3:34 p.m. Sunday, November 1. I’m in a van heading back to Cusco, Peru. They told us it would be a 4-hour drive from Santa Maria, a small town near Machu Picchu, about four hours ago, and I’m sure we’ve still got like, two hours left. The stuffy van is making its way through the Andes at a (comfortably) slow pace. The views out of the window are breathtaking, to say the least: glacier-topped rugged mountains in the distance, rows and rows of cornfields, and – could it be???? Am I just imagining things? – rosy pink-walled adobe huts, and rosy-pink soil, for miles and miles and miles. “This must be where rosé comes from!” I thought in my sleep-deprived, hungry state. Alas, rosé does not come from these pink adobe soils; but just the sight of them left me yearning for a crisp, cool glass of rosé, in this stuffy, bumpy van.
The city of Cusco is a lovely, absolutely charming, and extremely colorful city. Aside from the rainbow of colors of the various hand woven crafts by the native Quechua people, the city has an alluring red to it. Nearly all of the rooftops are made out of adobe-bricks, which come from the surrounding areas. When you get a bird’s-eye view of Cusco, all you can see is a sea of rosy-red rooftops stretching across the valley, to rosy-hued mountains in the distance.
So then I started to wonder about the other rosy wonders of the world. And I came to realize, there are plenty of these places that will get your rosé taste buds salivating, just by being there.
(photo: Arrogant Frog)
Like Red Rock Canyon in Nevada, for one. I was but a little girl when I lived in Las Vegas, and took my first trip to the iconic red-hued canyon, far from the sparkling lights of the Strip. The colors vary from a light, rosy pink like that of a Pinot Noir rosé, to deep reds of a Merlot rosé.
Of course, as an eight-year-old, it was grape juice, not rosé, that I thirsted for. But with the dry heat of the Mojave desert, there’s no doubt in my mind that a bottle of rosé, perhaps a dry merlot rosé, in this case, would be the best thing to cool off while taking in the sights.
(photo: Darling Cellars)
Next up is the Grand Canyon, in Arizona. With numerous shades of red and pink and tan, it is eerily reminiscent to a lovely bottle of Grenache rosé.
Whether you’re going on a long hike through this colorful canyon, or just visiting for a day, a bottle of rosé would make this trip even more spectacular than it already is.
(photo: Geoff Merrill Wines)
With their bright pink hue, they too resemble the fine color of rosé. And with the humid heat of the panhandle state, you will be dying for a refreshing bottle of a typical rosé from Provence.
(photo: Majestic Wine)
While you’re there, you may as well head over to Key West, where you can end the night watching the rosy-orange sunsets with a glass of rosé in hand.
Back across the country to the Pacific Coast, a great rosé inspired, holiday getaway is Napa Valley Wine Country in California.
From rosy sunsets to delicious wine, a warm California holiday in Napa Valley is sure to spark your rosé thirst.
After a day of sipping some fine Napa Valley Rosé, you can take a cheery holiday wine trolley ride around the wine valley with the whole family.
(photo: Etude Wines)
Let’s head out of American soil for a bit and head across the Atlantic now to Senegal, home to the incredibly pink lac rose, Lake Retba.
A specific type of algae, and high salt content, contributes to this rosy-pink color of the lake, which is pinker between November and June – and since this is the dry season in Senegal, it’s definitely a nice, if not unusual, winter getaway.
(photo: Wine Align)
Back across the Atlantic now and further south, to the Atacama desert in Chile. A usually dry, barren landscape has exploded in a sea of pink… flowers.
Thanks to the El Niño phenomenon and it’s intense rainstorms, the Atacama desert is no longer just a desert; it is now a beautiful, rosé-colored field of heaven. In a way, the landscape looks a bit like Provence; pale pink, and despite the current weather, still bone-dry… So reach for a bottle of fine Provençal rosé before heading to this destination.
Well, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags (don’t forget the rosé!) and go indulge in some of the rosé wonders of the world this holiday season.
(photo: Wine Searcher)