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Written by Jacqueline Coleman, BT Contributor   
May 2020

Red, white, and you: Agreeable wine for $15 or less

APix_Vino_5-20pril showers bring May rosés! It’s a month, meaning the perfect time to restock the wine fridge with refreshing new bottles as the days get warmer.

On a serious note, the past couple of months have included hard times for all of us here in South Florida and across the globe. I don’t want to downplay the effects that the pandemic is having on our livelihoods, but I hope that we all have been able to find a silver lining.

When it comes to wine, we are lucky that most shops and even some restaurants that have remained open and have plenty of supply for us to receive via delivery or pickup. Both Total Wine and ABC Fine Wines and Spirits have multiple options for consumers to get their favorite bottles. This has been a welcome opportunity for those of us who enjoy the discovery of tasting different wines in the comfort of our homes.

Now, back to May rosés and these seven bottles of Old World favorites we can enjoy today and all year round.

It’s rare that a rosé from Provence will disappoint, and the 2018 La Grand’Vigne Rosé surely did not. Provence is the unofficial “home” of rosé as the only region in the world to focus primarily on this style of wine. La Grand’Vigne is everything you expect in a French rosé, complete with a red berries and Provençal floral aromas, a crisp, refreshing mouth-feel with flavors of ripe fruits like supple strawberry and grapefruit, and a lingering clean minerality. I paired the wine with some homemade sweet potato fries, and it was a wonderfully complementary snack, proving the versatility of this style when it comes to food pairings.

Just a bit to the west of Provence and also in the South of France is the Languedoc region, where Gerard Bertrand’s 2018 Côte des Roses is made. This wine is a blend of Grenache, Cinsault, and Syrah, and it comes in a beautiful bottle with a rose imprint at the bottom. On the palate, you’ll find more tart cherry flavors in a light-bodied wine that is perfect for the beach or pool. This is what you’d call a vin de soif, a “thirst quencher,” a wine that is perfect for simple enjoyment.

Travel up the Rhône River from Provence for the 2018 Les Rastellains Côtes-du-Rhône Rosé. If comparing fruit flavors to the previous two wines, think of this bottle as having more “cooked” fruit essences as opposed to the fresh fruit of the others. Deeper intensity and darker, this wine also has stronger minerality and savory notes, no doubt a reflection of the Rhône terroir.

Our last French wine is the 2018 Les Ligériens Rosé d’Anjou, which is a Gamay and Grolleau blend from the Anjou appellation in the Loire Valley. On the nose, there is a bit of orange peel alongside the typical red cherries, which creates aromatic complexity. This is another bolder rosé with ripe “late-summer” red fruit flavors. Medium-bodied and round, Les Ligériens has a style that is different from the wines from Provence, though delicious on its own merit.

For something more Italian, check out the 2017 Paint the Town Pink Salento Rosato, which is sourced and certified at ABC Fine Wines & Spirits. Fragrant fruits greet you on the nose, and a sip is like sucking on a strawberry candy with a lingering ultra-ripe strawberry finish. Though it’s a dry wine, the fruitiness may confuse you into thinking it’s sweeter. Paint the town pink with this rosé, but don’t worry about pairing it with dinner.

The 2018 L’Auratae Rosé is a Sicilian treat! This eco-friendly, vegan-friendly wine is made with organic grapes, It’s not only a feel-good choice, but also a taste-good one. Bright cherries, raspberries, and boysenberries dominate with medium acidity and a fresh finish. The bottle even tells you it’s a good match for pizza or fish, making it a pleasant option for everything from casual meals to something more serious.

Last but certainly not least, the 2018 Muga Rosado is a classic Spanish favorite from Rioja. This is a perfectly balanced rosé with the right mix of fruits like apricots, orange zest, and strawberry, a hint of something spicy, and welcomed acidity. The blend is primarily Garnacha, along with some Viura and Tempranillo. A wonderful bottle to enjoy with hard cheeses, Muga Rosado is a flavorful wine with a finish that lingers, making it hard to forget.


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