How can it be so that we should be enjoying rosé year-round? That’s preposterous! Rosé is for sipping in the seasonally warmest months. After all, the season along with the coordinating flavors; ripe berries, fresh juicy melons, and bright citrus — reminiscent of a beautiful spring or summer garden — is what drives us to the pink juice.
The truth is, rosé is not just for those days when the thermometer’s mercury is peaking. There is a multitude of rosés, made in a variety of different styles available in today’s market. Finding just the right rosé to suit the palate rather than the season can provide year-round rosé drinking pleasure.
Traditional styles of rosé include:
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France, Spain (where it’s “rosado”), Italy (“rosato”), and the United States produce the most Rosé — by volume.
As expected, rosé is generally always an option on wine menus in restaurants, bars and almost anywhere that serves wine throughout the U.S. Although; it has been rare, in my experience that the offerings include a sparkling rosé.
Recently, I visited a wine bar that offered a few different sparkling rosés on their wine menu. Interestingly enough, the wine seemed oddly popular amongst patrons. As I nosily snooped, — under the radar — I noticed more often than not a glass or bottle of the pink stuff on the table. Yes, a bit confusing to me in a place where the wine options are vast, not to mention it’s cold outside; this is the middle of ‘winter’.
While it may not yet be acceptable amongst all, it appears many more wine drinkers are embracing the idea of enjoying rosé year-round. Yes, it is conceivable, as a fellow wine-enthusiast reminds “rosé is not a wardrobe…”
With that said, I want to share my bottle notes with you for a sparkling rosé that I purchased during that visit.
Raventós i Blanc, Cava Rosé de Nit 2016 – Bottle Notes
‘de Nit’ is produced in Spain by one of the region’s most exemplary sparkling wine producers; Raventos i Blanc. All fruit is from estate-owned, biodynamically-farmed vineyards in the Anoia River valley. Blended from only 6% Monastrell; this Rosé isn’t representative of a typical sparkling rosé. However, it is indeed one of the most impressive sparkling rosés on the market (arguably). In the glass, the color is a brilliant copperish salmon. Tantalizing aromas of fresh strawberry, white peach, citrus zest, herbs, and florals invite the senses to dance to a beautiful melody. It is delicate and lean, yet intensely refreshing with pleasant, lively acidity. The 2016 rosé cava is complex and well balanced with subtle bubbles, exciting effervescence, and a pleasing fresh finish.
At the extremely economical price point of $15 (SRP), this bubbly is a no-brainer buy.
Moreover, and lastly, ‘Cheers’ to drinking rosé year round!