[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Rosé has the ability to take any event, gathering, or even just a simple meal to the next level. A glass or two… or three, if you’re like us, never fails to add a touch of enjoyment, luxury, and sophistication to pretty much any situation. I can’t recall a single moment that wasn’t made better when we cracked open a bottle of rosé. From relaxing on the beach to cuddling up by a fire on a cold winter evening (don’t believe the myth, rosé’s not just for summer), there’s a rosé out there for every occasion.
Taking in the sun, sand, sea, and surf on a warm day at the beach
The saying that “life’s better at the beach” has become widely popular because quite frankly, life is better at the beach. It’s a treat to trade in busy city streets or the suburbs for tan lines and salty ocean air. The beach exudes relaxation in the same way that a glass of wine helps you to unwind at the end of a long day.
Therefore, it’s no surprise that the ultimate combination is enjoying a glass wine at the beach. For us, the perfect trip to the beach can be achieved with a very simple formula: hot sun, sparkling sea and a chilled glass of wine. Forget your piña colada; go for a summery rosé to take the edge off the heat.
Suggested wine: Try Château Léoube’s 2014 Rosé de Léoube. These vines are planted by the side of the Mediterranean and benefit from the cool sea breeze as they grow, producing the perfect wine for seaside drinking. The nose of exotic fruits will provide refreshment, whilst the exceptionally chic bottle will give you an air of casual sophistication.
Best paired with: A tropical fruit salad – think pineapple, passion fruit and mango, with a cool slice of watermelon on the side.
Crack open a bottle to take any date night up a notch
Luxurious, sparkling, decadent, and enticing are all trigger words that can be used to describe the perfect date. These same words can also be used to describe the perfect bottle of rosé. What suggests extravagance and romance better than something sparkling and pink? Run a luxurious bubble bath and light some candles before popping the cork on a bottle of rosé fizz.
Suggested wine: Go for La Maitresse by Provençal vineyard Le Grand Clos for a satisfyingly fruity mouthful. This sparkling rosé is made with the traditional ‘methode champenoise’, and provides a flavorsome (and cheaper) alternative to champagne.
Best paired with: A bowl of ripe strawberries, ideally dipped in chocolate.
Enhance the flavors of a gourmet dinner
When planning the perfect dinner, typically it’s the food that determines your choice in wine. After all, the wine is usually meant to be an accent to the star of the show, the meal. Occasionally, it can be fun to toss this rule aside and let the wine call the shots. Pick out a fantastic bottle of Provençal rosé and treat yourself to one of the great dishes of the region: bouillabaisse. This extravagant fish dish is perfect for showing off your culinary skills, as well as bringing out the flavors in your wine.
Suggested wine: Whispering Angel by Château d’Esclans has recently become a rosé classic, and with good reason. This offering from Provence will transport you with its palate-grabbing notes of strawberries and raspberries, offset by a citrus acidity.
Best paired with: Apart from Provençal classics like bouillabaisse, rosé wines pair well with strong, salty flavors, making them particularly appropriate for fish and grilled vegetables.
Cuddling up on a chilly winter night
Sitting curled up by the fire on a chilly evening, you might feel an urge for a nice glass of wine. White wine feels like it will freeze your insides, whilst a big glass of red will send you to sleep and give you a terrible hangover to boot. The solution? A wintry rosé.
Suggested wine: The 2014 Corail de Roquefort by Château de Roquefort offers a satisfyingly weighty rosé option for winter drinking. Its flavors of dark red berries are complemented by festive spices and orange pith.
Goes well with: Mince pies, cinnamon buns or any other Christmas delicacy you choose.