés, so you’ll have a whole new world waiting for you. Free your mind, and your ass will follow!

Rosé display



An internet search on the creation of Rosé can make your head spin. So, here is a simplified version: Rosé is created when the skins of red grapes harmonize with the pressed juice for a short period of time (as little as a day or two). The longer the sleepover, the darker the rose. Once the juice is the desired color, the juice (sans skins) are sent to a tank for fermentation. The rest of the process flows like making white wine.

Here are some great reasons to delve into the Rosé world:

*Deliciousness. Pure and simple, they are tasty.

*Affordability. Rosés typically range from $10-$20 making it an affordable libation.

*Food friendly. You can drink Rosé with so much. Pair with a salad and veggies, sip alongside pizza or suck it down with some grilled meats- it all works.

*Universally pleasing (relatively speaking). Say you are out with a friend and they want to drink white wine while you’re in the mood for red. Voila! Order up a Rosé and you will both be happy as a clam.

*Seasonal. As with food, it is typically wise to drink what’s in season, and Spring/Summer is the time I implore you to start experimenting with pink wine.

Rosé (in France) Rosado (in Spain) Rosato (in Italy) is often made from varietals such as Pinot Noir, Garnacha or Sangiovese. If there is a red varietal you like, ask your local store for a Rosé that includes that varietal. If you are a white wine drinker, tell that to your local shop, or simply choose a Rosé that is lighter in color to start.

A great “intro” Rosee for those of you experimenting (or a lovely reminder as to why love Rosé) is the 2011 Cape Bleue from Jean-Luc Colombo. Bright pastel pink in color, I just loved it at first sip. I meant to drink one glass, but pretty soon I was singing praises of how much I love Rosé on Twitter. (Needless to say, my husband didn’t even get a lick of this bottle as I devoured it alongside a plate of sweet potato fries.) This is 67% Syrah, 33% Mourvedre- so, if you already love Syrah or Shiraz, you’ll dig this. That said, the aromas and flavors of rose petals, strawberry, and soft spice blend well to create a dry, yet balanced wine with just the right amount of tartness. Instantly, you’ll be channeling your inner Bridget Bardot or Alain Delon sitting along the French Riviera:

“…Oui, oui, mon petit chou, escargot s’il vous plait”

I don’t even know French but this Rosé has me believing I do.

“…No, no Gerard Depardieu! No oui, oui in première classe!”

If I cannot convince you to start experimenting with Rosés, you may either be a fun-hater or have too much apprehension. If the latter is the case, there is a great Rosé wine tasting event happening at Solo Vino on May 20 from 2-5pm. It’ll set you back a cool $30 but the opportunity to taste more than 130 Rosés is stupid-crazy not to go. Plus, I’ll be there getting my Rosé on. RSVP here:

www.solovinowines.com/Solo Vino

Belle Glos Clark & Telephone Vineyard Pinot Noir

Cost: Average price $40

Where buy now: France 44 – $39.99

Grapes: 100% Pinot Noir

Region: Central Coast, Santa Maria, California

Vintage: 2010

Belle Glos Clark & Telephone Vineyard Pinot Noir

If you are looking for a splurge or need to find a great gift, I must send you to France 44 for this lovely bottle of Pinot Noir. The packaging alone is magnificent! If you love the melty-wax goodness look of the Maker’s Mark seal, this bottle won’t disappoint. It, too, has a sexy, waxy closure. But, unlike the April “Skank of the Month” I reviewed, this bottle is much more than just a pretty face.

Belle Glos Clark and Telephone Vineyard Pinot Noir comes from a single vineyard in Santa Barbara, California. The vines sit at a lower altitude and this warmer climate produces more concentrated berry-fruit flavors. The strands used to make this wine are some of the oldest and largest in California.

Quite simply, it’s just a kick ass Pinot Noir. I had the pleasure of assisting a wine tasting host out at France 44 a month ago and this was one of said bottles. It was a favorite amongst the shoppers and definitely one of mine. Expect tastes that are both smooth, and yet complex. Flavors of tart ripe berries and sweet baking spices swirl with what seems like flavor of the ocean air lends itself to mouth-full of scrumptiousness.

Last, but not least: this is a wine you’ll want to stick your nose in- what a bouquet! Don’t be shy with this one, and retrieve scents of berries with a touch of cinnamon. And, oh yeah, the flavor on the tongue ain’t too bad, either.

I really don’t have much else to say [for once], and you know what? That’s just OK. Some wines just leave you with little more than a warm, fuzzy grin.