Spring is here and summer is right around the corner. With the rising temperatures, you know what that means, it’s Rosé time! I am a firm believer that Rosé season is all year long however, there is something about the warmer months that makes people want it even more. Rosé is definitely my wine of choice for sipping by the pool or to take along on picnics. It’s very versatile and pairs beautifully with a whole range of foods.
Unfortunately many people still associate Rosé with White Zinfandel and won’t drink it because of that. That is simply not the case. Rosé comes in all shades of pink and can be produced from numerous varietals and can come from wine regions from all over the world. Whole Foods Market has started a marketing campaign in their Southern California stores promoting Rosé called, The Rosé Garden. I recently paid a visit to the Whole Foods in Laguna Niguel, California and had an opportunity to speak with their wine specialist, Priscilla Vazquez. The Rosé Garden contains approximately 14 different selections, all in limited quantity, with Rosé made from several different varietals and coming from several wine regions across the world. You will find some wonderful selections from French wine regions such as Provence and The Rhone Valley, as well as Rosé from wineries that have small production from California’s central coast. The selection may vary slightly from store to store. One thing’s for sure, there is something for everyone.
This 2012 Rosé by Dragonette Cellars in Santa Barbara is one example of the different selections available. This one came from my local store in Laguna Niguel, California. This is a Rhone-style Rosé with a composition of 75% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, and 5% Syrah. In the glass, the wine pours a salmon color with aromatics of fresh watemelon, strawberry, and minerals. This wine is crisp, clean, and refreshing with flavors of tropical fruits, white peach, strawberry, and grapefruit; all wrapped around by bright acidity. The wine finishes long with a fresh burst of citrus and acidity. This is a small production wine with only a limited quantity of cases produced. The retail price on the wine is $19.99. This Rosé is delicious and highly recommended.
The price range for all of the wines in the Whole Foods Market Rosé Garden is between $11.99 and $19.99. With domestic and international selections, ranging from off dry to bone dry, there is something for every palate. Rosé is an extremely food-friendly and versatile wine. Now that the weather is getting warmer, you will want to stock up on Rosé to have on hand for picnics, barbecues, or for just some lazy afternoon sipping. If you are in Southern California, be sure to pay a visit to your local Whole Foods Market and take a stroll through their Rosé Garden. You will be sure to find something right up your alley.
A very special thank you to Priscilla Vazquez, wine director of the Whole Foods market in Laguna Niguel, California for her time and introduction to the Rosé Garden.
* This wine was provided as a media sample for review purposes.