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Rose

Now that the spring is finally arrived and Easter coming soon, let’s explore the rose wines now available, here at home and elsewhere in the world.

Rose wines were once for beginners, but now high-quality products have started to become popular with sophisticated drinkers.

The range of roses continues to grow and Vintages division of the L C B O releases several brands every two weeks starting May for several months.

Roses are fruity, delicate, and bursting with refreshing aromas.

They put sunshine into your glass.

While dressed in casual garb and sandals, there is no better place than a sidewalk café in ice or Cannes or Nice to enjoy a glass or two and eating bouillabaisse or calamari stew or breaded and deep fried calamari.

Some roses are blended using white wine as a base and adding red wine for colour and flavour enhancement, others are varietal., i.e Malbec Rosado from Norton in Argentina.

Varietal roses tend to be more flavourful, darker, and more assertive. Generally, grenache or shiraz are used in warm regions, in cooler ones, pinot noir, ore cabernet franc.

Rose wines should be consumed within one or two years of vintage, although some can evolve for four or five years if properly cellared.

Wine Writers’ Circle Of Canada staged a rose tasting recently consisting of more than 65 wines.

The following stood out:

Rose Champagne

Prestige Rose, Taittinger
89/100
$ 83.95

Sparkling roses

Brachetto d’Aqui, Coperativo d’Aqui, Italy
88/100
$ 19.95

Sparkling Rose, Graham Beck, South Africa
89/100
$ 19.95

Pinot Noir Sparkling Rose, Flat Rock, Niagara Peninsula
88/100
$ 16.95

Rose wines

Rose Featherstone, 2013, Niagara Peninsula
90/100
$ 14.95

Rose, 2013, Ridge Road Winery, Niagara Peninsula
90/100
$ 14.95

Rebecca Rose, 2013, Kacaba, Niagara Peninsula
88/100
$ 11.95

Rose, 2013, Agricola Masi, Veneto, Italy
89/100
$ 14.95

Rose Gran Feudo, Navarra, Spain
88/100
$ 11.95

Rose Ventoux, Ogier, 2013, Cotes Du Rhone, France
88/100
$ 10.95

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