I started a chat with a guy I play cricket with here in London. He’s a New Zealander who…well…let’s just say has his opinions. I’m happy with that, I mean what’s the point in having an opinion if you’re not willing to say it out loud when talking about something. Sometimes I even agree with him, but when he muttered the immortal line of “Rosé?? That stuff’s for girls, mate!” it was definitely not one of those times!!
If you ignore rosé as a wine drinker then you’re missing out. Most rosés are made to be drunk young, cool, and when the sun is out. Dear me, we all love that kind of drink, right? If you add in the usual flavours of red fruits like strawberries, raspberries, and cranberries, then it just makes sense.
Two main things vary with rosé. The style and the body. It depends how they’re made, but you can get light bodied wines for afternoon sippers, or meaty ones that need a barbeque to go with them.
In terms of style, I’m talking about sweetness. It’s a personal choice, but I like dry rosés. I find them more refreshing, that’s just me. Sometimes though, and especially with sparkling rosés, a touch of sweetness can turn it into a food pairing match made in heaven.
Summer’s round the corner, and it’s time to get the old blinkers off and try those pinks all over again.
Rosé de Chevalier (Bordeaux Rosé) and Delice Des Maines (Crémant de Bordeaux) are both available through www.20h33.co.uk, priced at £12.90