July 31, 2019
Think Pink: BC Rosé for Summer Sipping this August Long-Weekend
With warm evenings, nothing feels quite like summer than starting your evening meal with a refreshing glass of BC Rosé. Not sure if Rosé is for you? BC wineries make a range of styles – there’s one for every palate. It’s growing in popularity because of the many occasions that suit Rosés from a picnic in the park to a drink on the patio, an aperitif or a barbecue treat. These food friendly wines are made to drink with friends and pair with spring and summer fare including salads, charcuterie, cheese, salmon and poultry.
Once known to be ubiquitously sweet and cheerful, the new era of dry, well-made Rosés tell a story of easy to drink and elegant, tasty and fresh at the same time. In BC rosés are made in the vineyard. The grapes are picked for pithy acidity. The grapes are fermented with their skins intact for a short period and then pressed with light skin contact to impart the colour of the grape skins to the wine. Visually they range from pale pink to salmon to partridge eye (tint of orange) to blood-orange. The winemaking generally emphasizes fruitiness with a soft and dry palate, lower alcohol and low tannins.
If you’re looking for a quality dry Rosé to sip, we’ve got some great wineries that offer a range of styles with broad variations in colour and flavour. Check these out and see which one suits your palate.
Averill Creek on Vancouver Island specializes in a cool climate Rosé. It’s deliciously fruity, light and floral. Palate is bright and crisp, filled with sweet strawberry, juicy peach, watermelon and a splash of citrus.
Pentage Winery in Penticton makes two different Rosés. If you like something with a lightly sparkling, their FIZZ Rosé is a blend of Pinot Gris, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Malbec. It opens with aromas of ripe strawberry and cranberry and moves into red berry flavours mingling on the palate. It’s dry, fruit forward and delicious.
Their second Rosé is a 100% Gamay. It’s lighter-bodied and full of vibrant acidity. The palate showcases a melody of strawberry and raspberry flavours with a zesty rhubarb finish.
Dirty Laundry in Summerland released their 2018 Hush Rosé this spring. It is a delightful blend of Merlot, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine tastes like summer. Think bursts of fresh strawberries, rhubarb, cranberries, cotton candy and juicy red apple.
Check out BC Rosés on menus across the province this August long weekend. Make sure you ask your sommelier for their favourite summer sipping Rosé to Celebrate BC Day.